For most children, summer means: no school. Lots of free time to run around outside and do things. Here are some of those summer activities for kids.
- Fishing. When the water approaches its maximum seasonal temperature, most of the fish are most active now. With this rapid metabolism, fish grow and perhaps more importantly eat. So one of the first kids summer activities should include the 3B: bait, bobber, and bluegills.
- Boating. As long as the safety precautions are observed (life jackets, not alone, etc.), almost every watercraft has a high priority in activities during the summer holidays. Fishing boats are a given, but kayaks, canoes, and even tubing can be a “scream” and one of the classic, relatively inexpensive summer activities for families. Visit Discover Boating for more tips and tricks to keep your toddlers entertained in 6 Boredom Busters for Kids and Toddlers: Boating Edition on board.
- Hike. Not only is this great for physical fitness, but if you can get kids to listen and be attentive, wildlife viewing can be fascinating. However, if they can’t stay calm enough, take advantage of the hiking to explore new secluded, less pressured fishing areas.
- To go biking. Another of the most popular summer activities for kids. It also has similar benefits to hiking, but is faster. Fishing gear needs to be reduced significantly and securely fastened when mountain biking to this secluded fishing hole.
- Practice fishing. Whether it’s summer kids activities at home or summer vacation activities, you can combine some basic fishing gear with a hula hoop, frisbee, or bucket and create your own kids casting competition. If you don’t have a pouring plug, remove the hooks from the split rings on an old bait. Throw, twist, throw overhead, or even put the target under a picnic table (free!) And try to “skip over” it with a side arm throw, as you may need to master for throwing under a dock or pier. The fun activities for children can be continued in the yard by integrating different types of reels such as spin-cast, spinning, bait caster or fly fishing.
Because of the heat, just add water for summer activities for children. If you’re not currently on or near water, make your way there. Or if it’s really hot while the kids practice their accuracy, timing, and control at casting competitions in the yard, you can try to restore a sudden downpour by fitting the good ol ‘water hose.
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.