Bored No More! 10 ways to celebrate the sunshiny season and connect with your girl!

Banana Sipper

This sweet smoothie makes a great breakfast or a quick afternoon snack. In a blender, combine two ripe bananas, 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons honey, and three ice cubes. Blend until smooth, and serve with a bendy straw. For more fun and delicious recipes, check out A Smart Girl’s Guide: Cooking.

 
 

Summertime Stripes

Add a splash of color to your girl’s shoes. Start with a pair of canvas slip-on shoes. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon so they fit across the toe of one shoe. Cover the work surface, and attach ribbon using fabric glue, hot glue, or Glue Dots. Trim excess ribbon. Repeat with the other shoe, and let dry.

 

Hot-Weather

Headbands Stay cool with this style. For each headband, cut a T-shirt into three 2-by-36-inch strips. Braid the strips into a cord that’s long enough to fit around your head. Tie the ends together before wearing.

 

Fun Facial

Mix up a homemade facial mask using natural items from your kitchen and this recipe from the book Truly Me: Spa-mazing: For two masks, combine 2/3 cup plain oatmeal, 2/3 cup warm water, 2 teaspoons honey, and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. Apply to face, and relax someplace comfortable. After 10 minutes, rinse and pat face dry.

 

Board Game Mash-up

Tired of the same old games? Make up a new one! Take playing pieces from one game, cards from another, and a board from another, and invent a wacky set of rules. Then let the laughs commence.

Happy Holidaze

Try this idea from The Sister Book: A Guide to Good Times with Your Family: Celebrate a silly holiday! Search online for a holiday your whole family will find hilarious— Puppy Day? Pickle Day?—and ask your girl to help plan a wacky activity that incorporates the theme.

 

Mini Dinner

Have your girl help you make this fun family meal. Serve mini hot dogs in dinner-roll buns, and make teeny salad sticks with dressing dip. Some combo ideas:
- Blueberries, spinach, strawberries
- Cucumber, cheese, tomato
- Carrot, lettuce, tomato

 

Buzzword!

Choose a favorite movie to watch with your girl, and decide before it starts on a word that might be said repeatedly. Whenever the word is spoken, the first one to say “Buzzword!” gets a point. Tally up the points to see who wins. Try this with AG's all-new Girl of the Year movie adventure (we suggest “Zac,” “Amazon,” or “Lea”), Lea to the Rescue. Available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ and DVD, 6/14.

 

Cherry Beary

Pack this healthy and kid-friendly trail mix for your next outing. Combine bear-shaped grahams, yogurt-covered dried cranberries, dried cherries, and granola into zip-top baggies.

 

Twilight talk

Take an evening walk with your girl around your neighborhood. It’s a great way to connect and to find balance after a busy day. Be sure to stop and listen every so often to the sounds all around.

For even more great summertime ideas, check out the July/August or Everyday Fun editions of American Girl magazine or catch up on AG Life on American Girl’s YouTube channel.