Plant A Garden
There’s nothing more rewarding than growing and nurturing your own veggies in your very own backyard. Go all out with an outdoor garden space or start small with a planter box. Start with vegetables that are fairly simple to grow, including lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, all while teaching your kids a sustainable and useful life skill.
Bright Tip! Once you decide on which veggies you’d like to include for your garden, germinate your seeds using Sparkle® paper towels before planting. Simply dampen a 4-inch square piece of paper towel, spread the seeds out evenly and then place another damp paper towel on top. Fold the paper towel and place inside of a plastic bag for about 3 days, or until the seeds sprout.
Visit A Local Park
Plan a fun and relaxing day at a local park in your area. Parks are a great way to enjoy the outdoors at little to no extra cost. You can bring along a blanket and a basket filled with sandwiches, fruit, drinks and other snacks to create your own picnic, or even bring playing cards and a good book to stay entertained while you enjoy the great outdoors. One of the best things about this activity—kids and pets allowed!
Bright Tip! Keep a roll or two of Sparkle® paper towels and disposable plates, cups and cutlery handy to use for eating and easy clean-up afterwards. (HINT: We like Dixie® disposables!)
Start a Summer Reading Book Club
School may be out, but reading is still in! Keep your kids engaged with a summer reading book club. Pull together a list of popular children’s books for your kids’ age range. Make a trip of it and also save a few extra bucks by choosing a reading list available at your local library.
Arts & Crafts
There are tons of arts and crafts projects that are simple, cost-effective and fun for both you and the kids! Whether you’re looking to get the kids outdoors or staying in on a rainy summer day, here are a few ideas of what you can make together:
- Food art: Use mini pancakes, fruit, pretzels and more to create fun animal faces, unique shapes and other edible art.
- Mini decorative towels for dolls: Cut out small rectangular pieces of the Sparkle® Hint of Color® paper towel design and create mini towels for your kids’ dolls—because even these beauties deserve a day at the pool!
- Create your own coloring or paint book: Search online for “coloring images” of your child’s favorite characters, sports and animals, then print them out on a full sheet of paper or even place on a canvas to create a personalized coloring book the kids will love. If using paint, use Sparkle® paper towels for wet paint brushes or messy hands if finger painting. (HINT: You can print out pages at your local library, too!)