Summer Doesn't Mean Abandoning Routine
- Teach skills in the summer that take too long to teach during the school year: cooking, baking bread, sewing, handicrafts, needlework, cleaning, washing, goal setting, organization, canning, fruit leather, beef jerky, sprouting, washing the car, painting the fence, gardening, yard work.
- Hold a special activity each day during the hot part of the day for one to two hours: swimming, sprinkler play, water wiggle, slip and slides or water fights, picnics at the park, outdoor cooking and camping skills, squirt gun tag, water balloon toss, sponge toss, water balloon/towel volleyball.
- Have a quiet time each day about lunch time—read stories, nap, color or do crafts.
- Mornings could be reserved for work and free play so that you can accomplish the things you need to do.
- Check with the recreation department in your community to see what activities are available through them.
- Use afternoons between 1:00-4:00 for the special activities listed below.
- Use a weekly work schedule to mark what activities, when you want to hold them and what preparations necessary.
- On the other days of the week, you could alternate water play, biking, hiking, picnicking and special events. This gives lots of variety to your summer play. Check out our Adventures at Home manual for ideas to help you plan the whole summer.
- Coordinate your afternoon activities with your neighbors. This way there is plenty of supervision and transportation as well as a companion for you.
- If your neighbors are not available, let your children invite their friends at least part of the time. Even if there is a lot of variety in your activity schedule, siblings get tired of being together all the time and contention arises.
- If you don’t have a lake, pond, spray park or stream in your area invest in a slip-n-slide, wading pool or a family community pool pass.
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