Yesterday was the last day of the school year for my kiddos and they celebrated in very different ways. One came home, fell in the bed and took a nap that lasted . . . well, it is still going as I type this. (She’s OK and breathing. I’ve checked several times.) The other two came home dancing, went for ice cream and jumped in the lake (which was very, very cold). I suppose everyone has their own idea of relaxation and fun.
When my babies were younger, I thought we needed a packed summer of activities to make the most of the time. It was busy and exciting, but just hanging out and letting them crawl all over me was fun, too. There are lists galore with summer ideas to be googled. Here are 60 of my favorites that don’t take you far from home. Whatever you do this summer, make sure you get plenty of hugs, kisses and snuggle time! (And a nap or two doesn’t hurt.)
Declare a coloring day – dig out all your coloring books and colors
Go fishing – for real or pretend
Learn about other places/cultures
Have a scavenger hunt – in the house, in the yard or beyond
Plan a circus at home – dress up like clowns, enlist the family dog to do “tricks”, tumble, etc.
Make a homemade piñata – Google it, some are pretty easy to make
Write a silly story or poem and read it at supper
Craft day – find simple crafts online like making tissue paper flowers, pinecone bird feeders, etc.
Have a Nerf gun battle
Go camping at a state park or in the back yard
Learn about stars during the day and count them at night
Make a fort with pillows
Look up how to make some simple musical instruments (like paper rolls and rice)
Laughing day — see how many jokes you can write or look up and share them at lunch or dinner
Hunt for bugs
Get dirty (play in the sand or dirt)
Run through sprinklers
Go to the zoo
Go to a flea market (make a craft with what you find)
Take cards to a retirement home
Balloon day, including a water balloon fight
Have a picnic
Dress up like . . .
Go to a museum
Sculpt with clay
Explore the park
Go on a walk
Write a letter – to grandparents/military/congressman/etc.
Visit the library
Watch a movie
Board game day
Plan a concert
International days: look up recipes, Google the region, talk with accents, dress up
Write a skit or two and perform them
Make a tent
Have a fashion show
Enjoy a tea party
Play baseball or whiffle ball
Dancing day – turn up the music and dance!
Go crazy counting – count everything!
Make your own puzzle
Learn about your family