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Three Summer Projects For You and The Kids

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If you have young children, it's always good to have a few back up plans for sumer activities in the event of inclement or overly hot weather. Summer doesn't always mean vacation. It's just a well-deserved break from work and school, giving you that much-needed quality time with the ones you love.

Having said that, kids don't always see it that they. They get bored easily and then complain and whine until you think of an activity for them to do. So why not come up with a few fun projects this summer? Something that you can all do together, that's fun and is also a great way to bond too.

Here are a few ideas for projects you can do as a family.

Build a Boat
Since we live close to several bodies of water (a river, the ocean, and several inlets and lagoons), this is a feasible idea for us. A family we know did this a few years ago and had tons of fun putting this together and eventually putting it to use. Not only do you get to work together as a family, but if you do things correctly, you will actually be able to use the boat, and that itself will be so rewarding not just for you, but the little ones even more so.

Do your research before attempting anything, so whether that be reading some books, watching videos online or even speaking with a professional, make sure that you follow the safety precautions.
Assign each child a job, and tell them about the responsibility that they have.

Build a Cabin/Fort
A cabin can be transformed into a whole bunch of different things, whether you're going for a small play room, a day room to hang out in, or even a home! There are many different ways on how to build a log cabin, so it's a good idea to decide on what your plan is beforehand, so you all know exactly what you want.

Sit down together and talk about ideas. Get your kids to draw out what they'd like to build, and tell them to list everything, inside and out. Once you have a sketch and have discussed your ideas - come to a conclusion of what you're all going to build. If possible, try to incorporate everyone's visions into the final idea.

If a cabin isn't in the plan, I small indoor fort is a fun, creative way to spend a rainy day.

Build an Obstacle Course
If your kids love a good run around, then why not design an obstacle course? It's actually a lot easier than it sounds. All you really need is wood and rope , and a few tools to make things easier - that's pretty much it. The only other thing you will need (possibly the most important thing,) is creativity. Think of ways you can join pieces together in order to make something awesome. Remember, your kids will want to jump and climb and run and crawl! - So whatever you can do to make that happen will be amazing. Ask your kids what they think; they are bound to have some clever tricks that maybe your adult mind didn't consider. That's the beauty of being young - you aren't restricted by having to be 'practical.'

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