My grown up little girl
A follow-up to last weeks post, two things made me feel like my little baby is gone and been replaced my a beautiful, clever little girl (I’m biased I know)
Firstly, we changed her trike into a bike which she loved:
Then she spent her last day in toddler room at nursery and from next week will be in the big kid class……
I’m looking forward to an active summer and found some great resources for things to do. My favs list so fare is:
Summer Time Bucket List: 50 Activities for the Kids: maybe for summers to come, but a great list:
- Go Catch some bugs – got her net ready!
- Watch a butterfly hatch from a chrysalis.
- Make and enjoy fresh kid-made limeade.
- Paint with fizzing sidewalk paint.
- Dream of winter by making snowglobes.
- Take a mini-road trip to a new destination.
- Make homemade bouncy balls.
- Make a fire, create and roast campfire food.
- Freeze some fun toys in ice and be an excavator and chip them free.
- Jump rope – create a fun durable rope from marker lids.
- Play I-Spy outside! Great way to notice the little details in the world around you!
- Clean out the trash cans… and then make noise with them!
- With a balloon and a CD fly a CD hover craft.
- Play with your food – eat a pretend Lorax!
- Watch ants change colors and learn about how they digest food with a fun outdoor experiment.
- Kool-aide Slurppies. Nothing says summer time better than slurppies by the pool.
- Visit a farmers market together and make veggie smoothies (or a dessert smoothie) with the produce.
- Fill a dry kiddie pool with a variety of items for a giant sensory tub activity.
- Watch pill bugs race. See if you can collect a whole “family” of bugs.
- Make and eat some homemade kid-made butter.
- Add some fun to your slip-n-slide, with shaving cream!
- Use damaged pool noodles for art, a sword fight, or to create a marble run.
- Play outdoor bingo – go on a hunt for the items on your card. Whoever finds things in a row first wins.
- Experience and explore gravity by playing with pulleys
- Decorate rocks for your garden – with melted crayons!
- Have a lazy boardgame afternoon.
- Pick a flower, with your favorite color of paint make flower prints.
- Explore the colors of the rainbow with ice.
- Play with glow sticks – put them inside balloons, dump the contents into jars of water, paint with them, etc.
- Create with your recycle bin – make art and toys out of trash.
- Have a lemonade stand with the kids – put smiles on your neighbors faces.
- Decorate some tin cans and create some DIY windchimes. Compare the sounds of different sizes/shapes of cans.
- Collect your summer memories into a keepsake jar.
- Create art sculptures with tin foil.
- Decorate your yard with balloon people OR make a bunch and hand them out at the park – put smiles on the kids faces.
- Get muddy and make some dirt soup with the kids!
- Paint with water outside – I love mess-free art!
- Foam – a messy project, great to incorporate with washing the car! Make foam and then use the flakes to wash the car.
- Make a water xylophone with the kids to make music with.
- Freeze bananas (or grapes, strawberries, etc. Dip them in chocolate or yogurt for a fun summer treat.
- Play with giant bubbles – the bigger the better.
- Take your kids fishing. Don’t have a pole? Go pretend fishing.
- Explore your shadow – trace them, chase them, make them dance!
- Have a tea party – outside. Bring your friends and stuffed animals.
- Make a splashpad at your own house with a DIY PVC pipe sprinkler system.
- Have fun decorating the garden with some paving stones.
- Water the yard – the slow way, with homemade watering cans.
- Explore scents outside with a water table experiment.
- Play and mold sculptures with Rice Crispie Treats
- collect items for a bird nest – that the birds can use to decorate their nests with.