As school winds down, much more quickly than I am prepared for, I find myself facing summer with my three girls and quite frankly…I’m scared.
With three active kids who want to be engaged every. second. of. every. day, I know that I have to get in gear and come up with a plan to keep them busy.
A couple of weeks ago I started researching camp ideas to do at home and I came across this post at Power of Moms about a DIY Summer Camp and MIND BLOWN. I am a structure person to the core and our previous summers had been very lax (read: boring for the kids and stress inducing for me). I figure some structure can only help.
I’ve come up with a loose schedule that allows just enough structure for us to have a plan but flexible enough that we can go with the flow of the summer.
Make it Monday – We are going to be making kid friendly recipes and doing fun crafts. Pinterest has been my best friend for coming up with ideas for this!
Take a Trip Tuesday – This will be our planned day to get out of the house and explore our city. A picnic lunch at the park, an afternoon at a museum, or a lunch date downtown with daddy at work.
Wet Wednesday – There is nothing my kids love more than being wet. They are taking swimming lessons and I also plan to make use of the sprinklers. I have a water balloon fight in the works and a stash of water guns. They are going to love it!B
Thinking Thursday – I don’t want their brains to shrivel up over the summer so I do have a plan to keep them engaged in learning. Thinking Thursday is all about researching something we’ve been wondering (I have a running list from my girls), library trips, experiments, writing stories and practicing skills.
Fun Friday – This most likely will be the flex day. I plan to reserve this day for play dates with friends, family movies and anything else that we want to fit into our summer.
I’ll post some of the activities I have planned later in the week, but I’m really excited about Mommy Camp (gotta think of a more clever name). The anxiety I was having about summer has all but dissipated thanks to a little planning.
What’s your plan for summer?