Here is a list of fun summer ideas I made for a friend who is going to
have her grand-kids all summer, and I thought it was a good start of fun
summer ideas for us as well, so enjoy this list of ideas of how to
handle summer with kiddos :)
Then add this: ~make a relaxed schedule and try to stick with it, except when away from home
~go see the free movies at the Allen Theaters (I recommend the 9am show)
~check out the www.howdoesshe.com
and print out the Summer Reading Star program. USE it. One of the great
things about having multiple ages is that the bigger ones can read to
the little ones. Ask parents what they want to use for prizes.
~Make your own playdough, sidewalk chalk, and finger paints. Use them (see links below)
enforce a quiet time after lunch. This is for YOU and them. *reading,
puzzles, actual naps, whatever...as long as it's quiet and you aren't
disturbed*~Go the library once a week to pick books for quiet reading
time/books on CD/a movie in case of a rainy day
~Plan lunches a week in advance so it's one less thing to worry about each day.
~Pack picnics and enjoy them under a tree on a blanket, even if it's in the backyard
~Pull out the board games and teach them to play your favorites.
~Look up www.littlelearninglovies.com for some educational games for cheap that you can print out and use some of that time for learning.
~Make a salt tray for the little ones to practice their letters and numbers
~Check out www.learnforalifetimelc.com for some day camp ideas for a little time away from the kiddos.
~Most zoos/museums have family passes that make it quite affordable.
a story together. Each person gets to tell a sentence, and then
illustrate it together and get it copied and bound at Staples or Kinkos.
you don't already have some, ask someone make you some wooden blocks and
let them build all day (Legos will also work, but only if they are a
special occasion thing that normally stays put away)
overs/beauty parlor/restaurant ~Pack a 'rainy day' box of special things just for
days when you can't go out. Puzzles, craft supplies, cards and dice, a
fave board game, a new read-aloud book, a DVD from the $5 bin at
Wal-Mart, a special treat they all love, etc
~Teach them the glory
of just being quiet and enjoying the day. Sip iced tea, read in the
shade, enjoy a rocking chair.
~Make them do chores, it they are helping make the mess, they can help clean it up
~Let them be bored, it's ok