General Tips and Advice

Summer Plans

Sometimes, the hardest part of summer is having too much time on your hands. Every morning, coming up with a plan of what to do with your children can be a daunting task. A great solution one of my friends suggested to me was to make a big chart at the begining of the summer full of fun ideas. +
The best way to do it is to get everyone involved. Hold a fun family night – and get everyone thinking (last year I got everyone hats and called them their thinking caps). Get a big piece of poster board, and number before your night begins (also find a wall – we usually put it in our kitchen, where it will be hung for the whole summer). Decide going into the night what the minimum amount of ideas you would want to come up with is. Generally 20-30 ideas is a good start depending on your schedule.
Then start brainstorming, and fill it in. Make sure to come up with a variety – time and cost of the events – don’t let the kids create a list that would bankrupt you by the end of summer – and don’t come up with too many ideas that will only last five minutes.
Some fun ideas to contribute:
– Go for a hike
– Swim in a lake
– Build a sand castle
– Make cupcakes
– Camp out in the backyard
– Go to an amusement park
– Sign books out of the library
– Have a pizza party with friends
The best part is, because everyone is contributing to the list, they will already think the ideas are fun, and you won’t have to be too creative on a 90 degree day in July (when all you want to do is sit at the beach and not move a muscle!)

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DIY Summer Projects

During the summer, there is a lot of time to keep the kids busy. The structured schedule they are used during the school year has come to an end, and it’s up to parents to fill those hours with fun!
Unfortunatly, these days the cost of “fun” adds up pretty quickly, so we came up with two fun DIY projects that are fun and fairly simple! The best part about DIY projects is you can get the kids involved in the “creation” process as well, so you can keep them entertained for double the time.
Homemade Play Dough
Ingrediants –
– 1 part conditioner
– 2 parts constarch
– food coloring
Mix together the ingrediants in a large bowl. Add any combination of food coloring to create whatever color you want. And “ta-da!” you have Play Dough. When you are done playing just make sure to seal it in a zip lock bag and it will be reusable.

Homemade Sidewalk Foam
– 2 (4oz) Elmer’s (washable) glue
– 1 cup flour
– 4-5 cups shaving cream
– food coloring
– zip lock baggies
In a zip lock baggie, put one cup of flour, and empty two bottles of glue. Add in between 4-5 cups of shaving foam into the bag. Seal the bag (carefully) and mix together the mixture. Cut a small piece from the corner of the bag and seperate into four bags. Mix a different color into each bag. You can then cut the corner off to use – or if you have any used squeeze bottles around those make for easier cleanup. Then send your kids off to go color the sidewalk or driveway!!

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Memory Book 2016

This is an activity for parent’s and children to do together throughout the summer. You will need foam sheets (try to make it fun and use different colours).
Decorate the first page with your name on it and SUMMER 2016!! . For every trip or every experience during summer time, remember to bring home the thing you liked the most from that day or trip or take a picture and glue it to a new page. Make sure you decorate each page. At the end of these experiences, hole punch the top of the pages and put a nice ribbon through the holes to hold it together. Now it’s a book that is ready to share at school, with your friends and family.
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