Summer List for Kids

Summer is right around the corner for us, I am giddy with excitement for a break.

The kid’s and I have been working on what we want to do this summer.

Hayden will go to Park camp which he loves, it’s twice a week in the mornings.  Maddy will hang with me and have playdates while Hayden is away.  Hayden will also be taking a couple of neat classes, which he’s excited about.

With Maddy not being 4 years old yet, it is harder to find organized things for her.  And I am honestly ok with that.

There will still be lots of days open for us to do what we want whenever we want, so a list of ideas is a must for me.  Otherwise my mind goes blank when faced with what to do on any particular day. Our list has some of the ideas from our last year list and some new ideas as well.

Summer Must do List:

1.  Have a squirt bottle water fight with friends – go to Target and buy those cheap squirt bottles for $1, fun alternative to squirt guns.
2. Fly a kite
3.  Sign up for the library reading program and visit the library every couple weeks.
4. Ride our bikes/scooters
5.  Create a scrapbook of our summer
6.  Build a fort
7. Watch the sunset
8.  Go to the zoo
9.  Go to the 4th of July parade
10.  Go swimming at Papa and Nana’s lake
11.  Read books outside
12.  Have a rainy day picnic
13.  Get friends together to play tag.
14.  Make artwork placemats, use 12 x 18 construction paper, found idea here, but I may also just take the paper into a local office max and have them laminate them, its around $2 for that size sheet.
15.  Have playdates
16.  Have a movie day
17.  Bake cookies/cake
18.  Create catapults and use them – found this fun website with easy to make catapults, what child doesn’t like to fling things.
19  Go to/be in Megan’s wedding
20.  Visit dad at work and have lunch
21.  Lie on the ground and see what shapes you can find in the sky.
22..  Play Simon says/Red light green light.
23.  Find some rocks and paint them.
24.  Paint with water and paint brushes
25.  Go Geocaching
26.  Go camping
27.  Go to the beach
28.  Go on a boat ride – maybe participate in the annual 4th of July boat parade
29.  Play with bubbles – might be fun to make this recipe for bubbles
30.  Go bowling
31.  Visit an amusement park
32.  Go to a sprinkler park.
33.  Feed the fish
34. Photo scavenger hunt – make a list of things for the kids to find and take pictures of on a walk.  Could even do the alphabet like this.
35.  Play hide and seek
36.  Dance outside
37.  Invite friends to meet at the library to hunt for new books.
38.  Make edible necklaces.
39.  Attend music concerts in the park.
40.  Finger paint outside
41.  Go get ice cream.
42.  Run through a sprinkler
43.  Go on a hike
44.  Go to the pool.
45.  Go to the movies
46.  Go to a used bookstore and let the kids pick out a book each.
47.  Make popsicles – try these
48.  Make paper airplanes and take them to the park to fly them.
49.  Hopscotch on the driveway.
50.  Explore a new park.
51..  Visit a museum
52.  Celebrate Maddy’s 4th Birthday
53.  PJ day
54.  Color outside – bring out a big pad of paper or the roll of paper.
55.  Make Chalk paint

This list is full of mostly simple things, because if they are complex or big projects, I know me, I won’t do them.  Summer is about fun.

A couple other things I plan to do are to have quiet time each day for the kids where they can read or just play quietly.  I also will work with Hayden on math facts and with Maddy on letter writing.  I have to come up with a plan as to when I will do this during the day, I am thinking in the mornings when they are more fresh.

For reading, this summer I think it would be fun for Hayden and I to pick books to read together but on our own and then discuss them.   Kind of like our own little book club.  I am thinking he can pick the first few books, as he isn’t as sold on this idea as I am.  Time will tell if I convince him.

I am thinking tomorrow with my last couple free hours, I will gather more supplies for summer.  A trip to the craft store, dollar store, and Target.  Think I can do that all in 2 hours?

What are some of the things on your summer list?

2 Responses to Summer List for Kids
  1. Katy
    June 5, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    Stay tuned. We’re working on them!

  2. fortheloveofnaps-Sarah
    June 5, 2012 | 8:13 pm

    love the idea of reading the same book but independently. Might try that with Charley. I am adding some of your things to my secret list of things to pull out of my hat to do with my kids this summer. I have a seperate list for that so they think I am super mama with surprise fun too. Is this day done yet?

