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Bright Ideas From Our Readers: Inexpensive Summer Outings

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By GreatSchools Staff

Inexpensive Craft Projects

"My two boys (ages 8 and 11) and I make a trip to our local arts and crafts store with a 40% off coupon in hand. One time we purchased a kit that made five tie-dye T-shirts. That kept us busy one afternoon.

"Our next project will be to develop the film in their disposable cameras and again, head to that craft store with our coupons to buy two scrapbook kits for them to work on."

This Whole Family in Florida Takes Advantage of the Library

"One of the things that has made my daughter happy this summer is going to the library once a week and to the children's section of a bookstore. (This helps us to pick out a book from the library.) She is 8 and starting to read; this has helped her to gain strenghten in her reading. The library also works for my husband and me because we get great books on audio and this makes the lazy days of summer more fun for all of us."

Comments from readers

"Thanks for the ideas! Now I have another item to add to my to-do list: Plan activities for the summer (so that you don't get to the end and wish you did more!) Seriously, I am SO glad I read this now...thanks Great Schools for doing this article early! "
"These ideas are great! One idea that worked for me with my young son was going to a lumber yard and getting a few scraps. We headed home and got out the nails and a hammer. The only purchase I made was a pair of goggles at the beginning of the end of summer, he had spent many happy hours making things and showing them to any member of the family that venured near the wood pile! "
"Teach your children about giving back in the community during the summer by volunteering at a local shelter. My children and I had to stay at our local shelter for a few weeks last year. Activities were very limited because the place was very secured and safe. I think my children would have liked other children to play with. Maybe an outdoor adventure to a local park. A good many of women and children who come to these shelters are in hiding and are often from other areas and states. They don't know what there is to do in the town they have found themselves in and are often afraid to venture out alone. "