Summer is around the corner.
The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and summer break is about to begin.
This can be a tricky and stressful time for you as a single mom with a constantly bored and complaining child.
However, summer is also a big opportunity for creating life-long memories and deepening the bond you have with your little one. All you have to do is plan ahead and prepare a few cool activities in order to make summer the best time of the year.
Here are 20 ideas to spend some quality time with your kiddo in the next few months.
#1. Go on a random acts of kindness/love bombing tour with your kid
Let your creativity guide you and surprise strangers with a few kind gestures. Your child will have a blast.
#2. Go on a hike
Make it interesting by telling adventure stories. Do you have waterfalls in your area? Even better – treat yourself and your child to a day walking around the water.
#3. Wash your car in swim suits
Kill two boards with one stone: have fun with your kid and finally have a clean car again.
#4. Have a backyard camp out
I used to love camping in our backyard as a child. Though we never camped with mom, I have plenty of amazing memories of those nights spent outside.
#5. Make ice-cream
Who doesn’t love ice-cream? And it tastes even better when you’re doing it yourself. So, make your favorite flavors and devour it right away.
#6. Eat smores
I had smores for the very first time in my life when I was 26. Chocolate + marshmallow + graham cracker! Yum! I fell in love with this treat right away and I’ll definitely introduce my child to smores much earlier.
Why not plan a few nights in your backyard eating smores and telling stories by the fire?
#7. Go for a picnic
Plan a beautiful day in nature with your little sweetheart and pack all the treats you love.
#8. Pick wildflowers
Take your child out for a long walk picking a bouquet of wildflowers for your home.
#9. Create sidewalk chalk masterpieces
Not really all that talented when it comes to drawing? Who cares! Just enjoy yourself anyway.
#10. Have a lemonade stand
This’ll give your child a few cool business lessons and skills: counting money, engaging with customers, figuring out where the best location for the stand is and so much more.
#11. Have a water balloon fight in your backyard
What’s cooler than having a water balloon fight with mom?
#12. Have a DIY spa day
Give each other manicures, pedicures, massages and face masks. Then, sit down to watch a girl’s movie and eat some popcorn.
#13. Run through sprinklers
Even if you don’t have sprinklers yourself, be daring and run through a few in your neighborhood.
#14. Watch an outdoor movie with your child
There’s hardly anything more special than watching a movie outside, with the stars sparkling in the sky.
#15. Set a goal and complete a home project
What’s one project you’ve always wanted to do with your child? Why not get started with it this summer?
#16. Read a book together
Instead of reading books in solitary, pick a book you’d both enjoy and take turns reading it aloud. Make it a ritual to read at least one chapter a night and maybe even light some candles to create a nice atmosphere.
#17. Take long bike rides
Explore your neighborhood and your area by bike! Just take off in the morning and don’t come back until sunset. No need to plan ahead, you can just follow your instincts or let your child decide.
#18. Have a food fight
OK, so this isn’t necessarily a summer-only activity, but it’s still worthwhile mentioning here. Surprise your child by suddenly throwing popcorn in her face or smearing some ice-cream on her nose. Belly-laughter is guaranteed!
#19. Make a photo journal
Go old-school and print all the photos you’ve taken in the last few years instead of just looking at them on your computer.
#20. Let your kid take charge
For one day, leave your child in charge of everything. Let her cook, make decisions about what you’re going to do, even dictate bed times. Try to let go of being Mrs. Control Freak and simply relax into a day without being the responsible one.