First I need to start off with our summer schedule. With 5 kids 10 and under life can get a little crazy if I don't have some kind of schedule for the summer. I did one last year and I was not perfect at keeping it, but it was nice when we needed structure and something visual for the kids to see what the plans were, it was great. Besides Friday at playgroup we only play with friends after 2:00. This saves me from hearing 30 times a day "can I play with a friend", they know friend time is not until the afternoon.
Let me explain the activities a little bit. First it might look super late to get up and eat breakfast but you know what is it summer and I work at night so if I can sleep in a little, life goes a little bit better ;) We do learning centers 3 days a week and they rotate between educational computer games (like Starfall), journal writing for the older kids and coloring for the younger, and reading. The next activities are craft/art day (that is pretty self explanatory), service day will be finding ways to serve our families, neighbors, friends etc. It can be as simple as writing letters to someone or pulling weeds at a neighbors house. The last activity day is cooking. I want my children to know how to cook so they will help make bread, granola bars and any other fun thing was can find. And then the afternoon if full of free play because that is what summer is about too right!!
Here is the link to find my Summer Schedule
Now here is our Summers Here theme night. I was thinking about summer vacation last month and I have always wanted our children to love playing in our backyard. I want it to be a place of fun, imagination, and where great memories are made. I decided that this summer every month we would have a theme night (most based off movies) and then I would buy or make them a toy that would make the backyard great fun! I have limited each month's toys to $30 which is much cheaper than a night out to dinner with our family and the fun and memories will be far more long lasting than that too.
So here is our 'Summer is Here' theme night!!
First thing I did was give them their Summer Fun toys. I bought everything at the dollar store and they loved it. I bought some blow up toys for their little pool, sand toys, bubbles, hats, water soakers, sunglasses and water bottles (last year I bought them water bottles and it was wonderful)
They had a ton of fun while we got dinner ready. Don't mind my 3 year old in pajamas, we go through about 8 outfits a day with that kid ;)
Now because it is me there has to be a themed dinner. Sorry the lighting seems to be a little strange but this dinner speaks summer to me...... Burgers (I didn't put a top on so you could see the blue cheese and grilled onions--so yummy) , potato salad, chips, cantaloupe and lemonade. Super easy meal, in fact I cheated and bought the potato salad at Costco. But it was the perfect meal to kick off Summer!!
Now I said there is usually a movie involved and tonight it was
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer! I hope you all have a fantastic Summer!!