kid summer theme days

50 days.

That’s about how many weekdays we need to fill this summer, with a 6-year old, 3-year old and a coming-soon newborn.

I’m looking forward to summer.  It means no waking up at 6am to get ready for school.  Maybe someday when ALL our kids are in school, I will understand the other moms who love school time, and don’t like summertime when all their kids are home bored, looking for something to do.

In any case, we do still have to fill the time… and not just fill it, but make it count. I tried last year, and only made it through 2 theme days, so we’re actually making a plan this year.  I wanted to plan days that are fun, educational and yummy, so here you go!  (Sorry, no pictures!  Make your own!)

Summer Theme Days.  One day per week, we will have a theme, and each theme will have some combination of the following: A craft, a snack, an activity and some type of media (related Disney movie, YouTube instructional video, a “How It’s Made” video, Mr. Rogers factory tour, etc.)

I’m going to plan theme days for Fridays, so I can prepare over the previous weekend and get supplies together during the early week. Also, I plan to do some specific days when it’s most convenient: ie – Plant Day (Picking berries at a farm is best during June-July…)

So, for all you moms who are looking for something to do with your (younger than 10 years old?) kids this summer, here is a list of what we will be attempting!

Bubble Day
Craft: Colored bubble paintings – put food coloring in bubble mix (3-4 different bowls).  Put out large sheets of white paper and have the kids blow the bubbles directly onto the paper, forming colored rings when they pop!
Media: Search “bubble shapes” on YouTube and find some fun ones
Activity: Giant Bubbles!  (compliments of this blog)
Snack: Circle snacks – Ritz crackers, M&M’s, Chips Ahoy cookies, etc.

Art Day
Craft: Edible finger paints (Google search and find a recipe that contains the stuff you already have!)
Media: Mister Rogers video at the art museum, or this Pinterest board with all kinds of art videos
Activity: Paint on a canvas, hang kids’ art on the wall like a museum! (Hobby Lobby 40% coupon and you can get 2 canvases for pretty cheap)
Snack: Colored pudding on an artist palette paper plate

Bug Day
Craft: Accordion folded paper butterflies (paper squares folded, clothespin body, string to hang from the ceiling in their bedroom)
Media: Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, or YouTube video on how a butterfly is formed 
Activity: Catch bugs, put in a jar and build a habitat for them
Snack: Gummy worms in crushed Oreos

Dino Day
Craft: Dino Rocks (compliments of this blog)
Media: Bob the Builder’s Dino Dig or educational video on types of dinosaurs
Activity: Bury items in the sandbox/dirt.  Have kids excavate them with shovel and brush.
Freeze plastic dinosaurs in bowls of ice, put the ice blocks in a small wading pool and have kids excavate with shovels, warm water in squirt bottles, or by rubbing with their hands.
Dino Cards & Maps (compliments of this blog)
Snack: Google “dinosaur snack idea” and take your pick!

Bob the Builder Day
Craft: Coloring book pages from Bob the Builder website
Media: Bob the Builder cartoon
Activity: Building something with hammer and nails or screwdriver
Snack: Pretzel sticks with large marshmallows (use like Tinker Toys and build something)

Farm Day
Craft: Mix cornstarch, water and brown paint to create a mud pit for plastic animals. (pigs!)
Media: Mr. Rogers Cow video on how milk is produced
Activity: Feed the birds, collect eggs from chickens, visit some horses/ride
Snack: Animal crackers – stick them in blobs of peanut butter to make them stand up in the “mud”

Camping Day
Craft: Indoor camp fire – Using a flashlight or glowsticks for fire, put them under a pile of toilet paper tubes (logs) and tissue paper (red, orange and yellow) so that the light shines through the tissue paper.
Media: Educational video on stars and constellations
Activity: Create your own stars on the ceiling!  Use colanders with different size holes.  Shine a flashlight up through the colander onto the ceiling to see what shapes they make. Set up a tent if you have one and do them inside the tent.
Snack: S’mores: Marshmallows on toothpicks – hold them over your indoor campfire!

Water Day
Craft: Make a Water Blob or Sponge Bombs
Media: How to Swim video, Niagara Falls, Different phases of water (gas, liquid, ice)
Activity: Play in the sprinkler or pool, Water balloons, or use your Craft
Snack: Popsicles (buy or make your own – you may have to make your own the day before if you want to eat them this day)

Chef Day
Craft: Make a paper chef’s hat
Media: Ratatouille
Activity: Bake something fun
Snack: Whatever you baked!

Ocean Day
Craft: Cardboard Box Boat
Media: Finding Nemo
Activity: Magnet fishing poles – fish from your box boat!
Snack: Goldfish crackers

Crayon Day
Craft: Wax paper Crayon Stained Glass – sharpen crayons with a pencil sharpener, put the shavings onto a piece of wax paper.  Put another sheet of wax paper on top.  Iron with an iron until melted together.  Trim with construction paper and cut to the shape you want to make a stained glass window.
Media: Mr. Rogers – How Crayons are Made
Activity: Coloring pages, or draw pictures with crayons
Snack: Anything rainbow colored!

Plant Day
Craft: Crayon rubbings of leaves and flowers
Media: Google “kid video about plants” and take your pick!
Activity: Pick flowers, Go to a farm and pick berries, Go to a farmer’s market
Snack: Garden fresh veggies – carrots, cucumbers, celery

There are tons more that I’ve thought of, so if we run out, I’ll post some more!  Enjoy!  How are you planning to keep your kids busy, entertained and educated this summer?

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