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Summer is just around the corner, and the kids will be bored before we know it! Pinterest is full of kid’s Summer activity lists and schedules. I don’t know about you, but I thought the whole point of Summer was to relax and not have a ridged schedule. Sure it sounds nice to have a routine where the kids do a similar task everyday of the week, but in reality that routine will fly right out the window after one week. Summer is for brain breaks and having fun! It’s about sleeping late and discovering new things! So this year instead of creating a kid’s schedule of activities or printing out a weekly routine list, try making a Kids Summer Box of Fun.
Thinking of activities to keep the kids entertained all Summer long can sometimes be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. In my house before the season starts, we create a Summer box! The boys and I sit down together, and we each come up with ideas of fun things we want to do while school is out. The boys always pick activities that are action packed or full of sugar, and I like to add relaxing, indoor ideas:)
Creating a Summer Box is super easy. I used this cute box I found at Target, and added the word Summer to the front using a chalk pen. But this activity is so simple you could use any old box, bag, or jar. Then, I grabbed some Post It notes and colorful pens, and we went to work writing down ideas. The boys and I each used a different color note to make things prettier, and so we would know who suggested what. We actually wrote our ideas on the sticky side of the paper, so that it would stay closed when we folded them in half. We filled the box with all of our colorful notes. Each note contained a different fun Summer activity that the kids wanted to try.
The boys really had fun coming up with suggestions, and I think they enjoyed being able to contribute. As they have grown older, they are much more opinionated on what they want to do versus just going along with whatever mommy wants. You can use your Summer box in one of two ways. Option one is to pick one note/activity from the box everyday and actually do whatever it says. I told the boys that if an activity wasn’t possible on the day it was chosen, then it would get thrown back into the box to be picked on another day. More than likely, we will use this summer box when we get bored. If we wake up one morning with nothing to do, then we will pick out a suggestion. I feel like we are always busy at the beginning of the Summer, but then as the weeks pass by we begin to search for activities.
The boys and I didn’t need any help coming up with ideas to put into our family box. They knew exactly what they wanted to do, and it only took me minutes to add my favorites to the box. We came up with several places to go visit and lots of fun activities to try at home too. But if you need a little help thinking of ideas, I came up with a Free Printable list of Kids Summer Fun Activities.
Making a Summer Box with Fun Kids Activities is a great Family Tradition to start with your kids this year. Hey, sitting down with the kids to come up with ideas is a fun task within itself. I hope you will give it a try with your kids. I’d love to hear about your favorite Summer idea in the comments below. And if you are looking for more fun activities to do with the kids, check out my post on having a family breakfast picnic. Summer is the best time to eat outdoors:)