Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summer Fun Ideas

Today as I was reading some blogs I came across a great read on the Family Home Evening blog. Even if you are not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints religion these ideas work for everyone. So I wanted to share the list with you and you can just go over on the link to read all the post if you like.
The list is this:



Make goals with your children and encourage them to help with chores.
Play Bag
Get a mesh bag and put these things in it: Sunscreen, sand box toys, side walk chalk, bubbles, balls of different sizes, catching games, etc.

Activities
Outdoors:
Pool
Park
Water Play Park/water park
Water games
Water fights (Sponges may take place of water balloons and spray bottles may take the place of water guns)
Slip-n-slide
Sprinklers
Amusement Parks
Ride Bikes/Scooters
Little red Wagon rides
Hay rides
Farm visits
Horse riding
Zoo visits
Camping-(roast marshmallows, make s'mores, roast hot dogs)
Boat rides
BBQ
Treasure hunts
Gardening
Obstacle course
Lawn bowling
Fort building
Camping in the backyard
Picnics
Paint with water on the sidewalk and watch it evaporate
Fishing
Carnivals
Festivals
Farmer's Market
Tag and chase games
Relays
Simon says
Red Light Green Light
Red Rover
Visit major landmarks
Make movies
Get family together
Parties

Indoors:
(At home)
Cooking/baking
Arts & Crafts
Camp indoors (pitch tent in a room)
Card/Board games
Educational stuff
Sight words
Alphabet
Coloring/workbooks
Letter writing
Book making
Story time
Reading
Hide and seek
Dance
Sing songs
Play restaurant for lunch/dinner (Make menus, set table etc.)
Indoor picnic
Dress up
Toys-blocks, dolls, cars trucks, etc.
(Let your child DIRECT THE PLAY- you don't always have to come up with the ideas.)
Make puppets
Do puppet shows
Puzzles
Get video camera out & MAKE MOVIES
Sleepovers
Parties

(Going places)
Library trips (Check Story times and events)
Kids gyms
Children's Museums
Pottery sculpting places for kids
Cooking classes/schools for kids
Home Depot classes
Michael's Arts and Crafts classes
Lakeshore learning Saturday craft making
Dollar movies/matinees
Theater-plays, cultural center events
Aquarium
Planetarium
Sporting goods store

I am aiming for the ideas that are frugal and fun.Also some of the ideas don't apply to the area we live but they might in yours. We might be doing home schooling with a few of our children this coming year so we might start that early. This is something that we still need to pray about and ask the Lord if this is what should be done.
I love the idea of the cooking classes but doing them in my kitchen. I love to cook and I know the little girls enjoy helping out so this is a go for us.Plus I will be doind OAMC (Once A Month Cooking) that they will be able to help out with. I also love to do crafts so this is a yes too. Summer starts for our girls at the end of this week and for Dallas at the end of next week. I want it to be a fun summer with a lot of laughter, fun, little expense and a great memory for us all. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

3 comments:

Jaclyn said...

I'm ready for summer fun :)

Amy said...

Do you mind if I borrow these ideas to share with the RS? I've been gathering some to give the sisters some ideas.

~Bobbi~ said...

Great list! I need to bookmark this for the summer!!!!