*** UPDATED – Ive made an updated list for 2012 that can be found here.
Every summer I have great intentions of doing tons of cool and fun things with my boys… before I ever get organized the summer is almost over. This year I decided to make a jar of 50 things we can do for fun during the summer. Some require my attention others are more simple and just remind them of something cool they can do on their own.
I cut all 50 ideas out, folded them, and put them into a jar I had. I glued a little piece of leftover fabric on the top and then made a little tag and modge podged it onto the jar. It took me all of 10 minutes to put together.
- Organize a bike Parade
- Paint rocks
- Water balloon fight
- Nature scavenger hunt
- Make art for an evening art show
- Wash the car
- Build a fort
- Play dough
- Squirt bottle water fight
- Jump on the trampoline with ice cubes
- ‘Stained Glass Windows’ – Cover the sticky side of contact paper with several colors of tissue paper, make sure to leave about an inch edge all the way around so it will stick to the window
- Flashlight tag
- Write a letter to cousins/grandparents
- Backwards Day – Have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, eat dessert before lunch
- Paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper and hang it in a sunny window and see what happens in a few days
- Hold a bike wash
- Make a map of your bedroom, house, or neighborhood
- Plan an imaginary trip around the world, where would you want to go?
- Practice your soccer skills
- Create a mosaic
- Sponge Tag – get 2 or 3 large car sponges and several buckets of water. Whoever is “it” grabs a sponge and gets it wet. If you are hit with the sponge, you are it.
- Do a hidden picture from the highlights website
- Organize a game of Dodge Ball
- Make up a code and then write a letter
- Create a sand art picture
- Tic Tac Toe
- Use binoculars
- Play catch
- Plan and create a picnic for your stuffed animals
- Learn magic tricks, plan a magic show
- Make bookmarks
- Build something fun with legos – our house, our town, Disneyland, Sea World, Space ships, the Temple….
- Math games
- Visit a farm
- Decorate a shoe box for all your summer treasures
- Cut open old record covers from good will and make a card to mail to a loved one
- Make cookies and visit a Grandma in the neighborhood
- Plan a lemonade stand or bake sale and donate the money to a good cause
- Make a collage from magazines
- Create a Hot Wheels obstacle course
- Visit the fire station
- Invent your own board game
- Tie-dye some t-shirts
- Have a paper airplane contest
- Freezer Baggie Ice Cream
- Plan dinner and help cook
- Re-decorate your room
- Design your own roller coaster with kinex
- Draw a mural on the wall in chalk
It has helped make for such a FUN summer!
A few weeks ago, while I was perusing Pinterest, I came across a link for a Summer Activity Jar. The idea is to fill the jar with fun things to do. Each morning your child picks one piece of paper and whatever is written on it will be the activity of the day. Holy Spontaneity! I loved this idea, so of course I stole it.
I decided to use popsicle/craft sticks instead. Most likely because for some strange reason we have a surplus of them in the house?! Oh, and I jazzed up the jar with some pinkness because my five year old’s happiness depends on being surrounded by PINK at all times.
Today she picked ‘Photo Walk’ and I was just as excited about the winning activity as she was. Since before the baby arrived, I’ve been using my real camera far less than I used to. In my defense, the arrival of my iphone earlier this year had a huge impact on it as well. The quality cell camera on it and my love for Instagram definitely hasn’t sent me rushing back to lugging around my heavy dSLR. However, I have been missing the time I used to spend taking pics of randomness, playing around with various lenses and post-processing the best of the bunch in photoshop.
We headed out and surprisingly our photo walk lasted over two hours. It was fantastic! The weather was gorgeous and we took our time strolling around the neighborhood. We always seem to be in a rush, so it was such a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. We both took a million pictures (she was using an old point and shoot camera) and we definitely enjoyed exploring the woods together.
Update: I put some of my daughter’s photos from our walk into the below storyboard. We have some of them printed out and they’re hanging in her room. There were a ton to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few!!