are fun to build, hide in, read a book, or play in with a friend.
a blanket over a card table or picnic table. Spread a sleeping
bag on the ground for a cozy retreat.
one end of a blanket to the railing or a deck or porch. Pull
out the opposite end and secure at an angle with bricks or rocks.
This is a "cool" place for a game or snack from the summer sun.
appliance box or other large box can be a "castle" to a child.
Cut out doors and a window with a utility knife. (An adult will
need to do this!) Let the children decorate with paints, markers,
you have an old suitcase in the attic or basement? Find some old
shoes, hats, jewelry, nightgowns, or other old clothes and let
the children play dress-up.
adults who love to read remember how special visiting a library
with their parents in the summer was! What a wonderful way to
spend time with your child, encourage literacy skills, and introduce
them to the magic that can happen when you open a book!
once said that books are like old friends you want to visit again
and again. Make libraries and books old friends for your children!
check out the summer reading programs available at your local
library. There are puppet shows, story hours, and so many exciting
things for children and adults!