A year ago, I confessed that I am not naturally a fun mom. I’m very type A and really don’t like things to be messy or out of control. So last year I tried to plan a few out-of-the-ordinary activities for the kids and I’m taking a similar tactic this year. You won’t find anything wild and crazy here, but maybe just a few ideas to pull out of the hat when you’re desperate.
First is the Boredom Jar. This is not meant to be a punishment, but if I hear “I’m bored” I’m going to send them to the jar. They can either pull a stick and do that activity or decide that they are able to entertain themselves after all. Nothing too ground-breaking here; just some ideas to get them busy if they’re having trouble coming up with something to do.
- play a board game
- play solitaire
- go to the playground
- write a story
- write a letter to nana/papa/aunt/uncle/friend
- play in the sprinkler
- build a fort
- put on a puppet show
- ride bike/scooter
- have a lemonade stand
Like last year, we’ll go to the library once a week. We will also take advantage of some of the programs put on by the library, like movies and popcorn, the reading program, an event where kids can read to dogs, and so on.
The opening of our subdivision pool was delayed this year, but once that’s up and running we’ll be there
We may do a few surprise ice cream runs. After the kids are ready for bed, and when they aren’t suspecting it, we blow a whistle or bang a pot lid and yell “ice cream run!” and everybody piles into the van in their pajamas and we head to Sonic.
And since I’m a control freak, I’ll try to plan an activity once a week that would give me hives if it happened spontaneously. Last year we tie-dyed t-shirts. Some ideas I have for this year include a shaving cream fight, making oobleck, diet Coke and Mentos…um, I’ll need some help in this department. Maybe I’ll have the kids write a summer bucket list of things they’d like to do that I normally wouldn’t be too keen on.
Got any fun summer ideas?