Sometimes, it’s just too hot to be outside. When you and your children want to spend some quality time together but don’t want to brave the heat or spend money on indoor activities like going to a movie theater for the latest blockbuster, it’s time to get creative!
Make a taco bar with the whole family! Get out of the sun for a little while with this delicious, creative recipe from Food Network Magazine. Everyone can play “chef,” with each person in charge of his or her own part of the taco bar, from the guacamole station to the hot sauce station. An extra perk of this family friendly recipe? With a multi-compartment lunch box, you can even take your taco bar with you for work or school lunches for a tasty lunch that is much cheaper than dining out!
To make 2-4 servings, you will need:
- 4 thin slices roast beef (about 3 ounces)
- 4 (6-inch) soft flour tortillas
- 1/3 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
- 1/4 cup store-bought fresh guacamole
- 1/4 cup store-bought fresh salsa
- Mini bottle hot sauce
- 2-4 multi-compartment lunch boxes
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)
- “chefs” to help out
- Fold 1 slice roast beef inside each of 2 soft tortillas, and put in the biggest compartment of the lunch box
- Sprinkle cheese onto the roast beef and tortilla
- Pack other compartments with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and other favorite toppings each.
- Seal and send off to school or bring to work!
Everyone has the chance to contribute to the meal, and you get to spend a little extra time with the family!
On lazy summer days, sometimes we just don’t feel like being active, and even cooking a meal together seems too ambitious. Even energetic children need some downtime! Take the opportunity to read to your kids. You can even act out scenes from the stories to get them involved! Scholastic’s Parent & Child magazine has a few recommendations for places to start.
- Charlotte’s Web
- Tuck Everlasting
- A Wrinkle in Time
- Anne of Green Gables
- Where the Wild Things Are
Reading together will stimulate your children’s imaginations and will build memories that will last a lifetime! Support local literacy and save money by renting these books from your local library. Need more reading ideas for children? Magazines like Highlights can turn a lazy afternoon into a time of learning and discovery for children!
Indoor camping is another budget-friendly way to get the whole family involved. All you need are a few household materials before you and your kids are ready for a camping adventure!
- Graham crackers
- Small candles
- Additional snacks (optional)
Choose a “campsite” – a room with enough space for the project – and tie the rope to furniture. Drape the sheets over the furniture to create your tent. Once you are ready for the camping to begin, get the small candle, chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers for mini s’mores! Turn out the lights and use the flashlight to make the camping experience more realistic.
Even when the temperatures a tipping the 90s, you and your family can find fun, inexpensive ways to enjoy the summer. Let us know which of these ideas is your favorite!