1,000 Summertime Hours
The five little words that strike fear into every mommy’s heart? School is out for summer.
If you are a grandma reading this, you probably wonder what all the fuss is about. Your mommy actually enjoyed summer hours — the absence of homework alone was enough to make her click her heels with joy. Your summers were free-range: The sun came up, you went outside and found your friends and their bicycles. Someone’s mom fed you a peanut-butter sandwich and some Kool-Aid. You drank from the garden hose when you were thirsty. You dragged your feet home when the sun began to sink. You gobbled supper. You went back outside to play kick the can and to catch lightning bugs. You didn’t hear your mother’s orders to get in the house. And when you did, you argued that your feet weren’t all that dirty. You fell asleep, on guard against that one mosquito in the room. And you woke up and did it all over. For about 90 days in a row. But you probably went to church on Sundays (which was, in your opinion, just an excuse to get your hair washed and your nails scrubbed).
If you are a mommy reading this today — after your feelings of disbelief and then a pang of jealousy subside — you square your shoulders and reassure yourself that YOUR child will have a summer filled with stimulating experiences that will enrich his mind, body, and soul; and will keep him sharp and prepared for the next school year.
What is your plan, modern mommy? Here are 20 fun ideas to keep you busy this summer. For more inspiration, we’ve created a monthly early literacy calendar chock-full of ideas to engage your little one.
- String beads into jewelry
- Explore a museum
- Make a birdhouse out of popsicle sticks
- Go berry picking
- Use colored tape to make roads for your kids toys
- Have a tricycle race at the park
- Make homemade popsicles
- Create salad spinner art
- Build a sandcastle
- Turn your driveway into a bull’s-eye target game
- Make a sugar-writing tray
- Play balloon ping pong
- Make homemade pizza
- Play dress-up
- Dig in the dirt
- Create crowns and leis with wildflowers
- Have a water balloon fight
- Race marbles on a pool-noodle track
- Plant a butterfly garden
- Make soap clouds in the microwave
Or you could just send your kids to grandma.