Growing up, I always had a good answer for the what-did-you-do-this-summer question - camp, the beach, sometimes a fun trip with a friend's family. But these days things are different. Airfares that could make an accountant blush, gas prices that not long ago seemed like doomsday science fiction and overextended incomes (hello, mortgage crisis!) are the norms. Worse, they are inhibiting the abilities of families to get away. Still, your children can happily say they did fun things at home with their parents this summer ("I built a volcano in my backyard!"), if you plan your staycation right.
For parents of toddlers and preschoolers, that can be extra challenging though. Fortunately, Kathy Peel, family manager for Lloyd's BBQ, offered some tips for me to share with you.
Peel suggested these fun crafts for young kids:
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