Friday, June 8, 2012
The ABC's of summer
UPDATE: Too funny--a very similar post went up today on MSM!
Inspired by a comment on this post, I decided to come up with a list of activities for us to do this summer--one for each letter of the alphabet. We've already completed several of these, and it's nice to have inspiration handy when needed! Some of these require little or no preparation, whereas others are more involved outings.
A--- park (park in a nearby town just to mix things up a bit)
Bowling (via the Kids Bowl Free program)
Charles F. Cheddar Night take two
Excavating in ice
Flour "I Spy" (hiding toys in a bin of flour and letting kids hunt for them)
Hide and seek
Ice cream shop
Jump on trampoline
Lunch at park
Movie theater (Our local theater usually shows some free summer movies.)
Naomi gifts (Before we went to the hospital, we purchased a gift for each of the older kids "from" Naomi. We still have them wrapped and waiting!
Olympics (I'm thinking we'll have a mini-Olympics sometime during the actual games.)
Quizno's (We have a gift card there, so it would be a fun lunch out sometime.)
Umbrella walk on a rainy day
Van movie (watching a movie in the van)
Xplorers baseball game (nearby minor league team)
I also found some fun ideas in a book my friend Carrie reviewed called Play These Games. The game ideas in the book use common household items. Three simple games we've already played several times:
*Hiding a button (Exactly what it sounds like, but the kids enjoyed it!)
*Popsicle stick toss (Sticks have different designs on them, and you get points based on which sides face up after you toss them. More fun than it probably sounds!)
*Cup towers (Stack 10 or more cups in a tower and kids throw ball at it to knock cups down, sort of like bowling.)
I am looking forward to these fun activities. At the end of the summer, I'll share some highlights from our list!