Need more ideas to beat the summer heat and boredom blues?
Reading and writing throughout the summer will not only ease summer boredom but it will also help your kids maintain their skill levels. Even if they verbally complain about it they will secretly enjoy it.
Check out the following super funnest books just for starters.
Mom Made us Write this in the Summer—Journal One
“Two kids, one journal? That is exactly what happened to 10-year old twins, Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes home with a plan for a summer journal, Maggie and Max can not believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!
Maggie and Max find out they have some very different (and funny) views about everything that happens over the summer.”
Such a cute book idea. It is written from both points of view for hilarious results. Written to look like the kids’ own handwriting and drawing, this book shows kids and grownups alike just how much fun keeping a journal really is.
Once summer is over Journal Two starts, Mom made us Write this during School. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of this one. “When 10-year-old twins, Maggie and Max head back to school in the fall, they think their journal-sharing days are over, but Mom has a different plan. In their second journal Max and Maggie’s hilarious he-said-she-said journal details what the twins think about everything from back-to-school stress, to getting a new pet, to crazy Halloween costumes.”
Max and Maggie’s make-your-own shared journal.
“Max and Maggie’s 100-page challenge gives kids a goal. Find someone to share the journal with, and work together to fill 100 pages with fabulous writing. This journal is the perfect place for siblings, friends or family members, to share their own journal and their most intimate thoughts about life. It comes complete with instructions on journal sharing from Maggie and Max.”
These books make me wish my kids were 10 years old again, but I do have grandkids!
Harriet, the Spy
This was one of my favorite books to read as a kid. I loved being a spy. I had my own little spy kit, a telescope, a notebook and a secret decoder ring. I loved to spy around my neighborhood, just like Harriet. This would be a fun book to read together, and you can rent the movie when you’re done with the book. What a perfect way to spend the rainy, or too-hot days. Another fun activity after reading the book would be to give your kids a composition notebook and pencil and send them on a scavenger hunt to find 10-20 items (depending how long you want them busy), and write or draw about the item.
The easiest way to get your kids to participate is to do it with them. It’s not as much fun to do it alone. Reading and writing will help alleviate boredom and keep your kids’ skills vibrant throughout the summer. Enjoy!