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Exercise tips… and ideas!

It’s serendipitous that our theme this week is “exercise with your kids week” since just last week my husband said, “Why don’t you go to the pool with us?” (He and our daughter.) I replied with, “I don’t like going to the pool in the heat of the day. It’s crowded and just not for me.” It’s not that I never enjoy spending time at the pool with them, I just prefer to go when it’s not so crowded. In fact, I find it much more relaxing when we spend quality time together – my definition of quality time is the three of us alone, having fun, engaging in some activity together.
Out of this exchange I got the idea of sitting down as a family and listing the top three types of activities or exercises that we each enjoy doing. Then, my logic goes, we could take turns doing an activity that each of us has chosen so that each of us will be doing one of our favorite activities on a regular and frequent basis.
This reminded me of an email I received early in the summer with a list of fun summer activities. So here’s a list of really fun activities to do with your family. Young or old, with your kids or with your parents (no matter how old you are!), with your family or your friends – there’s sure to be a fun activity on this list. Enjoy!

60 Things To Do This Summer

Eliza Clark
May 18, 2012

Last summer, our Savvy team made a list of 50 things we wanted to do with our kids.

  1. Have a backyard campout (  )
  2. Build a fort (  )
  3. Fly a kite (  )
  4. Go to a drive-in movie (  )
  5. Write a story (  )
  6. Have a picnic ( )
  7. Have a pajama day (  )
  8. Plant flowers ( )
  9. Make a magazine collage (  )
  10. Make homemade lemonade (  )
  11. Play a board game ( )
  12. Work on a new sport ( )
  13. Build a model (  )
  14. Collect seashells (  )
  15. Melt crayons (  )
  16. Have lunch at work with dad (  )
  17. Make a fancy cake ( )
  18. Visit the cemetery (  )
  19. Go on a hike (  )
  20. Play miniature golf (  )
  21. Paint our own pottery (  )
  22. Have a cousin party (  )
  23. Do a big puzzle (  )
  24. Slip-n-slide in the backyard (  )
  25. Chalk the walk (  )
  26. Watch fireworks (  )
  27. Go fishing ( )
  28. Make a fancy dinner (  )
  29. Write a poem (  )
  30. Spend a day at the museum (  )
  31. Bead bracelets (  )
  32. Build sandcastles (  )
  33. Make a movie (  )
  34. Tell ghost stories (  )
  35. Skip stones at a river (  )
  36. Go on a scavenger hunt (  )
  37. Eat at a new restaurant (  )
  38. Go to a new park (  )
  39. Get a haircut (  )
  40. Buy school clothes & supplies (  )
  41. Press flowers (  )
  42. Keep a summer journal (  )
  43. Work on learning to scooter/bike/roller-blade (  )
  44. Visit relatives and old friends (  )
  45. Spend time on a farm (  )
  46. Pick fresh fruits and/or veggies (  )
  47. Try new recipes (  )
  48. Read an entire book series (  )
  49. Make art out-of-doors (  )
  50. Go to the beach (  )

Here are a few things we did that were not on the list:

51.   Play card games (  )

52.   Take a boat ride (  )

53.   Spend time with grandparents (  )

54.   Read chapter books (  )

55.   Make new friends (  )

And here are some things we’d like to add to our list:

56.   Go sightseeing in our town (  )

57.   Try horseback riding (  )

58.   Clean out the toy shelves (  )

59.   Work on swim strokes (  )

60.   Visit a friend who lives far away (  )

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