The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
Summer is looming large before us, spread out as a season of possibilities with our kids. Ironically, this seven months pregnant mama’s belly is also looming large before her, so I’ve decided to take as much help from others as I can when planning our Summer fun this year.
Today I’ll be sharing a few of the resources and ideas for Summertime that I’ve compiled so far, and then I will open up the comments so that we can share more Summer Fun ideas with each other.
From My Pinterest
Have you discovered Pinterest yet? My friend Megan introduced me to this virtual bulletin board, and she has a handy guide for using Pinterest here. I’ve been using it as a place to “stick” the ideas for Summer that I’ve been collecting from around the web.
A few Summer inspirations from my Pinterest:
- Make Your Own Eco Friendly Bubbles ::: Real Moms Guide
- Pizzas of the World ::: Tiny Urban Kitchen
- Patriotic Fruit Pops ::: The Magic Onions
- Bubble Printing ::: The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Summer Survival Guide
Jessica, of Life as Mom, could not have written her Summer Survival Guide at a better time for me! The customizable, printable ebook has over 200 pages of themes, ideas, checklists, and FUN for organizing crafts, games, outings, and more over sixteen weeks.
I’ve been feeling more and more the need to go on “auto pilot” and let someone else take over the planning and organizing, and I’m happy that Jessica has stepped up to the task.
With the special Birthday Sale going on at Life As Mom until June 1st, you can pick up the Summer Survival Guide for less than 50 cents a week. Just use the coupon code 39BDAY on all purchases of $4 or more and get $2 off of your purchase.
Summer Reading Program
Every year our library holds a wonderful Summer Reading program that my kids love. Checking out your local library to see if they offer a Summer Reading program would be a great idea as we begin the warmest season of the year.
Books are always wonderful, but reading under a shady tree or poolside are special Summertime treats!
This year, we’re joining in with the iVillage PBS Kids Summer reading program. In fact, this Friday I’ll be sharing with your about our Summer Reading kick off party and throughout the Summer I’ll be making weekly updates about how we’re enjoying the program. I’d love to hear if you joining in with iVillage and PBS Kids, too!
Don’t have a group or local library to participate with? Don’t let that stop you. Create a reading program just for yourself and your kids.
From the Simple Kids Archives
We have some family favorites from the Simple Kids archives that I’m looking forward to putting into action again this Summer, as well.
- Make Your Own Backyard Obstacle Course ::: written by contributor Amy Anderson
- Simple Activities to Help Your Child Explore the Natural World ::: by contributor Catherine Way
We’ll also be taking advantage of the backyard pool, Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market, family reunions, and (I hope) have a healthy measure of “do nothing” days this Summer, as well. And, at the end of the Summer we’ll be blessed to welcome baby Fleck number four to our family. It is going to be a great season!
What will you and your kids be up to?
What resources and ideas are you gathering for this year’s Summertime fun with your kids? Any travel plans? Summer traditions? Please, share in the comments.
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