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Ready to ditch those screens? We are too. I partnered with Lil' Fishys to share super fun ways to make it a screen-free summer afternoon.
Lately I've been thinking back to my own childhood summers. Most of my free time was spent outside riding bikes, swinging on my tree swing, playing with the neighbors, exploring the creek bed, reading a good book… You get the drill. My mom was adamant that we not sit in front of the tv all the time. Back then it wasn't hard to spend a screen-free summer afternoon away from electronics because about the only electronics we had were the tv and the radio.
Fast Forward to Now
Nowadays electronics are everywhere. They've invaded our lives; everywhere you look there's a screen whether at home or out and about. Even going out to eat may mean a tv blaring in your ears. It wears a body out trying to keep up with it all.
It's summertime, though, which means it's time to escape reality for a small portion of the day. Whether you have a weekend or a weekday afternoon, it's time to ditch the screens and get outside for a fun summer afternoon that may, in part, have you re-living your own childhood memories.
Blueprint for a Screen-Free Summer Afternoon
Water Fight. If you don't have a pool, it may be time for a good old-fashioned water fight. Break out the hose, the water guns, and the water balloons. Your kids will never forget the time Mom and Dad blasted them with a sneak attack of water balloons.
Head to the Water. Whether or not you love to swim and whether or not you have a pool at home, the water is calling. It's hot as hades outside, and there's really no better way to spend a hot summer afternoon than in or near the water. You can spend it in a pool or a creek or a lake… Gear up and head to the water for a little cooling off.
Don't Forget Pool Toys. My dad used to air up tubes from the tractor tires when we were headed to the creek; they made the BEST inner tubes. We even had a giant tube that 3-5 people could sit around. We'd float the afternoon away on those tubes. Grab the inner tubes, water rings, pool noodles, beach ball, goggles, and Lil' Fishys.Lil' Fishys Emoji Jellyfish actually bob up and down and swim in the water like real jellyfish. They also glow in the dark and give a color changing light show, making them great for a summer evening. They definitely add an element of fun to an afternoon or evening in the pool.
Ice Pops. Remember ice pops? The ones in multiple colors, long and thin in a plastic sleeve, the kind of freezer pop you could eat 10 of before you knew it? I know, I know, they're filled with artificial colors and sugar, but you have to admit, there's nothing quite like an ice pop or even a slushy to cool you off on a super hot afternoon.
Use Your Imagination. Find a tree in your yard or in a local park, and plop down in the shade with your kids. You can relax, you can read a good book, you can picnic, you can explore. Under a tree is the perfect place to play house.
Find a Creek to Explore. Find unique rocks for their rock collection. Wade in the water and be on the lookout for all sorts of living things. There's no telling what memories you can make whiling away an afternoon at the creek.
Make Homemade Ice Cream Together. I think this pretty much speaks for itself.
Blow Bubbles Together. Nothing cheers the soul like blowing bubbles with a toddler. There's no way you can't smile at the wonder and the giggles.
More Lil' Fishys Fun
We had so much fun with Lil' Fishys. You can adjust their tails to change how they move and flip around in the water. The blue whale was one of our favorites because not only did he scoot, flip, and roll in the water… But he sprayed water out of a little spout too.
I was really surprised at how fast they scoot around in the water. We went from Jaden not really wanting to swim for long that morning to there was no way I was dragging him out of that pool. He had way too much fun with his new little swim buddies. The icing on the cake was decorating his Lil' Fishys Habitat with stickers that came in the package. He immediately filled it up with water and put his new little “pet” in for a swim.
Lil' Fishys are fun for kids ages 3 and up. They include Pets, Habitats, and new Emoji Jellyfish. They do require 1-2 AAA batteries, which are not included. You can purchase Lil' Fishys products at Walmart, Target, Toys”R”Us, Kohl's, Shopko, Meijer, and Walgreens.