We were talking on the Scrapfreak message boards about the cool things to do in the summer and I realized, I might have too long a list for the few short months!
So far our list:
*make popsicles (I will share my recipe list in the recipe section!)
*library and bookstore reading programs (I blogged about this last month…)
*Going to the Dells with our Russian Girl Dasha
*Going to Branson
*Going to the Voss’s cabin with my inlaws
*crafting (making a red white blue 8×8 album for the Dasha to take home)
*make homemade ice cream (I got a machine free from TW a few years ago and we didn’t use it ONCE last summer and found a pretty cool recipe for SnickerDoodle Ice Cream to try!!)
*homemade bubbles with dishsoap and white corn syrup
*we did a few single day activities thru the local Parks N Rec department
*summer karate lessons for Sarah
*Visit the local county fair
*a few family cookouts/pool parties
*4th of July parade
*Concerts on the square (free)
*health club 3x week (they have a GREAT kid’s play area)
*Tuesday mornings at the park with her preschool friends (a Drop in thing)
*Crafty Kids thru the library
See what I mean? It’s getting to be a pretty long list! Add a garage sale weekend and visit from my big sissy — whew!
Here are some resources for your list (thanks Freak pal Cindy)!
Check your library for these books:
365 Outdoor Activities from Publictions International, Ltd.
“It’s time to go outside and discover the world! Whether you’re looking for exciting nature activities, games to play with friends, or ways to improve the beauty and ecology of your community, 365 Outdoor Activities offers all sorts of hints that will help you get the most out of the great outdoors. (Mo and Dad will also be happt that you’re learning something while you’re enjoying yourself.) Some of these activities are simple, others are more challenging- but all of them are fun!”
Hopscotch, Hangman, & Ha Ha Ha- a rulebook of children’s games by Jack Maguire from Prentice Hall Press
“Playing rules for more than 250 games and sports for children of every age, including indoor, outdoor, party, travel, water, memory, and card games.”
The Scientific Kid- Projects, Experiments, and Adventures written and illustrated by Mary Stetten Carson
The Sierra Club Summer Book by Linda Allison
“Summer is the time for… Dog Days Sun Catching Sun Power Solar Cooker Sun Tea Homemade Shades Icky Stickies Coolie Hats A Body of Water Frozen Bananas Bug Police Insect Zoo Animal Signs Life in the Wild Dinner on a Stick Meteors Leapers Knuckles Bones Pommawonga Liver Lids Bike Rodeo Compass Walking… And A Whole Summerful of Other Things To Do”
A Mother’s Manual for Summer Survival by Kathy Peel and Joy Mahaffey from Focus on the Family Publishing
“Here’s help for your summer…
*when the kids whine “I’m bored”
*When you’re hot, tired, and out of ideas
*When you start checking plane flights to escape home
This idea-packed book helps you turn the summer into a rewarding memory-maker rther than a harrowng ordeal. Quick, easy activities include:
*300 things to do when the kids say they’re bored
*25 play ideas with a big box
*fun family games and outings
*creatives ways to encourage your child to read
*special projects that enhance character growth
*silly family traditions that make everyone laugh
One you use this book, you’ll wonder how you ever survived a summer without it!”
1001 Things To Do With Your Kids by Caryl Waller Krueger
“Would you like to make your family life more adventuresome, educational, and enjoyable?
Now you can! This all-in-one treasury shows you how!
1001 Things To Do With Your Kids shows how to have a great time with your kids- whether they are babies, teens, or in-betweens! This family fun building guidebook offers chapters on
*love in action
Go ahead, make your list and plan for a summer or fun!