Summer is fast approaching, and for some of us, that means school’s out! At our home, we’re looking forward to a few weeks of rest and recuperation so I can plan for next school year, and the kids can enjoy summer activities.
I thought about what types of activities I could do with the kids this summer (because of course, I wanted this summer to be unique and different than all other summers), and after a bit of web browsing, I came up with a short list of activities that my kids might find fun and interesting. If nothing else, the kids will say, “Mom- that was interesting.” And, of course, some of the items that made my list are old-time favorites- evergreen activities that never go out of season. So here goes:
Go on a treasure hunt. When my kids were little they used to love “treasure hunting”. My oldest has forgotten the fun of drawing an adventure map with clues, hiding leads to clues outside, and watching her little sister run all around the yard in search of the hidden treasure. Whether there’s a big prize waiting at the end or not, seeking for treasure is the fun part. We’ve got to dig that game back up this summer.
Make a garden together. When I lived down South, my dad showed the kids and me how to start a vegetable garden. Our peas shot up pretty quickly and we enjoyed eating our produce for dinner a few nights. Since moving out to the west coast, we haven’t managed to keep a garden going. (We have managed to start one, but …uh…we didn’t quite keep it up.) In an effort to retain a green thumb, I plan to make an attempt at container gardening with the kids. We’ll start nice and slow- maybe lettuce or peas. The whole point is that we’ll be doing something we normally don’t do, and we’ll do it together.
Make edible finger paint. This was a lot of fun for us. Grab some plastic containers, popsicle sticks to stir, vanilla pudding mix, and food coloring. Whip up a few batches of different colors of pudding, and using the popsicle sticks or their fingers, let the kids do some edible painting. This idea is especially nice if you have tots, but older kids like it too.
Learn a new skill. My oldest daughter wants to learn to play violin, so I have a nice birthday surprise awaiting her this summer. Along with the violin we also found DVD-based violin lessons, just to test the waters and see if she really gets into it before we shell out the big bucks for lessons. This is also a great time to do the “normal” summer stuff- like swim lessons or sports camps. As for me- I’m learning French. I don’t have as much time during the school year to learn new skills, but the summers are my chance to explore a bit.
Read together. There’s nothing quite like curling up next to your kiddos and reading a book alongside them. The summer months are long and give us lots more time for reading together.
Summers are a great time to catch up on your to-do list of DIY projects or catch a little rest and relaxation that you couldn’t seem to find throughout the school year. I pray that this summer you’ll find the rest and the time you need to enjoy your family, your friends, and yourself.
What are your plans for this summer?