My kids always want me to do the summer activities we did years ago when we were too poor to go anywhere. It was when my husband went back to school to get more education. This meant he was gone from 5:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. five days a week, for 3 1/2 years. It has paid off, but it was a hard time, physically, mentally, and fianacially.
So I thought I would share some of the ideas that helped make summers fun.
The first day of of summer was getting a BIG box. (Free)
2nd day, we would decorate our "summer box". Use wrapping paper, newspaper, or just paint it. But!!!! Mom's are not allowed to help in the creativity. Use scrapbook things to help decorate. Dollar stores are a great place for these things.
3rd day, we would start filling it with crayons, paper, scissors, yarn, glue, paints, clay, side walk chalk, paint brushes, any and all things to be used for our summer activies.
4th day, we would walk or drive to a grocery store do some shopping. Ask for the brown paper bags. These are the most wonderful things you can have stashed in your box for projects. I will share some of these projects as we go along. Always ASK for extra's every time you go!
5th day, collect and decorate little boxes, shoe boxes, cans, etc. to put the smaller items in, (like pencils, chalk, erasers, clips, etc) to keep the "summer box" organized.
Now let the kids know everyday Mon.- Friday there will be a project you will be doing. You will be surprised how that one little thing everyday gives the kids a sense anticipation for the next days activity.
Come back weekly, and I will have 5 more days of things to do, links, etc.