I love being creative in the summer; painting, sketching, picture taking, writing, coming up with games to play and everyday creativity too. The sunlight, the smells, the fun all add to the excitement of being creative and add outdoor activity to the benefits of creativity. Add in that we have more places to take our creativity to during this season and we’ve got loads of fun.
There are many places that we can visit once summer begins that we usually can’t. There are also perks to visiting places during the summer that we visit at other times of the year. Let’s talk about some of the places we can take our creativity in the summer.
- Picnic Areas
- Camp Grounds
The beach and outdoor pools are only open around us during the warmer months, usually from the end of May until September, so we spend as much time as possible at the beach when we can. While traveling we come across “picnic areas” that might be open year round but many are only open for the summer months. They are perfect for short breaks after traveling the car for a bit. Our family enjoys camping, even if we don’t get to do it as often as we’d like. There are other places that we visit during the rest of the year that have different aspects to them in the summer.
- Play Parks
- Family Get-Togethers
We spend time in the woods studying nature and checking out God’s creativity in every season. Part of exploring in the summer is seeing the many plants in full bloom and leaf. Animals are growing up from the babies we spotted in the spring. The woods are an exciting place in the summer. Quite a few of the play parks near us are cleaned up and updated just before the summer rush hits. That means there might be new things to play on and explore. Many museums change their displays and exhibits along with the seasons. We love checking these out each season, especially in the summer with lovely air conditioning. Our family get-togethers are spent outside during the summer – BBQ’s, family reunions, bonfires, and other types of celebrations.
Visiting new places or places that are different because of the season can encourage creativity and give it a boost. So what can we do with our creativity at these fun places?
- Gather items – sea glass, sea shells, flowers, berries, twigs, etc.
- Observe items – frogs, fish, plants, flowers, birds, animals, waves, sand, etc.
- Make stories
- Take photos
- Write poems
- Play games
Some of these activities can be done at any time but some of them are easier to do in the summer. We can gather items to view their beauty, use in a creative project or just as part of a collection. Remember to be careful doing this, we don’t want to harm anything or get into anything like poison ivy. Observing interesting items to sketch them, paint them or just to admire them is another great creative activity. We love to make up stories about the animals or people we observe while walking on the beach or in the woods. The kids also love to make up stories about adventures they would take if they were on the big boat bobbing along the waves at the beach. We write poems about the turtles sunning themselves on the logs in the pond and the fish swimming around our toes. Creating games to play on the beach, in the pool, or at the campground is always a fun activity to do. It is amazing what the kids can come up with when they use their creativity.
One of the most important things we do, no matter what season it is, is to look at things creatively. Our family finds summer to be a good time to do this. How do we look at things creatively? Listen for the music that the waves make. Does it remind you of a song or some other sound? Look at the art and beauty of a seashell. What colors and shapes do you see? Sunlight makes patterns of light and shadows in the woods. What fun shapes can you find? Clouds drift through the sky. Can you discover shapes or objects as they shift and change? Flowers are pretty, colorful and some smell wonderful. Can you write a poem, song or story about it to share with others? These are just a few ways to look creatively at things you see all around. It is in your everyday life to enjoy, experience and share.