Wednesday May 30, 2012
Welcome to Summer Fun!!
Now that school's out and summer is upon us, do you need some ideas to keep the kids busy and happy?
Look no further!
Each Wednesday, I'll be posting several summer fun ideas. But before we get started, here are a few things to consider as you plan:
1. Ask the kids what they want to do. What would they like to learn? What activities would they like to try?
2. Consider what you'd like for the kids to do this summer. What was your favorite summer activity? What memory would you like for your kids to take away from this summer? Are there character traits you'd like to cultivate in your little ones? Can you use this time to grow those?
3. Don't attempt to do this all alone. Plan a few "Dad Only Days." Team up with a neighbor or friend. Check out local summer activities.
4. Be flexible. Plan, but be ready to back pedal if an activity isn't working out. Let the kids choose a theme or activity for the day or week. Or have a "do nothing" day, if that works.
Summer Fun Ideas - Week 1
1. Make a book about yourself for your grandparents. They'll love it! Include a photo, some artwork, a story or poem you've written, and a list of your favorite things. Box it up, address it, and take a trip to the Post Office to mail it. (Include a blank card addressed to you in the back...and watch your mailbox!)
2. Paint! Get some clean (or new) paintbrushes and rollers, a few sponges cut in interesting shapes, and a bucket or two of water. Paint with clean water on the fence, the side of the house, or the driveway.
3. Make your own glitter. Take 1/2 cup of salt and add 6 drops of food coloring. Stir well, and let it air dry. (If you're in a hurry, you can "cook" it in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.) Homemade glitter! If you want a bit more glitter and glitz, mix in some storebought glitter. Make cards or artwork with your new creation.
4. Bowl with 2 liter soda bottles. Weight them down with a little water in the bottom of each, set them out on the driveway, and bowl away.
Choose one or two and give them a try. I'd love to hear how they worked out.
What about you? What's your child's favorite summer activity? Or your favorite memory?