My kids are so full of energy all the time that we have to be creative with them. In the summer they love to play outside, but they also have to have some kind of schedule. If the don’t, they get bored because there is nothing to follow and they feel there is nothing to do. So we created a Summer List and also a Summer Schedule.
This is our Summer List:
Water gun fight
Make homemade ice cream
Camp in the backyard
Go to a Water Park
Go to Legoland
Go to the Zoo
Work in the house
Work to earn some money
Create our own holiday
Make a bird feeder
Chill and hang out lots and lots!!!
In the schedule I make sure there is enough play time. Usually they get up, have breakfast and we do a little bit of school (so they do not feel totally spaced out the first week of school). My oldest loves this.Then it is play time.Sometimes they play Wii (they are not allowed to play every day, and they Wii is actually a privilege, so it HAS TO BE EARNED depending on what the chore chart looks like!) or they play Legos, building forts, Hot Wheels, etc. Then at noon we have lunch and then it is “resting time,” consisting of a quiet movie or a good book, laying on the floor with their pillow pets. I sometimes read with them. After resting time it is play time again, and they usually play outside with the sprinklers and the slip n’ slide. We have dinner and then it is family time, we go for a walk, or do something in the house. After that it is shower time, reading scriptures and bed (we are bad at this one, sometimes bed time gets kind of late!)
THEME OF THE MONTH:
I found out that my kids love to be organized and have something they can look at and know what they are supposed to do (that even includes a chore chart). So every month we do a theme of study (for school or reading time) that they pick out. June is History, so we have been going to the library and reading books about the history of the country. At the end of the month we will do a timetable and my oldest wants to do a presentation (to dad, I guess!) July is science and August is animals. They cannot stop learning. I tell them often how great is to be a child and create, imagine and explore.
We created a plan for every day of the week:
Monday: Backyard adventures (they plan and explore in the backyard, usually involves having fun with water)
Tuesday: Pool Day
Wednesday: mom works
Thursday: Park day ( we go to a different playground/ parks a week)
Friday: Library day, pizza and movie night
Saturday: family fun
Sunday: Family time day
This does not mean that we spend the whole day doing this, just part of the morning/afternoon.
Here are some pictures of the fun times:
With a friend:
And here are some more ideas:
- Create your own board game
- Make “move night” in the back yard
- Make slime
- Make pudding paint (pudding + food coloring)
- Make a garden
- Play charades
- Camp in the backyard
- Find constellations or look at the stars at night
- Go to a “field trip” to a factory, pizzeria, etc
- Let them be chefs and cook a new recipe (even if it is gross…)
- Make plastic bottles rockets
- Make a baking soda volcano
- Go to a dollar movie
- do a Pinewood Derby with legos
- Make homemade ice cream
- Don’t forget the LIBRARY story time!
- Check your local home improvement store and see if they have kids projects on Saturdays!
- Make a kite and fly it in the park
- Plant a vegetable you have not eaten before
- Make lunch sack puppets
- Make your own bubble solution (recipe coming in future post!)
- Have a water gun fight
- Have an Olympics day in the back yard with different stations (baseball, soccer, etc)
- Make a movie
- Go fishing
- Go on a hike
- Go on a bike hike
- Make a lemonade stand to raise money for charity
- Give them jobs to do and pay them some money so they learn how to save
- Once in a while, have a lazy day
- Make your own stuffed animal
- Using big boxes, let them build their own house and decorate it inside using pictures of magazines, crayons, etc
- Create a music band using home made instruments!
- Go on a picnic
- Make sculpts using home made clay (more to come in another post)
- Make jewelry using dry pasta
- Play with home made Moon Sand (Recipe to come)
- Make own caramel candy
- Have a international day and cook foods from another countries
- Have a party and let your guests bring non perishable items to donate to a local pantry
- Learn words in another language
- Have a pajama day
- Make a wind chime using soda pop lids
- Write a comic book
- Make your own crayons
- Do a Christmas in July and exchange gifts from the Goodwill
- Do something nice for somebody else. Example volunteer to clean grandma’s garage, etc
- Make no sew “reading blanket”
- Enjoy the beach!!!
- Make boats out or left over containers: soda pop, water bottles, juice boxes, and have a race in the tub or inflatable pool
I hope you like these ideas. The most important thing really is not WHAT you do but that you SPEND QUALITY TIME with yous kids! It does not have to be extraordinary. They sure will enjoy just reading a good book or they having your attention while they play in the inflatable pool.
Stay tuned! I’ll be posting pictures and recipes of our “science projects”!!!!
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