Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Fun Activities


I'm so excited that summer is finally here! We finished up our school year earlier in May, but I've spent the last few weeks just trying to regroup. So today, with Memorial Day, I am officially kicking off our summer.

The small people have some summer camps they're going to attend - The Boy has boy scout camp and church youth camp; Soccer Girl, Ballerina, and Little Red are going to camps at our local museum and Bible school at our church; and Sassy Pants is going to soccer camp.

When they're not participating in camps, I don't want the small people to spend their summer just sitting around (although that's not always a bad thing). So I've come up with a plan to be purposeful about doing a variety of activities this summer.

I came up with 50 different activities to do with the small people this summer and separated them into categories: trips, indoor activities, outdoor activities, and in the kitchen. I gave each category a color and spray painted craft sticks to match. Then I wrote the activities on the correct color sticks and put them in a pot. Now, all we have to do is choose a stick of the appropriate color each day. (Obviously, if it's raining or too hot, we need to do indoor activities. Traveling isn't always an option. Etc.)

Here's our activity list:
Travel: 
Go to the zoo
Go to the park
Go to the splash pad
Go to the pool
Go on a picnic
Go bowling
Go to Swan Lake
Go get slushes/milkshakes

Indoor Activities:
Make ice boats
Play board games
Make paper airplanes
Do splatter painting
Decorate flower pots
Decorate t-shirts
Make suncatchers
Paint a portrait
Make bird feeders
Bubble painting
Make friendship bracelets
Paint coffee filters
Make recycled crayons
Paint with marbles
Build with marshmallows and toothpicks
Reading day
Make paper bag puppets
Make a mosaic
Puzzle day
Ice painting
Movie day

Outside Activities:
Play hopscotch
Play tag
Read books outside
Play with sidewalk chalk
Play with sidewalk paint
Have a water balloon fight
Have a sponge ball fight
Play flashlight tag
Water gun wars
Make an obstacle course
Play with playdough
Go for a bike ride
Play Frisbee
Play in the sprinkler
Play Frisbee tic-tac-toe
In the Kitchen:
Make cookies
Make a cake
Make a new recipe
Make s'mores
Make campfire cones
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