And summer is stirring!
I’m already dreaming of grilling hamburgers and enjoying big slices of
juicy watermelon !
Summertime and the livin’ is easy !
Or at least it should be 🙂
No matter if we are year round homeschoolers or not, after several weeks of vacation from the daily routine, it’s good to have a little plan for the week.
See how little the plan is ?!
COME BACK !! Don’t run away!
I promise these FUN ideas won’t take much (if any) real planning, and will only add to the easy, carefree days that we all look forward to.
So here we go… 10 GREAT Ideas for
“Summer School” !
1. Get Outside !
* Try something new like Geocahing ! You can get started HERE.
* Pick a day and hold a Family Olympics
* 32 Best Backyard Games
* Backyard Treasure Hunt: Minecraft Style
* Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
If you love scavenger hunts here’s a great list of some more ideas !
* 50 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids
(Print this list out…hang it on the fridge…never hear “I’m Bored!”
this summer !)
* 50 Outdoor Games to DIY This Summer
(Possibly my FAVORITE ideas! Great for kids of ALL ages !)
2. Get Wet !
* Water Obstacle Course
* 17 Outrageously Fun Water Activities
* 75 Water Activities
* Fun Games to Play with Water
* Play a game of Water Ball
* Water Gun Painting
* 25 Fun Ice Ideas for the Summer
3. Get Creative !
* Write a play and preform it for family & friends !
OR film your own movie and invite the neighbors for the premier night !
* Try making a family scrapbook together or a simple family tree !
* Build a fairy garden together.
* Try Art Journals and if you need some GREAT ideas to begin, click HERE
* Get crafty with The Crafty Crow !
4. Get Giving !
* Host a Food Drive…Step by step how-to
* Make some Birthday Boxes or some Blessing Bags
* Share some love with your Neighbors (new twist on lemonade stand)
* Don’t forget the Elderly… 20 Ideas to Share
* 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids (and everyone else !!)
* 20 Unique Ideas for Summer Service Projects
6. Get Moving !
* DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course
* 12 Sports to Play with Pool Noodles (No pool required)
* 35 Active Things to Do This Summer
* DIY Get Moving Game
* Fun YouTube Dances For Kids to Learn
* 10 Variations to the Game of Catch
7. Get Away !
Whether you’re just kicking around your own town or city, taking a road trip, or jetting across the ocean to spend a week in Tahiti (I can dream!), summer is a time to EXPLORE !
* Free Fun at Local Retail Stores
(We’ve participated in the kids clubs at several of these stores and it has always been LOTS of fun!! )
Here’s a few ideas:
– Apple Kids Summer Programs
– Microsoft Free Events for Kids
– Lowe’s Build & Grow
– Home Depot Weekly Workshops for Kids
* Going on a road trip this summer? Maybe to one of America’s amazing National Parks ?
* National Parks Junior Ranger Programs
* Printable Road Trip Games
* And some games for the big kids too !
* Funny post to keep you laughing if you’re on a road trip…and some super fun ideas for the kiddos!
* And if you’re lucky enough to be flying to Tahiti or some other wonderful place, check out this fantastic travel blog Word Traveling! Written with homeschool families in mind, but good for anyone who loves to travel!
8. Get Reading !
* Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Triathalon
* Book Notes (just because I thought this was awesome)
* Expand your reading borders and try the
2016 Summer Reading Challenge
* Choose and read a book as a family.
Then watch the movie …make it a special themed night… you could cook related foods, play music as per the setting, or even dress up as some of the characters !!
* Reading Scavenger Hunt
* Start a Summer Book Club for Kids
9. Get Cooking !
* Plan a Backyard Camping Trip….complete with COOKING !
* Try cooking a new meal together from a different country…
HERE and HERE are some ideas to get started
* 10 Summer Snacks for Kids to Make
* Take a CHILL and make some icy snacks !
* Summer Themed Snacks
10. Get Growing !
* 25 Things You Can Grow From Your Kitchen Scraps
* Start small and plant an Herb Garden
* Creative Gardens For Kids !
* 10 Unique Gardening Activities for Kids
* Make your own garden markers and watch the beauty grow !
Wishing you all a summer FULL of daisy days !!
I’d love to hear your ideas too !
Comments are always welcome !