Summer is in full swing and now is the perfect time to reclaim the family goodness. As a parent, I find myself becoming a little more present with my kids during the summer time. It feels a little more free and open to do all the things pushed aside during the school year. Here are a few ideas for bringing your family together this season.
Get down with nature. A recent frog festival at a local community center in town had us all totally intrigued and we decided we must go. We left with 10 tadpoles and lots of excitement. Everyone had a job to take care of the little guys and watching them change into frogs brought so many interesting conversations.
Butterfly gardens and kits are another great at home family project to get close to nature.
The most awesome part is that it was short and sweet, no long term pet care.
Make meals together. With all the yummy fresh fruits and veggies of the summer, it is a perfect time to cook. Making meal time a family affair from start to finish brings you all together on lots of levels. Kids will be more invested in trying new dishes and the skill fosters independence for future self care. Try picking one recipe to perfect. Josiah, Lucy and I are out to find the best guacamole recipe. Between chopping and mashing, all ages are into making this dish.
Dive into art. Butcher paper over the dining room table and some crayons can be a simple way to start your family art hour. Instead of quiet time in the afternoon, we are opting for a watercolor hour. Change it up offering a different medium every week. Think process and not product with this family activity. Try to do it in a place where you aren't so concerned about potential mess and clean up. It will be lovely fun.
Get your clean on. If your kids are like mine, the house is a lot messier in the summer. More time at home means various projects in stages all over, more dishes, and more laundry. No one really wants to clean up individually but everyone is more willing if we do it together. We love to play family DJ at our house to get the ball rolling. Each person picks a song and then we clean until all the songs run out. Sometimes we end with the Cha-cha slide to gather back together. If you have a little family you can always pick more than one song. It's a super fun way to get it all done.
Do something kind and adventurous. Our family is in love with a pastime we call Ding-Dong-Ditchin'. We leave something kind on a doorstep of a friend or someone we don't know, ring the doorbell and run. It is more fun than you can imagine. You can see my kids in action here. Kindness has a way of bringing us together in a really awesome way.
What are your favorite family activities in the summer? Spread the idea love in the comment section.