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Friday, June 11, 2010

What we're doing this summer

Summer has officially started at our house.  I knew I needed a game plan for my four year old daughter so that she is not a.) bored or b.) in front of the TV all day.  Thanks to the blog world I've found some ideas for our home.

Weekly Theme Calendar
On Clean Mama's blog I saw this idea.  I came up with something similar.  I have a theme for each week and planned some things for the month of June.  I'll plan July and August closer to those months.

I will say that introducing something like this with a few crafts and activities the same week I'm teaching and my kids are attending VBS was probably not the best idea!  Not only are we exhausted when we get home but there's just not much time to do much when the little guy wakes from his nap.  However, the VBS theme was "High Seas" so I thought "Ocean" might go well with that. :)

Along with a few other bloggy mommy's we are playing BINGO this summer.  We started it this week and it's been a lot of fun.  My daughter seems to enjoy it so far.  She keeps asking what else she can do.  I plan on changing out some of the squares each week.  I first saw the idea on From the Fence Post which takes you to Stacy Julian's blog where you can find the printables and make your own.  It's so easy!  I changed the rules and prizes to fit for my daughter.  

Bored Box
I also wanted to have something to pull from when she's bored.  I made a "Bored Box" from an old shoe box using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  First, we made a list together of fun things she'd like to do over the course of the summer.  Some of the things on our list are:
Go to the library
Go to the Arboretum
Play in sprinkler
Make ice cream
Make a book
Make cookies
Go to Farmer's Market
Go to ball park (this one threw me for a total loop!)
"camp out" reading
Make S'mores
Sidewalk chalk
Make a necklace
Computer time
Paint nails
Plant flowers
Have a sleep over
Invite a friend over
Go swimming at Grandma & Pop Pop's

The box hasn't been needed yet thanks to VBS.  I'm sure it'll come in handy very soon!

Linking to:
The Girl Creative


  1. Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing the links! Hope things slow down a bit for you so you can enjoy your fun-filled summer!

  2. thanks for sharing these great ideas! Sound like your daughter will keep busy!! Thanks for dropping by!

  3. I'm totally copying this! Great idea! Love it.

  4. I love the idea of the bored box. I am going to use this with my 8 year old twins. I might have to throw in some chores too!

  5. Love the "Bored Box"!! Another idea for Summer is Watermelon. You can buy the melon that has seeds and use them for counting, making patterns or make a mosaic picture with the seeds. Great ideas!

  6. Just saw your link back to my blog. I hope BINGO is going well this summer. It has been a huge hit at our house!