Mom’s Priority List of Summer Activities for Great Kids Beyond Camps and Vacations
Summer is a time for kids to have fun and be kids, playing with friends and going on vacation, to camps and the pool of course! Beyond that, it’s a time to do the things you don’t get to do as often during the school year. For a few fun inspirational ideas, I’ve created a list! This list is designed for elementary-age, but can be scaled to go younger or older.
- Enter a reading contest for prizes – Your local library surely has contests for different ages. Also, check out Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program- read just 8 books and write a recommendation for each and win a free book! For more details, see Barnes and Noble .
- Enter a building contest for a chance to have your masterpiece in the Lego club magazine! Or, use Lego’s Digital Design Software on their website to build a virtual lego invention and have it displayed on their website! Click below for Lego’s site
- Write a story about Lego Ninjago and the winner will have their story published in an upcoming chapter book!
- Paint with acrylics on pottery, watercolors on stained glass (from craft store), by number, with acrylics on canvas, on posters for lemonade stands, with dot markers, with finger paint, on ceramic kits from the craft store, with stencils, with sponges, on wood figures like crosses
- Create necklaces with macaroni noodles and string and beads, puppets with paper bags or finger puppets with felt, magnets with pictures, felt storyboards with felt and imagination
- Glue a tissue paper collage, sequin art, foam stickers
- Try new food and recipes, take a picture, and create a recipe book with your new favorites
- Plant a garden in your backyard or community and enjoy picking fresh fruit and vegetables all summer!
- Exercise as a family- ride bikes at parks or in the neighborhood, go swimming, play baseball or soccer in the backyard, play tennis or golf, help parents around the yard and in the house.
- Drink lots of water and get lots of rest, because summer days wear you out!
Make a Difference
- Set up a lemonade stand to raise money for your favorite cause
- Get a haircut and donate your ponytail to Locks of Love or your local cancer center
- Visit elderly family or senior center, bringing them beautiful artwork to brighten their walls and smiles!
- Clean out your closet and drawers, taking outgrown and gently worn shoes and clothes to your local church, rescue, Salvation Army, Goodwill, and stuffed animals to your local fire station
- Send a card to an out of town friend or family member to make their day brighter
- Send our soldiers letters and goodies
- Share a canned good with someone in need by taking it to your local soup kitchen
- Smile often, laugh a lot, and have lots of fun!
Mother’s Day is May 10th, and there are hopefully one or more “moms” or “grandmas” in your life that you want to show appreciation to. The good news is it’s still 2 weeks away, so you still have time to find that perfect gift. While many moms prefer quality time or just doing something nice for them to show your appreciation, gifts are what others would like. I’ve linked ideas onto Mom’s Priority’s pinterest page, and here are more to help you out:
Macy’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide
I personally loved the silhouette gifts that I made for the grandparents . We did them one year for Valentine’s day, and this link shows you how- such a beautiful way to capture childhood!
Gifts for teachers vary from simple to elaborate homemade to simply purchased, with a range of costs, but the most important thing is letting teachers know they are appreciated. Check out Mom’s Priority’s Pinterest board for a variety of ideas, and thank those teachers!!
For the purchased route, gift cards are always appreciated, and Amazon gift cards are good for most anything!
For the semi-homemade route, go to Tagxedo and make a word cloud with your teacher’s name, the grade and any other words that fit your theme. Put it in a simple frame and hang with ribbon!
Scenario: Birthday party this weekend and it’s Wednesday already!
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Easter is coming soon, and a devotional book in my mind is such a precious gift to give your children! We USED to be in a great habit of reading our devotion in the mornings before school as the kids ate their breakfast. I CHERISHED that time, and the kids really seemed enjoy it to, too. But, life has become busy and we fell out of the habit. We still have our time at bedtime, but there is just something about starting the day off right!
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice…” – Psalm 5:3
We have used a couple of different devotional books, though, that we have truly loved.
Jesus Calling for Kids
Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible
Jesus Storybook Bible
Now, as they are growing up a little, I need to find new age-appropriate devotionals for them that are on their way! And we plan to give them these at Easter and get back in the habit again.
Grace for the Moment for Kids
I am Loved
What are your favorites that you recommend?
Sometimes as parents we get to that point where we need guidance! We’re out of our own ideas! Scriptural guidance and prayer is best, and many times advice from an expert helps. This is just a starting list, but here are a few books that I believe help parents navigate parenting! Click HERE
Encouragement is a tangible way to show Jesus to others, and we all need encouragement, don’t we? To other moms, to your spouse, to your children…it’s so important to share those affirming words with them!
Encourage other moms – 1 Thessalonians 5:11