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Tuesday's Top 10: Summer Fun While School's Out

LongIsland.com

Fun activities for the kids this summer.

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As the end of the school year approaches, children and teachers are counting down to vacation. This may be a bittersweet time for children who will miss their teachers and their friends.  As parents, you will either be getting trunks packed for sleepaway camp, getting backpacks ready for day camp or preparing for opening day of Camp Mom. 

Nothing says camp quite like friendship bracelets and tie-dye.  You can help your youngsters make them at home. Even little kids can tackle this basic designs.  Other fun arts and crafts ideas can be found on Pinterest

Get back to nature.  Take a magnifying glass to a park. Hunt for a stone with lines, a buttercup, a pinecone, a feather, and a leaf. Take turns examining each item up close. Head outside to look for bugs and insects, then recreate them. Give rocks a coat of paint and add spots or stripes. Glue on a set of googly eyes. Once the rocks dry, enjoy your new pets.

There'll be no "I'm bored!" whining this summer! Make a staycation as fun for your kids with these awesome (and reasonable) activities.  The summer always goes too quickly.  Before you know it, you'll be buying school supplies.

Let us know how you will spend your summer days on LongIsland.com's Forum.