recitals, teacher gifts begins, school end and BAM its July 30th and we have done NOTHING!
I'm hell bent on stopping the pattern this year and making a real plan to get out of the house and really enjoy the incredible region we live in. In the meantime I hope to write about each of our adventures and encourage other local families to take on some adventures of their own! I'm sharing my summer planning process here on the blog to keep myself accountable and help other families enjoy some real fun this summer.
We have one long vacation planned and then will be hunkering down for the rest of the summer to explore, chill at the pool and enjoy ourselves.
I've prepared these awesome summer calendar sheets with incredible activities to do throughout the summer. Each month is customized with regional events and programs that happen throughout the summer and just fun stuff you can enjoy with your kids at home!
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Depending on how old your kids are Pools and slip and slides might be a bit out of reach just yet but water tables are one of my favorite go to summer toys for kids under 3. Plus if you are brave enough a vinyl table cloth (for water proofing) and a few towels make these easy to use inside! We have the one pictured above and my kids have played with it for years.
I love buying some small storage bins and stocking them up with random materials - recyclables like toilet paper tubes, beads, pipe cleaners, glue, tape, rubber bands and more. My kids call ours "the boxes of fun". They use them to "build projects" glue, tape, color and combine materials to make whatever they want. Its kind of an open ended kid of craft kit that kids can use however they like.
I believe it to be the only toy sink/kitchen item that actually has working water that does not require hand pumping to make it flow. The Little Tykes Splish & Splash Sink which also seems super cute is similar but the child or parent needs to pump the water by hand to get it to flow.
These things are now coming back into stock regularly so keep an eye on Walmart.com or click here for a direct link to try and grab one! They also are available a few other places including Amazon.
We have a whole board of awesome activities from bloggers who specialize in crafts and fun stuff to do with kids including a few featured by a fellow local blogger - Inner Child Fun. Create your own board or just follow ours and fun something your kids will love.