FOCUS has some great ideas for low or no cost summer activities for your family!

One of the best parts about summer is having time to do all the fun things you and your family have been dreaming about doing all year long. While many kids have a long list of things they have been waiting all year to do, it seems that the day always comes when everyone is sitting inside on the couch with nothing to do. When that day arrives for your family, pull out this list, and you will have some great low or no cost activities that will be fun for the whole family.

Go fishing. If you have a lake nearby and a set of fishing gear, then head on out and catch some dinner. If, however, you don’t have access to any live fish, you can still hold a family fishing tournament. Here’s how:

  • Attach a few magnets to the end of some string
  • Fill up the bathtub, sink, baby pool, or bucket with water
  • Drop some lightweight metal objects in the water
  • Start “fishing”

There are lots of ways to adapt this game. You can use a timer and see who can catch the most objects in a minute. You can drop spoons in the water and once the kids fish them out you can have ice cream sundaes. The options are limitless!

Make a treasure box. If you have some old magazines, a shoebox, and a glue stick, then you have the makings of a fun afternoon project. Have your kids pick some magazine pictures that they really like, cut them out, and then glue them on the shoebox to create their own special treasure box. They can put into it anything that is special to them, whether it’s a test they did really well on, a nice note from a friend, or a seashell they collected at the beach.

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FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is a resiliency-building program of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). FOCUS is an eight-session training program for military families that is grounded in more than two decades of research and experience serving families dealing with stress and changes. FOCUS is specifically adapted for the needs of military couples, children, and families and provides training in core resilience skills. These skills increase closeness, support, communication, and adaptability. Couples and families learn to work together to manage difficult emotions, set goals and problem solve, communicate clearly and effectively, and develop customized strategies to deal with ongoing stress and change.

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