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Summer break is nearly here!
While my children are all grown with children of their own, I am going to have a few of my grandchildren with me again this summer! Time to brush off my "keeping kids entertained and learning" skills!
No one wants their kids to become zombies, attached to their screens all summer allowing their brains to become mush. It is time to get planning some fun, educational and exciting activities that will keep the kids engaged, growing and best of all keep the adults happy as well! We're here to help you Kick-Off a Great Summer!
Today I am sharing with you a Calendar of Summer Activities for Your Kids that coincide with some obscure holidays throughout the month of June that you can use to turn your summer into a fun celebration. There isn't something listed for every single day, but there are plenty of ideas that will allow you to give the kids some free time, or to fit in some of your own bucket list items and vacation days and yet do away with the "I'm bored" complaints or the zombie eyed constant video game/TV watching faces. Obviously, you won't want to use every single day on the list. In my case, I am going to pick a few that we can all enjoy and I will plan ahead now to make them a lot of fun.
I recently read this quote on my friend April's blog at The Hearth and Soul Link Party. "Orison Swett Marden, the inspirational author who founded Success magazine in 1897, 'Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.'” In other words, You can create a lot of memories simply by making small moments special. Best of all? None of these ideas will break the bank!
When my grandchildren are with me during the summer, we do a homeschool summer school. I like to incorporate the fun things that we do into our curriculum and make them educational as well. I wrote about an example of this last summer that you can check it out here.
I plan to do that again this year when we talk about Hot Air Balloon Day on June 5th and World Oceans Day on June 8th. I also won't forget Paul Bunyan Day or Meteor Day as well. On this activity calendar, I've included links and books that you can go to for help as you plan your summer schedule. The key really is to plan ahead now! Gather art supplies if necessary, find out where your local places are to go to. Pick up food ingredients. Check out books. The activities are actually all super simple to plan for and your kids will love the surprise of it all. As you read through the list that I've put together, you will likely come up with some ideas of your own about how to make these days more fun for your family. I would love to hear your ideas, so please drop me a comment! Simply click the button below and download your pdf file. You can print it off, but using it online will allow you to click to the links I have included.
If you are a grandparent like I am, don't forget to pull out your Adventures With Grandparents Charts and get a few of those things checked off of your lists. WAIT! WHAT? You don't have an Grandparents Adventure Chart or Booklet? Click this link to the post about them and this link to our Etsy Shop where you can get one. WHEW! Crisis averted!
Happy Summer Planning =Happy Summer!
Here are some extra summer things to do:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!