We are planning to attend several morning day camps, but the last few days have reminded me there will still be A LOT of hours to fill. I don't want to be overly structured-- I am all about staying in pjs and resting. However, since that seems to only get my crew to about 8:45, I like to always have a few activities in my back pocket to keep things exciting (and it seems to keep squabbling at bay!)
A couple of Summers ago I remember reading that Shannon had her children make a list of lots of fun things they could do during their Summer break. Whenever one of them said those dreaded words, "I'm Bored" they were sent to the fish bowl to pull out an idea.
I adapted that idea this morning to colorful notecards. The children and I brainstormed about places we could go (yellow or orange cards) or activities we could do around the house (blue cards). I am hopeful this will allow me to make some choices based on time involved and money. I am also wondering how I can creatively add some chores to the envelope. :-)
This is still a work in progress so I am not sure if I will have the Leader of the Day choose or if we will randomly pull things from the big envelope. (I am open to suggestions...) Either way, it feels good to have some ideas that the children helped generate at my fingertips.
Our cards range from various playgrounds around town to one hour road trips to the zoo or a childrens' museum. In home activities vary from playing the Wii to baking a cake or making snow cones. During a very quick google search this morning, I came across this list that may help with generating ideas. I am sure there are more resources out there.
Here's to Summer!