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
Dot-to-dot book
Excavating in ice
Flour "I Spy" (hiding toys in a bin of flour and letting kids hunt for them)
Game marathon
Hide and seek
Ice cream shop
Jump on trampoline
Kite flying
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.)
Sugar cookies
Umbrella walk on a rainy day
Van movie (watching a movie in the van)
Water balloons
Xplorers baseball game (nearby minor league team)
Yogurt popsicles

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!

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thehomespunheart said...

YAY for fun summer activities! :)

Kristin said...

I love this list! I may have to borrow a few of them too! Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

Oh, how fun!!! I seem to remember your fun rainbow-colored list of activities last summer. Way to make summer special for the kiddos! =)

angie said...

Did you see the mini Olympics games segment in July's Family Fun magazine?
All great ideas, and much more managable than some of the lists I've seem around the web.

KellBell said...
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KellBell said...

Great ideas Carrie! I need to make a list. So many ideas but when the kids are restless it's hard to think of them on the spot. Have you seen this free printable?
Her oldest is about Nathan's age so he may like many of the things there.

Mom said...

Looks like lots of summer fun! :)
Love, Mom

Carrie said...

I'm glad that you found some fun games to play out of that book! (Thank you for the link.)

Speaky1013 said...

you rock at summertime activities!! love this post...and I love you, my dear friend!