What to do in the summertime?
Keeping kids engaged in fun, worthwhile activities all summer can be daunting. Once the novelty of sleeping in and the lack of homework wears off, you’ll be hearing a chorus of, “I’m bored.” After all, it is a mom’s (and sometimes a grandma’s) job to keep everyone entertained, right?
Arm yourself with an arsenal of fun things to do. Keep a list of activities handy, and remain flexible. Sprinkle these journaling activities throughout your other summertime fun to reduce boredom.
This is a four-part post. In part 1, I’m going to introduce you to all 7 magical journaling activities, and suggest some printables for the first two activities and continue in part 2. There’s just too much stuff to put in one post, and I really don’t think you want to sit here and read all day when you could be playing with your kids.
7 Fun Summertime Journaling Activities:
1. Host a Journaling Party–This is a fun activity for Cub Scouts, Achievement Days for girls, Girl Scouts, your own kids or grandkids.
2. Play School–this is especially fun for preschoolers. Science experiments with a lab journal or backyard nature journals work better for older kids.
3. Cipher collection/I Spy Journals–I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like to spy or decode things!
4. Travel Journals–This makes even the longest road trip more interesting, and fun to share the memories later.
5. Camp Journals–skills list, basic first aid, sketch page, etc. Camp out in your own backyard.
6. Adventure Journals–Take a pretend African Safari, trip to outer space, or time travel to historical events. This holds more interest for older kids.
7. Young Author workbooks–Get the kids interested in writing and illustrating their own stories.
1. Let’s Start with Hosting a Journaling Party
• Decide on a theme. What kind of journals do you want to make? Ask the kids or their parents ahead of time what they’d like to have on their journal’s cover.
• Send out invitations
• Gather supplies
• Provide one adult to every 3-4 children for assistance.
• Provide inexpensive composition notebooks and supplies so the kids can design their own journal covers. Help them cover in clear contact paper for extra durability.
• Provide enough supplies for each child; tape, glue sticks, double-sided tape, scissors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers, and some fun scrapbook papers.
• Provide printables of the first three pages, “All About Me,” “My Favorite Things,” and “My Family Portrait,” or something of your own design.
Here are pics of the Free Printables in our Library:
2. Play School
This will work a lot better with the preschool age group.
• Use inexpensive composition notebooks.
• Draw letters that the kids can trace or outline with stickers.
• Draw your child’s name and let them trace it.
• Make counting pages using stickers and trace the numbers.
• Trace shapes.
• Use FREE printables of your choice.