As I perused Pinterest and blogs trying to find ideas and activities for our summer I discovered lots of summer schedules. These schedules had exact times and activities for each day (all day) that some amazing blogger moms put together.
Wow, I was impressed! How I wish I was that kind of organized mom, but the truth is I’m not. And I’m okay with it! Truth be told I want some “me” time in the summer too and these all day schedules cramp my style. I love my kids and God knows that I LOVE planning activities and events for them, but I’ve learned that if I want to keep sane I can’t. I can’t plan something for them every single minute for the next 90 days of summer. Anyways, the minute I try to follow anything rigidly my whole being rebels. But here’s the thing I also need a routine and so do my kids. Even though I’m a spontaneous type of person I still need some parameters.
With that said I’ve come up with this schedule but I don’t have a specific times we’ll move our muscles on Monday and for that matter we may also choose to move our muscles on Thursday and Friday or Wander Somewhere on Tuesday instead. So, here’s our loosely planned summer schedule for all of you moms who want a flexible summer but with some structure.
Our Flexible Summer Schedule
Move Your Muscles Monday- I love exercising with my family now that they are older it’s even more fun. What we’ve done in the past is a Running club for our family, I share that here. We go bike riding in the neighborhood then come back and enjoy some water fun with a bike wash I share here some fun photos of our bike wash. or walks once in the evening. Or you can simple stay home and do some fun movements with music. I also highly recommend taking advantage of your community parks for this day.
Try Something New Tuesday –Here you may want to try reading a different kind of book than what you’re used to. Make a cool treat together. Start a new hobby that you can keep going the whole summer. Try a new fruit or food. I share here our 10 Kid friendly Around the World Recipes. Try listening to a different kind of music genre than what you normally do. Learn how to say “hello” in a different language. This is a good way to introduce new vocabulary to your kids and on Tuesdays you can have a word of the day.
Wander Somewhere Wednesday –It doesn’t’ have to be far nor does it have to be something new. Wander in the woods, the park, the mall, the library, your neighborhood, the pool, a museum. Go on a picnic for lunch this is one of our favorite simple summer time activities.
Thoughtful Thursday – This can take on two meanings so you can switch them up during the summer or stick to one. This day you can incorporate a journaling and reflecting time. Even if your kids aren’t writing yet, journaling is possible. Last year we did a gratitude journal all summer that I loved! I share a printable for that here. We’ve also enjoyed Gratitude Hikes I talk more about this here.
Dr. R. A. Emmons details research that shows that people who took time to list the things for which they’re grateful every day for a period of 10 weeks experienced 25% more of a feeling of happiness than a different group that focused on hassles or events.
You can also take this day to do something thoughtful for others. I love incorporating acts of kindness into our summer this helps the kids to realize that our summers are not just all about them. I have a whole list of activities here that you can enjoy as a family.
Fun Friday-On this day you can pretty much do anything and call it fun! You can make a fort with the kids, play board games as a family, make ice cream in a bag with them. the possibilities are endless. Enjoy a staycation and discover your community. We love camping so go out and explore the outdoors, I share some of our tried and true camping ideas and some tips here.
We created a series called The Mini Maker’s Guide To Summer Fun! Over the coming days we will be providing you with all kinds of new and creative kid activities and sharing on social media with the hashtag #makingsummerfun. We hope you’ll join us!! Tag us when you try an idea or share one of your own. Together we’ll make this the funnest summer ever!