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10 Things List for Summer

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

10 Things List for Summer

If you’re anything like me you’re thinking, summer … great … what are we going to do now?

Summer is a fun time to relax and chill out poolside. But then what? What happens after that one week of VBS? After the pool? After the splash pad? After the water guns break?

Do you have a plan to fall back on when boredom strikes?

10 things list for summer

Sure you can turn on the XBox or give your children more screen time. Why not come up with a 10 Things List for Summer?

I suggest making a 10 Things List and pulling it out whenever you face the slow ticking clock. Only when you face the slow ticking of the clock. Not to do all these 10 Things in a row!! Create a 10 Things List each month of fun activities, places to go, movies to watch, etc. that you can do together.

10 Things List to get you started …
1. play hopscotch – tired of numbers, use superhero symbols
2. be the star of their silly movie (you know they always want to make movies)
3. build an obstacle course
4. catch fire flies – you can only do that in the summer!
5. make homemade ice cream or ice pops
6. read a book series and then watch all the movies
7. build a garden (small or large, herb, vegetable, or flower)
8. pick 10 crafts from a craft book
9. make a masterpiece of sidewalk chalk
10. start a water balloon war

Summer should not be dreaded, but rather fun! Enjoy your summer with your children and engage in fun activities – no matter how silly or young they make you feel. Write a 10 Things List each month of summer. Include your children – ask what they want to do. If you have to set boundaries “does not include money” or “is not out of the country”, then let them know!

Looking for more ideas? Check out our friend, The Happy Housewife’s Bored Activity Cards!


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Summer Vacation Maps

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Educational Travel, Travel | 0 comments

Summer Vacation Maps

Are you planning your summer vacation? Or packed and ready to hit the highway? Let your students enjoy some map making skills and create a fun keepsake this summer.

summer vacation maps

Summer Vacation Maps

Print a black and white map of the USA (or country you will be visiting). Encourage your students to label the map of the places you will be traveling through. Then draw a line of your route through the states / country. As you drive along suggest your students add special landmarks, cities, rivers, mountains, etc. along your way.  Color in bodies of water, railways, forests, and interesting terrain.

Older students can add historical landmarks and special events.

You do not have to make a cross country trip. Even if you stay in state and head to Grandma’s house, do something different and map a Summer Vacation Map.

Keep your map in a safe place. When you get home laminate their Summer Vacation maps! You’ll have a special reminder of the trip y’all took the Summer of 2016.

We flew to Washington DC, so I did not have my children create a fun map. However, when we got home we laminated all of our museum “tickets”, Metro passes, and some special things we picked up into a fun little poster. They even drew pictures of the Washington Monument and Capitol Building.

All of our family fun pictures are on Facebook and Instagram, which are not easy for little ones to look back and remember the exciting trip. Having these laminated “posters” or Summer Vacation Maps help spark conversations, geography lessons, and remind our children of the great times we have had together.

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