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Summer List for Kids

Summer is right around the corner for us, I am giddy with excitement for a break.

The kid’s and I have been working on what we want to do this summer.

Hayden will go to Park camp which he loves, it’s twice a week in the mornings.  Maddy will hang with me and have playdates while Hayden is away.  Hayden will also be taking a couple of neat classes, which he’s excited about.

With Maddy not being 4 years old yet, it is harder to find organized things for her.  And I am honestly ok with that.

There will still be lots of days open for us to do what we want whenever we want, so a list of ideas is a must for me.  Otherwise my mind goes blank when faced with what to do on any particular day. Our list has some of the ideas from our last year list and some new ideas as well.

Summer Must do List:

1.  Have a squirt bottle water fight with friends – go to Target and buy those cheap squirt bottles for $1, fun alternative to squirt guns.
2. Fly a kite
3.  Sign up for the library reading program and visit the library every couple weeks.
4. Ride our bikes/scooters
5.  Create a scrapbook of our summer
6.  Build a fort
7. Watch the sunset
8.  Go to the zoo
9.  Go to the 4th of July parade
10.  Go swimming at Papa and Nana’s lake
11.  Read books outside
12.  Have a rainy day picnic
13.  Get friends together to play tag.
14.  Make artwork placemats, use 12 x 18 construction paper, found idea here, but I may also just take the paper into a local office max and have them laminate them, its around $2 for that size sheet.
15.  Have playdates
16.  Have a movie day
17.  Bake cookies/cake
18.  Create catapults and use them – found this fun website with easy to make catapults, what child doesn’t like to fling things.
19  Go to/be in Megan’s wedding
20.  Visit dad at work and have lunch
21.  Lie on the ground and see what shapes you can find in the sky.
22..  Play Simon says/Red light green light.
23.  Find some rocks and paint them.
24.  Paint with water and paint brushes
25.  Go Geocaching
26.  Go camping
27.  Go to the beach
28.  Go on a boat ride – maybe participate in the annual 4th of July boat parade
29.  Play with bubbles – might be fun to make this recipe for bubbles
30.  Go bowling
31.  Visit an amusement park
32.  Go to a sprinkler park.
33.  Feed the fish
34. Photo scavenger hunt – make a list of things for the kids to find and take pictures of on a walk.  Could even do the alphabet like this.
35.  Play hide and seek
36.  Dance outside
37.  Invite friends to meet at the library to hunt for new books.
38.  Make edible necklaces.
39.  Attend music concerts in the park.
40.  Finger paint outside
41.  Go get ice cream.
42.  Run through a sprinkler
43.  Go on a hike
44.  Go to the pool.
45.  Go to the movies
46.  Go to a used bookstore and let the kids pick out a book each.
47.  Make popsicles – try these
48.  Make paper airplanes and take them to the park to fly them.
49.  Hopscotch on the driveway.
50.  Explore a new park.
51..  Visit a museum
52.  Celebrate Maddy’s 4th Birthday
53.  PJ day
54.  Color outside – bring out a big pad of paper or the roll of paper.
55.  Make Chalk paint

This list is full of mostly simple things, because if they are complex or big projects, I know me, I won’t do them.  Summer is about fun.

A couple other things I plan to do are to have quiet time each day for the kids where they can read or just play quietly.  I also will work with Hayden on math facts and with Maddy on letter writing.  I have to come up with a plan as to when I will do this during the day, I am thinking in the mornings when they are more fresh.

For reading, this summer I think it would be fun for Hayden and I to pick books to read together but on our own and then discuss them.   Kind of like our own little book club.  I am thinking he can pick the first few books, as he isn’t as sold on this idea as I am.  Time will tell if I convince him.

I am thinking tomorrow with my last couple free hours, I will gather more supplies for summer.  A trip to the craft store, dollar store, and Target.  Think I can do that all in 2 hours?

What are some of the things on your summer list?

2 Responses to Summer List for Kids
  1. Katy
    June 5, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    Stay tuned. We’re working on them!

  2. fortheloveofnaps-Sarah
    June 5, 2012 | 8:13 pm

    love the idea of reading the same book but independently. Might try that with Charley. I am adding some of your things to my secret list of things to pull out of my hat to do with my kids this summer. I have a seperate list for that so they think I am super mama with surprise fun too. Is this day done yet?

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