Stressed about what you’ll be doing with your kids in the house all summer long? Trying to figure out the perfect amount of activities without draining yourself so much that you feel completely and totally overwhelmed?
Kick off your week with a craft or science experiment. This doesn’t need to be an all-day project–even 15 minutes of quality time together on a project can have a great impact on your relationship. The idea is to simply provide a framework for the many fun things we want to fit into our time off.
- Collect leaves, flowers, etc., then iron between two sheets of wax paper (Make sure to cover with a dish towel first.) Display in a window, cut into bookmarks, or use as placemats!
- Make a volcano with baking soda and vinegar.
- Go strawberry picking & make homemade jam.
No PJs today! Let’s get out of the house! But don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have fun. We love going on free or low-cost field trips.
- Bike ride
- Free park concerts
- Bowling (Look into free summer bowling programs for kids)
- Look for local factories that give tours (Our kids loved watching how cheese is made last summer)
- Movie theaters (Many theaters have free or low-cost movies once a week through the summer)
Summer is fun, but chores still need to be done. Today we can catch up on messy rooms, laundry, grocery shopping, and whatever other chores might fall behind during summer fun. This is a great time to break out the chore charts.
Today we take the focus off of ourselves by doing something kind for someone else. Again, the summer schedule doesn’t have to take up your whole day. We intentionally make time for the things important to us while allowing plenty of freedom and play time.
- Make dinner for a friend
- Pick flowers and deliver them to a neighbor
- Write a note of encouragement to someone you’re thankful for
- Check out these ideas for helping others
Kids miss their friends when school is out. Once a week, open your home and let them connect with their pals. If you’re feeling ambitious, put on a pot of coffee and invite the moms to stay and chat, too. This is a great opportunity to expand your own tribe while letting the kids play.
- Get out the sprinkler
- Have a water balloon toss
- Sidewalk chalk
- Beat the heat (or the rain) with an indoor movie or board game
As an added bonus—iMOM also has a great Summer Bucket List download that your kids can use to help in the planning process. Here’s to the best summer yet!
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