School is out and summer’s here! That means families can also enjoy a well-deserved break in hectic homework and extracurricular activity schedules. Of course, kids are geared up and ready to have some fun in the sun. But, giving kids household responsibilities during summer vacation also provides a great character-building opportunity. Here’s a look at five things kids can do to pitch in around the house and neighborhood during summer break.
Wearing bathing suits and having a hose fight or running through the sprinkler after you’re done is a great way to cool off and reward the kids for their hard work. This activity also makes a great volunteer job for kids to help out elderly or challenged neighbors who might have difficulty doing it themselves.
Organizing a Garage or Yard Sale
Deck or Patio Gardening
Several vegetables also grow well in deck containers including tomato plants, bell and chili peppers , lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and green beans, to name a few. Cucumbers and green beans will climb. So, cucumbers will need a trellis or support posts and it’s better to stick with bush beans that only grow to one or two feet on their own stems. Kids can water the veggies then help pick, clean, eat or freeze them. It’s a great sense of accomplishment for kids to know they’re eating something they grew themselves.
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