Posted by melissa.t on April 26, 2013
It’s almost summer so it’s time to get ready for fun, play, and learning! What plans do you already have? What are you still needing to plan? Here’s our list from A to Z to help you make it the best summer ever.
books and book clubs
camps and DIY camps
draw with chalk
electronics – set a daily limit
hunt for treasure
library reading programs
night walk with flashlights
Olympics in your backyard
It’s going to be a great summer, isn’t it?
Posted by melissa.t on July 20, 2012
Get your kids digging in the dirt, planting seeds and plants, and observing plant growth.
Kids can plant small plants.
They might want their own tools.
Kids can help water the plants. That helps them observe daily growth.
What else can you do with plants and gardening? Take leaves and petals and make stained glass art. Or you can make perfume or press flowers.
Consider keeping a gardening notebook to track growth and observations. Here’s a printable gardening notebook.
NurtureStore, an amazing blog for parents and kids, just published a most fantastic eBook called The Garden Classroom: 52 kids gardening activities. I’ve read it and LOVE it! I think you will, too. Go check it out.
Have you gardened with your kids before?
Posted by melissa.t on June 22, 2012
Want a fun and easy summer activity? Bubbles!
Make your own bubble solution and bubble wands in just minutes.
Easy Bubble Recipe
3 cups of water
6 Tbspns dish soap
See how easy?
Easy Bubble Wands
We love pipe cleaner wands! Make circles or squares – the squares make gigantic bubbles! Get fancy by adding beads to your handle.
We also made wands out of bendable metal hangers. Those were a bit trickier to fill with bubble solution so we used a rectangular pan.
This is the ultimate summer fun activity, don’t you think?
Have you seen this cute Bubble Train? Imagine all the fun you’d have with it!
Have fun blowing bubbles!
Posted by melissa.t on May 25, 2012
Keep your kids learning all summer with Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Summer Camp Weeks, with a different themes for each week. Then, choose from fun, learning activities related to the theme. It’s fun, trust me!
Themes For Your DIY Summer Camp
As for me, I’m printing this all out and doing it all with my kids! How about you?
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Posted by melissa.t on August 25, 2011
Even though many kids are back to school already, it’s still summer. And still hot, hot, hot!
If you want to make a cool treat, try this 5-minute homemade ice cream recipe. I found it in my newest favorite book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids by Rebecca P. Cohen.
We let each child have their own bags. Here are the directions for each child.
1. Fill half of a large plastic bag with ice cubes and 6 Tablespoons rock salt.
2. In a small, heavy-duty plastic bag combine:
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
3. Close the small bag and place it inside the large bag.
4. Roll or shake for 5 minutes or until you have ice cream. (We found rolling was better.)
5. Grab a spoon and enjoy!
Helpful tip: Make sure your small plastic bags aren’t too thin – or use double. We found that the taste of salt didn’t go well with the ice cream flavor. Get a good, heavy-duty bag that won’t puncture easily.
YUMMMMMM . . .