Memorial Day is often called “the unofficial start of summer.” Well, before I get into some fun summer ideas, I’m sure we would all like to take this chance to send out a thanks to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and country. It simply can’t be overstated, and those who serve, knowing full well that they are being asked to make sacrifices big and small, deserve our pride and gratitude today and everyday. (Can you tell that my grandparents - both of whom were Marines - helped raise us? They were the BEST.) That said, I’ve been seeing lots of parents and teachers on social media talking about summer lately. Some are finishing school left and right; others (like myself) are still toiling away well into June. Because of these inconsistencies, I figured I’d take Memorial Day as the opportunity to share some awesome, simple activities, recipes, and to help up your summer game without the added stress.
(That last bit is the best part.)
Toddler Fishing by I Can Teach My Child | Talk about simple fun!
Grow Your Own Salad by KidsGardening.org | It’s never too late to get growing a simple garden.
Easy Paper Plate Watermelon Craft by ABC Creative Learning | A great, easy craft for the littlest artists (although we’re sure the older kids will want to get involved, too).
Homemade Strawberry Creamsicles by Super Healthy Kids | Or try one of the other frozen treats at this awesome website.
Tropical Sand Dough by Paging Fun Mums | A sensory activity that smells like vacation? All you coconut oil fans check this one out!
No Cook Lunches for Kids by Feeding My Kid | Eighteen (yes, eighteen!) yummy lunch ideas for those super hot, “what do I make?” days.
DIY Splat Balls by Paging Fun Mums | As fun as water balloons are, they’re not friendly for the environment or animals, to say nothing of the annoyance of picking up the pieces and filling them. Splat balls are the perfect (and super fun) solution.
Fruit Pizza by Cooking Classy | A healthy pizza...for dessert. Need I say more? ;-)
Ready Steady Jump Rope Game by Parents.com | For the slightly older kids, this simple, new spin on jumping rope makes for a fun (and wet) twist!
What's your favorite tip to help make summertime fun and simple? We'd all love to hear!