Summer Fun: Things to Do at Home with Little Boys
You don't have to go far to dig up some summer fun for your little boys. It just takes a little imagination. Here are a couple of things to make a routine summer day into an adventure.
We're Going on a Treasure Hunt
Most little boys love to go on treasure hunts. They pretend to be pirates, draw treasure maps, and search for the elusive buried treasure. Just imagine how your little boy's eyes will light up when they "find" a treasure map in their sock drawer one morning. Excitement will soon take over and your little treasure hunter will want to rush through his breakfast to get started on the hunt. Here's how to make what your son expected to be another monotonous summer day into an adventure.
You will need the following materials:
1. a cookie tin - any cookie tin will do
2. some treasure - "Treasure" can be purchased at your local Dollar Tree and you won't need much. Four or five pieces of treasure will do.
3. a piece of paper of any size but big enough to draw a map on - For best results, crumple the paper multiple times after you've drawn the map to the treasure on it.
You don't have to dig a hole in the back yard to make this fun. Flower beds, flower pots, and outdoor furniture make excellent hiding places for the treasure. For a rainy day, under a bed, in a couch cushion, or a closet make excellent hiding places as well. After your little treasure hunter goes to bed, hide the treasure and draw the map to the treasure. Roll the map and secure with string or fold the map and place it in one of your son's dresser drawers that he will use the next morning. The next morning, sit back and watch the adventure unfold.
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Here is both an educational and fun activity that can be done either indoors or outside. The best thing is that your little boy will be having so much fun hunting that he'll forget he's learning.
You will need:
1. a piece of lined paper numbered using the alphabet instead of numbers
Instruct your son to find items that begin with each of the letters of the alphabet and write it next to the corresponding letter on the paper. For example, "C" is for couch or "S" is for shelf.
Other variations of this game include the color scavenger hunt and the shape scavenger hunt for our younger hunters.