The Kids' Summer Fun Book: Great Games, Activities, and Adventures for the Entire Family

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Cheerfully illustrated and designed to inspire family fun, The Kids' Summer Fun Book deserves a place in every family's home library. Parents will find ideas to recapture their childhood as they join with their kids in dozens of delightful summer activities. Ideas include summer beach parties with a sand castle building theme, hiking and camping trips in the great outdoors, kite flying, snorkeling, and even croquet in the backyard on stay-at-home leisure days. Activities are ...
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Cheerfully illustrated and designed to inspire family fun, The Kids' Summer Fun Book deserves a place in every family's home library. Parents will find ideas to recapture their childhood as they join with their kids in dozens of delightful summer activities. Ideas include summer beach parties with a sand castle building theme, hiking and camping trips in the great outdoors, kite flying, snorkeling, and even croquet in the backyard on stay-at-home leisure days. Activities are categorized by chapters:
  • Out of doors: fishing, fossil hunting, rock collecting, tree house building, and more
  • On the water: building a raft, canoeing and kayaking, swimming and waterskiing, surfing, and more
  • Summer games: beanbag toss, French bowls, softball, sack race, bicycling, and more
  • Crafts and activities: making a terrarium, watercolor painting, designing paper airplanes, gardening, and more
  • Feasting: planning picnics and making lemonade, angel cakes, summer smoothies, lemon tarts, and more

Where appropriate, readers will find detailed instructions, for instance, for building a tree house or concocting many summertime food treats. Summertime is fun time, and here are dozens of great ideas that inspire readers to make the most of warm-weather activities. Color illustrations throughout

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For nervous parents facing endless summer days and kids who have the "I'm bored" bug, this is a mixed bag of activities, games, crafts and recipes that will help stave off the doldrums.

The five sections each address a different topic and include detailed directions for at least 14 activities, most of which focus on getting kids outdoors. The projects range from exploring tide pools and stargazing to making a soda geyser, playing croquet and learning how to make some summery treats to eat. While there are many standout projects, this book is not without its flaws. Most kids will have already tried at least a handful of the things in each section. Many of the entries are limiting in that they require specialized equipment or access to specific places. But the worst flaw is a lackadaisical attitude toward safety. Beyond the copyright page, little is mentioned about parental supervision. And the difficulty scale (one=low; three=high) is no help in this regard—exploring sea caves is given a one, while building a tree house is a two. Helpful illustrations and photographs are scattered throughout the book, supporting the directions in the text. But here, also, there is a lack of concern for safety—the "row a boat" activity pictures a child sans life jacket, and it is not on the list of items needed.

There are some worthwhile projects here, but many don't come cheap and most require more skill and supervision than the text recommends.(Nonfiction. 6-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764145810
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 457,960
  • Product dimensions: 7.97 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author


Claire Gillman is the author of several children's adventure books. Married and the mother of two adolescent boys, she and her family live on the edge of the West Pennines in England's moors country.

Sam Martin is a former senior editor at This Old House magazine, and the author of several books for both the juvenile and adult markets. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons.

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