It's this one day of week I love where someone does all the planning for me. It only lasts for another 2 weeks, so I'm enjoying it while I can! I'm speaking of the Summer Reading Program at our library. This is the first time I have ever gotten my kids involved at a Summer Reading Library thing. What is wrong with me? We've always been big fans of the library but never participated in all the cool programs & activities it has to offer. I definitely suggest you scoot down to your local library & check it out, if you haven't already!
I love the idea of taking a topic & running with it. For instance: "Animals under the sea", as in today's library visit. We did crossword puzzles & colored pictures about animals under the sea. We tried thinking of all the animals we could that actually live under the sea. We did crafts about animals under the sea. We read books about animals under the sea. We even had a snack themed around animals under the sea.
Next week I plan on taking this idea & letting my girls pick their favorite topic. It'll take a bit of planning. But it should be fun!
A lot of you have asked how I do it---how I have the time for all these ideas & activities this summer. Seriously, it doesn't take a lot of time.
I sat down one day & rounded up all my favorite creative resources: from mags to library books to internet sites. I wrote down my favorite ideas in a notebook. A whole random smattering of them. There are recipes & crafts & activities & writing & play things & outings.
Before I head to bed each night, I just pick the "fun" thing we're gonna do for the next day. I make sure I have all the necessary items/supplies/props.
Most of them take minutes to do. Really.
And I keep the notebook handy in case an idea pops in my head that I want to remember. I also make sure to take note of what my kids like, or what THEY want to do.
If I didn't have this to motivate me every day, I'm afraid I'd be stuck inside watching reruns of Miami Ink & shoo-ing my kids to play outside, while sipping iced mochas & watching my butt expand on the cozy couch.
I hope you're enjoying these ideas. I hope they inspire you. Blogging every day seems to bring about less comments, so I'm not sure who's out there anymore.
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