Family fun doesn’t have to take much time. Other related lessons? Fun doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It just has to be fun. These ideas for 15 minutes of family fun in July will get you started!
I can hardly believe that July is nearly here. It’s so weird to me how the days sometimes feel so incredibly long during this pandemic, and yet, it feels like the weeks are flying by.
We have a new addition to the family – my grandson William was born this past Monday! Everyone is well and the birth couldn’t have gone much better. Walter isn’t so sure about his new brother, but he’s warming up to him a bit.
On to the fun ideas!
15 Minutes of Family Fun in July
CELEBRATE CANADA DAY AND THE 4TH OF JULY
One fun activity we like to do that doesn’t take much time is to stomp or dance on bubble wrap! It’s a great way to make that popping sound without setting off any fireworks. SO much safer for kids – just be sure to use it with supervision as the plastic would obviously be a choking hazard.
Another idea is to use some confetti launchers. You can make these ahead of time or take a little extra time to have the kids to make and decorate their own. You don’t need to use confetti either (and if you do, I recommend the eco-friendly kind).
You can also use birdseed in them or marshmallows. Indoors, we like to use pompoms. They’re soft, colorful, and easy to clean up.
MAKE SOME SIDEWALK ART
Sidewalk chalk is a lot of fun! You can create some pictures, leave some messages for your neighbors, or even create a little “obstacle course” or make your own little world for playing with cars and figurines.
There are a bunch of sidewalk chalk art ideas here you might want to try. They even have some DIY chalk and chalk puffy paint recipes there you can make.
GO ON A MOTH OR BUTTERFLY HUNT
Near the end of July is National Moth Week so it’s the perfect time to hunt for moths (or butterflies if you don’t have many moths around) in your backyard.
If you’re looking for an evening activity, this post shows you how to attract moths with a sheet and some lights. You could take photos of the moths your find or make sketches of them.
MAKE SOME ICE CREAM SUNDAES
This month is National Ice Cream Month and it’s also the month for National Ice Cream Sundae Day. Why not set up a DIY ice cream sundae bar one hot summer day?
Let the kids build their own sundaes – if you’re brave, let them build one for you too!
CELEBRATE NATIONAL AVOCADO DAY
National Avocado Day is July 31st. You can celebrate by making some guacamole or avocado toast.
Plant the avocado pit and start your own avocado plants at home.
MAKE A MILK MUSTACHE
The end of July is also National Chocolate Milk Day. Why not have some chocolate milk together and see who can make the best milk mustache?
TELL SPOOKY CAMPFIRE STORIES AROUND THE FIRE PIT.
If you don’t have a fire pit in your backyard, lay under the stars and tell your stories anyway!
HAVE AN IMPROMPTU DANCE PARTY.
Put on some music and dance it out with your family. This is a great way to break the tension when it’s been a rough day or to “shake those sillies out” when everyone is feeling a bit of cabin fever.
PLAY SOME OLD-FASHIONED GAMES.
Think of things like Hot Potato, Freeze Tag, or Simon Says.
WORK ON A JIGSAW PUZZLE.
You can do a small one that is easily completed in 15 minutes or get out a more intricate one and work on it for 15 minutes a day until completed.
PLAY LIFE-SIZED OPERATION.
This is such a fun idea based on the classic Operation board game. Find some small items and a pair of tongs (or tweezers for older kids).
Lie down on the floor and arrange the items on your legs and stomach. Let the kids try to remove them with the tongs or tweezers without touching you. It’s a great way to develop motor development!
If you’re looking for more ideas, many of these 15 Minutes of Family Fun in June ideas can still be used in July!