Just as quick as Christmas shows up every year…here comes summer! All of a sudden you have kiddos home all day everyday and wonder what the heck you are going to do to fill your days.
“What are we going to do today?” or “I’m bored, what can I do?” are all common questions that might be flying your way. Well here are your answers!
Pinterest and my Happy Planner have been my best friend as we have hit the ground running with our summer. I have tried to plan out a few activities for each week incase those “I’m bored” questions arise.
Do you not have school age children? Do you have littles that are home with you all day everyday? I have one of those too so I’ve planned a few activities for my one year old as well so BOTH kids have something constructive to do!
Let’s get started….
One activity both my children love (ages 1 and 6) is water play. This can be the perfect summer activity since the summer months tend to be unbearable hot. We just recently got a super cool water table at Sam’s Club but before that they were happy with a storage Tupperware full of water or the water hose! I would bring out bath toys or measuring cups for the Tupperware or set the sprinkler in the driveway and it was a huge hit. Not to mention…water tires littles out so you just might be in for a good naptime! Win Win!!!
I am a sucker for educational activities. I know, I’m THAT mom. But nothing gives me more pleasure than to be able to teach them something. I have found that Pinterest has an abundance of free printable worksheets for all age groups! This can be anything from coloring pages for small ones to math worksheets for older kids. I always just offer one worksheet, it is summer after all! But it’s almost guaranteed that my 6 year old will ask for more after that.
Sensory bins are another key to our summer activities. Again, these can be for little ones on up to school age. Just be careful in choosing fillers for small ones. I have a child that puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. To make these sensory bins we have used primarily dollar store items. You can even get the storage box there so these are very inexpensive.
Fillers we have used:
- Cotton Balls
- Dried Rice
- Dried Macaroni
- Dried Beans
We put little plastic toys, cars or alphabet magnets in the filler. We also use kids tweezers or measuring cups or spoons to pick up and pour items. This can be messy if you have a child determined to pour things out of the bin like mine does. So we throw down a towel or go outside for easy clean up!
We have also tried to incorporate S.T.E.M. (Science.Technology.Engineering.Math) activities. Building with legos is something so simple. If your child doesn’t really show interest in legos maybe finding a plan to help get them started in building a certain thing might help. Just a little help getting started may spark and interest and give them the confidence to make things on their own later. You can find a ton of STEM activities by searching Pinterest and most of them use common household items!
While a lot of the time it is easier for us to find things to do at home, sometimes we just HAVE to get out of the house. We try to do an outing at least once a week or we all start to lose it! Our public library offers a free kids activity every day during the summer. These can be story times or days each child can make a craft. These are GREAT activities and you can’t beat FREE! We also like to go to the park on nice days and take a picnic lunch. There are trampoline parks close to us as well as water parks that we will also try to visit just for something different.
Now, as you can see I rely on Pinterest for a ton of ideas to help kick boredom.
But now that you have the kids occupied, what do you do with that glorious hour or so? Well on days where I’m feeling like an over achiever I will get a load of laundry done from start to finish. Or I might unload and reload the dishwasher which I LOATHE. Or I will prep anything I can ahead of time for dinner that night. Other days I just want to sit for a minute. Read a few pages of a book or put pretty stickers in my Happy Planner. What I have tried to do more of, is put my phone down and just be present. I have noticed that if I give them my 100% undivided attention, behavior is so much better. I am the QUEEN of trying to multitask so I really lack in this area, but it’s something I’m working on.
Summers come and go quickly so my main takeaway on how to Summer like a Supermom is this: Be Intentional. If your intentional style is sitting down and reading one book a day with your kids then you’ve rocked it. If your intentional style is hitting up every science museum in a 50 mile radius then do it! We are all at different seasons or places in our life so just like with everything else, you have to do what works best for you and your kids. But one thing is certain, if you are intentional about the time you make with your kids this summer, you cannot lose!
Make some memories!
It has been an honor to pop in for a little guest post for these lovely mamas! Aren’t they great?! You can find me and all my other shenanigans at www.therealkentuckymom.com and on Instagram @therealkentuckymom