You may remember when I started summer school off with a huge list of themes? I had 8 weeks planned. And I accomplished 4.
I was off to a pretty good start. Then we went on vacation, came back, my mom came to visit and we had a staycation of sorts….then I never got back up to my old speed. Especially because I started teaching in Young Women’s again, sewed something for a friend, and started exercising everyday (which I’ve done for 2 weeks now! Go me!)
Needless to say, if I wanted to get any rest at all, or have time to stare into Leo’s baby blues, summer fun school wasn’t going to happen. Being a teacher to your kids, along with normal life, is hard y’all. Major props to the homeschoolers out there. I don’t know how you do it.
But I have a ton of compiled ideas for the other 4 weeks. So here are the ideas, in all their glory.
Science Fiction – aka Princesses, Unicorns, Dragons and Mermaids
- Make mermaid tails out of pillowcases (From make and takes- scroll down to middle of post)
- Dragon puppets out of old socks- dye green or tie dye
- Unicorn Headbands
- Make up your own fairytale book about people in your family. Have the kids dress themselves- and make up costumes for parents, act out the book and take pictures or video tape. If you take pictures, print them out, have the kids dictate the story.
- Princess relay races- sack race with mermaid pillowcases, cinderella race with one high heeled shoe on, snow white-bob for apples
- Braided necklaces- I don’t know why, I just thought princesses would like it. And they know how to braid.
- Make little pictures of animal food- carrots, apples, corn seed, hay, grass, etc. Match farm animal figurines with their diet
- Make pictures of animal products- eggs, bacon, leather, hamburger, wool, etc. Match with farm animal figurines.
- Animal riddles. i.e.- I’m pink and I love mud. What am I? Have the kids make them up for each other. Sophia LOVES this game.
- Make butter or ice cream from milk in plastic bags. Milk goes in one, placed inside bag of ice. Let kids churn.
- Make yogurt in a crockpot. Google it- its not that hard
- Draw a farm animal picture, or construct one using simple construction paper shapes. Use farm animal crackers to play or act out a farm story ($1 white bag of animal crackers from kroger are the best in my opinion)
- Animal foot print stamps
- Sing Old Mac Donald and “ Down on Grandpa’s Farm” – of course!
- 3 little pigs- make mini houses out of straw, twigs, and then legos. Have fun blowing them down.
- Graham cracker houses- try to build one in a pile of sugar and one on a plate or a solid block of wood. Talk about foundations.
- Play Jenga.
- Have a tower building contest as a family- give awards for most creative, shortest, most square, etc.
- Save your cereal boxes for a few weeks, then take them apart and make a doll house. Spray paint or Decorate with scrapbook paper, scraps of fabric, cotton balls for pillows, buttons for clocks, the possibilities are endless…
Bubbles and Experiments
- Make Pinwheels.
- Bubble blowing- bubble snakes ( water bottles and fabric), huge bubbles (with string and a washer), using random objects (slotted spoon, straws, etc.)
- Chocolate bowls with balloons
- Shrinky dink with #6 plastic (take out container plastic)
- Bubble Painting or Ice cube painting on sidewalk (talk about temperature)
Come to think of it, maybe I will try to squeeze in one activity every day or do a few for family home evening.
Now go have some fun with your kids!