Thursday, May 28, 2009
Gearing Up For Summer Vacation
Like so many families we plan to stay home this summer and do more of a "Stay-cation". We are planning several day trips but for the most part we will be at home. With four kids ranging in age from almost 10 to 3, I need to have a pretty big arsenal of ideas and activities planned to keep little imaginations and hands busy. I have decided to dub this "The Summer of Vintage Fun" meaning lots of games and art projects that were "cool" when I was little and even when my parents were young. I have started a list and I am continually adding to it. For instance...remember "Mother May I" and "Red Light, Green Light"? I can remember playing those in the evening with my girlfriends as the street lights were coming on and the sounds of the frogs croaking was getting louder. Hours of playing paper dolls, making homemade ice cream, playing hopscotch, flying kites, laying in the grass and looking for cloud shapes, picnics, lemonade stands and jumping rope. Ahhhh.... the good ole days! Before DVD's, video games, and so many other annoying things that have been introduced as entertainment. Of course our summer will not be completely un-plugged but I am going to try to limit the use of electronic devices.
I am stocking our Art supplies and digging in my memory banks for ideas. I would love any suggestions you can think of. I want to show the kids how to make "god's eyes" with sticks and yarn, friendship bracelets, Boondoggle, rock painting, spin art ( with a cheapo salad spinner) just to name a few ideas. I also want to focus on using a lot of recycled materials and keep spending to a minimum.
I am really looking forward to having lots of fun with my kids this summer and teaching them a bunch of new things. You'll have to check back often to see what we are up to.