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10 Ideas for Summer Fun {Guest Post}

I have a special guest post for you today from a beautiful friend and sister in Christ, Theresa. She is a local friend who blogs from her heart at Heavenly Glimpses. I am always inspired by her writings, so when I asked her if she'd write a guest post for my blog, I was thrilled that she was willing to let me share her ideas for summer fun! I enjoy getting together with her and her children in the summer for ice cream and visits in the park and look forward to warm sunny weather to do just that!

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We have the freezer stocked with frozen treats, books out, prize box filled, and just days left until summer vacation! We’re planning lots of downtime, but even constant downtime needs a plan. Otherwise, everyone can go a little batty very quickly!



Here are ten ideas for your summer down time:

1. Plan a Service Project: 

Kick off the summer with a group service project: One year we invited friends over and partnered with Craft Hope in making bracelets for orphanages in Russia.



You may also choose a local recipient. The following year we made suncatchers and visited the elderly in a local nursing home.

2. Go Camping:

Camping is a must in Wyoming, along with other trips you may have planned. But even if you’re in a season of life where camping is not possible, pitch a tent in your backyard.

3. Create Your Own Summer Reading Program:

We'll read all summer long, but will have a special three week incentive program. I got the idea for it last year here. Our kids love this porgram because they get to pick a prize every day. But also because they really do get immersed in the reading they/we do. If a prize a day doesn’t work for you, stretch it out over the summer, tallying up points to cash in. The ideas are endless!





4. Implement Scripture Memorization:

I've chosen the first section of the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, for the children to memorize over the summer. How far they get will be determined by each one's age. If it helps, incentives for this might be a ticket for a date with mom, a date with dad, invite a friend over to play, etc. That way we're working in that quality time that we desire to make time for, too!

5. Do a Nature Study: 

Learn about trees and flowers, bugs and birds all around your neighborhood and community. I found this great resource for doing a nature study here.

6. Conduct a Science Experiment:

Summer is a great time to pull out a science book and get a little messy. Make it a weekly adventure!

7. Coordinate Neighborhood Games:

Remember how we used to do that, as kids? If there are other families with children in your neighborhood, invite friends over to play a little soccer or kickball! If not, invite friends to a park for a ball game.

8. Keep Math Fresh:

Rather than children forgetting so much of what they’ve learned this year over summer break, keep it fresh and fun with some math games (or games of any subject, for that matter).

9. Plan Plenty of Water Fun:

Summer gets busy and flies by, so if you can’t get to the pool often enough, turn on the sprinkler in your backyard or have a water fight!

10. Start a Lemonade Stand:

Allow your children to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills by learning the value of the dollar, not to mention, their communication and leadership skills!


I like to take advantage of time together over the summer so we try to keep individual activities to a minimum. I love to see the relationships of my children grow and imaginations soar when they have books to stimulate their imagination and time for uninterrupted play–to act out all of their new adventures.

Summer time around here is a time of relaxation and fun with a little structure to keep everyone in the know as to what to expect, as the days can run into each other easily and quickly without a plan.

We hope to fit in plenty of reading, exploration, playing in our backyard, parks with friends, tennis with grandpa, and getting wet with cousins A LOT!

I am a believer in making a plan and then working it out flexibly. So go jot down some ideas and have a great summer!

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Check out these great sites for more fun ideas for your summer:

67 Ideas For Fun and Learning This Summer 
Summer Bucket List and Free Printables
Summer Activities For Kids


...Encouraging Moms of Today's Generation.

I believe God gives us tiny glimpses of heaven everyday, particularly within the context of our marriage and, if so blessed, our children. Although this earthly road we travel may prove difficult, when we persevere with eyes on Christ, he is faithful to shower our hearts with heavenly glimpses. (Learn more about Theresa here.)

3 comments

Mud Puddle Soup said...

One more week until our summer vacation! I'm so ready after such challenges of life this year but despite the unexpected, we are finishing up and I'm in prep mode for next year.

Michelle said...

I'm so excited for you! Yay! I have two weeks until we are "done" but have already started transitioning into summer learning, by taking a break while finishing up the necessaries. Looking forward to seeing what you have been working on!

Theresa Miller said...

Thank you, Michelle, for the privilege of guest-posting on your blog! You are an inspiration and I look forward to enjoying some of our summer fun with you and your sweet children. Enjoy the wrapping up of your school year!