Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Parenting Ideas - Summer Time!

Summer time, oh, it's summer time......

I've been asked to teach a class at church on ideas for summer fun.  I decided to post some of the ideas here.

Free/Cheap kid play activities:
Super bubbles!
6 cups water
1 cup light corn syrup
2 cups Joy dishwashing soap (If using an ultra concentrated dishwashing liquid, use only 1 1/3 cups) 
In a large bowl (at least 3 quarts) stir water and corn syrup until combined.  Add dishwashing liquid and stir very gently until well mixed.
(Try not to make any bubbles.) Dip (don't stir) bubble wands into bubble liquid and blow bubbles.

Snake bubbles
Cut bottom off a water bottle. Duct tape old sock to cover bottom opening.  Dip sock in solution of dish soap mixed with a little bit of water.  Blow through mouth end of bottle and see the long snake bubbles that appear!

with water and brushes outside 
water color

Stores with free activities:
Bass Pro Stores Outdoor Kids Night! Tuesdays 5-8pm free kid activities
Home Depot, Lowes - Saturday free craft - check local stores for details
Fiesta Mall Thursdays 1-2pm at Center Court

Reading Programs to earn free books or prizes:
Barnes &Nobles
Pottery Barn
Pizza Hut
Local Library
Scholastic and Sylvan online activities 

Discount Movie passes:
Cinemark and Harkins Theaters

Children's Museum of Phoenix
Target Free First Friday

Things to do with food:
Mini marshmallows and pretzels (or toothpicks) - build geometric 3 D shapes
playdough - look up on pinterest
Assign older children to make breakfast/lunch or dinners
Lots of healthy snacks=happy children

Water Activities:
Splash pads at theaters, malls
Homemade slip n slides/sprinklers
Duck, duck squeeze (like duck duck goose, but squeeze sponge full of water over head)
Water in buckets/bins.  Add soap, give kids egg beaters (find at thrift stores) and watch the fun!

Summer Focus - Help children make goals to:
learn something new (sew, crochet, use drill, hammer)
practice something (cooking, musical instrument, art)
read certain number of books
create/invent something
work on scouting 
family service project

Organize your summer
Weekly focus (reading week, learn something new week, craft week, watch Disney movies week)
Daily centers (chores, reading, free play, sibling/friend play, practice time, crafts, snack time, quiet time)
Pair up older children with younger children to help with chores, playing, learning

Collect "junk" and let children create, create, create.  Play background music.
Make marble runs with toilet paper tubes

Teach children to entertain themselves or play with siblings.  Have a rule "If you're bored, you get an extra chore!"

 Go on pinterest and find some fun activities. Type in these ideas to find hundreds of ideas:
*light boxes
*marble runs
*children's books
*children's art activities
*water play
*children and food
*children's crafts

Emphasize something your child is good at or interested in.  If your child likes dinosaurs, do lots of reading, writing, looking at and playing with dinosaurs...or rocks.....or American dolls.....or whatever!  Encourage your child to explore his interest and learn as much as there is to know.

Last idea:  do what someone on facebook posted:    Make a goal to simply 

survive summer!


But what a waste of 2 good months.


Thanks for reading,


 Check out this website for free things to do in AZ 


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