SUMMER TIPS TO SAVE YOUR SANITY
Let’s get organized for summer.
Kiddos are home all day. Out of school what is a mom to do?
Maybe I can help by sharing some useless trivial knowledge that you might find is not so useless after all.
- Drive in movie night.
- Take a TV & DVD Player outside. You can throw Blankets on the ground; Mom and Dad may want comfy lawn chairs. Let the kids bring out their beanbag chairs outside.
- Set up your own concession stand with drinks, make popcorn and grab a pizza. (Don’t forget flashlights.)
- Make it a triple feature. A fun animated one for the little’s, then one for the Tweens & one for Mom and Dad.
- You can put the little’s to bed or just let them crash in the yard.
- One person suggested piling a blow up pool with blankets and pillows. That sounds so fun
- Visit the fire station. You can even bake treats to take as a gift.
- Decorate cupcakes
- Make homemade popsicles.
- Write a letter to someone and mail it at the post office. (Grandparents love this one!)
- Go for a picnic. Even if it is in the back yard.
- Play tag with a wet sponge.
- Have a family video game tournament.
- Visit a local state park. Find a state park near you.
- Visit a National Park, National Monument –
- National Park free day is August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
- Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military
- Also if you have a 4th grader: Annual 4th Grade Pass Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass. The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September-August). Visit the Every Kid in a Park website
- Scavenger hunt. For older kids make it a photo scavenger hunt.
- For girls take them to a Goodwill or Salvation Army. Give them $10 and let them go wild. Have a fashion show at home with what they bought. Have categories for Best Outfit, Lowest $ spent for an outfit, Crazy Halloween outfit, Best costume or theme interpretation.
- Journal challenge for kids.
- Camp out in the back yard or glamp in the living room. Don’t forget to make the smores
- Visit all the free museums or how about touring local factory – Check and see what is available in your areas.
- Be a Tourist in your own city – You may be surprised to find what amazing fun things there are to do in your own back yard.
- Hiking is free and you have to eat anyway, right? Why not eat in the great outdoors? Even the Picky eaters who you can’t o eat their lunches at home, but on a hike…you can bet they will inhale it all! Food always tastes better outside. Library summer reading programs – Most libraries have fun activities and rewards in addition to story time every week to motivate kids to keep up on their reading.
- Have you kids write a book.
- Go on a Bug Hunt. Got empty containers with lids? Poke some holes in the top and go on a creepy crawler adventure.
- Also make an I’m Board Jar by printing an I’m board printable from http://hiphomeschoolingblog.com/im-bored/
There are 20 thoughts that should give you some summer relief.
Bottom Line your kids will not be little for long. So enjoy the summer with them.
I am honored to be ask by Tamara to write a guest post. If you find that you like what you read here and maybe need a little help organizing your life come on by and check out my blog Bee Organized with Pamela.
I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I’m a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is “If you knew you could not fail what would you do?” I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.