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100 Ways To Have A Super Summer!

Summer Hammock

Hello Summer Vacation!

While many kids are getting geared up for exciting memories, down time, and catching up on sleep, games, and camping, parents might have other ideas.  I always wondered what parents actually did with their children all summer when typically August through May, I had them full-time with me in the classroom.  I am sure it is a balancing act for parents trying to take time off from work, seeing which summer programs they can enroll their kids in, and wanting to make great summer memories with their children, at the same time.

Instead of having a panic attack and trying to cram everything into the same week, I wanted to encourage you to start pacing yourself and live EVERY day like it’s summer vacation.  What do I mean by that?  Well, if you are only living for your vacation time, you are going to miss out on all the small every day experiences that make up…YOUR LIFE!

So, yes, enjoy that summer trip you have planned and by all means, use some of your vacation time to spend extra quality time with your family, but work to integrate that summer sparkle into your every day life so that you can look back and see that you really LIVED in those little every day moments, that were the big moments, of your life.

Here’s a list of 100 Ways you can have a SUPER SUMMER, year round!

  1.  Have a backyard camp out
  2.  Enjoy an impromptu dance party
  3.  Have a sock folding party and try to make baskets throwing them into your laundry  basket
  4.  Make and decorate paper planes and throw for distance
  5.  Have a pajama day
  6.  Read under the table
  7.  Have a hot chocolate party
  8.  Make indoor and/or outdoor s’mores
  9.  Record your favorite read aloud story
  10.  Go for a hike and identify animals and plants
  11.  Name your own wishing star
  12.  Pick wildflowers and make a bouquet to give to someone
  13.  Make and send a homemade card
  14.  Dance in the rain
  15.  Have a squirt gun party
  16.  Throw water balloons
  17.  Make a sidewalk chalk art show
  18.  Create cardboard box houses and decorate them
  19.  Make a sock puppet theater party
  20.  Watch a movie with homemade popcorn
  21.  Make a new recipe together
  22.  Beautify an outdoor space
  23.  Create a fairy garden in a pot for your deck
  24.  Throw a Frisbee
  25.  Make homemade ice cream in zip lock bags
  26.  Play “Cinderella Workout” and clean your baseboards, fans, and windows
  27.  Look for lightning bugs
  28.  Blow bubbles
  29.  Look for rainbows
  30.  Have an indoor fort building party
  31.  Write your names in shaving cream on the table
  32.  Paint custom seasonal pieces after looking at art
  33.  Visit a local museum
  34.  Research and travel to a National Monument
  35.  Tell stories around a campfire
  36.  Plant a garden
  37.  Run as fast as you can
  38.  Read a book to improve yourself and share what you learned
  39.  Help a neighbor with a project
  40.  Have a fashion show and try on everything – donate what doesn’t fit
  41.  Have a toy party and clean up old toys and donate them
  42.  Make a scrapbook of a favorite memory or time period/event
  43.  Print some pictures and make a collage
  44.  Go fishing
  45.  Lay in a hammock
  46.  Wake up early and watch the sunrise
  47.  Go on a virtual trip
  48.  Make a local passport and visit/revisit your favorite places
  49.  Visit your local library and read great books
  50.  Share a sandwich with a friend
  51.  Take a 20 minute power nap
  52.  Spend time with your pet
  53.  Laugh until your stomach hurts
  54.  Play a board game
  55.  Learn something new
  56.  Write a cursive thank you letter to someone who has influenced your life
  57.  Go sing at a nursing home
  58.  Have an “unbirthday” party
  59.  Plant flowers
  60.  Try a new herb
  61.  Eat all green foods for a day
  62.  Visit your neighbors
  63.  Smile until your cheeks hurt
  64.  Call someone you love and have a great conversation
  65.  Send a text to your spouse at work
  66.  Teach your kids a nursery rhyme
  67.  Read aloud a chapter in a classic chapter book each night until you finish it as a  family
  68.  Meet an artist in their studio for a lesson and interview them
  69.  Cut and glue your letters out to spell your name on construction paper.  Glue or  draw other items that represent what you like.  Share these with your family.
  70.  Play indoor hide and go seek
  71.  Create a scavenger hunt
  72.  Make a facial scrub and try it out
  73.  Do your own pedicure night
  74.  Play with balloons, trying not to let them touch the floor
  75.  Organize a cabinet together, get rid of things you don’t need
  76.  Deep clean a space in your house
  77.  Fold all of your towels to look hotel perfect
  78.  Create a special menu for a date night in
  79.  Take an online course to improve your life
  80.  Read a joke book
  81.  Try to catch your shadow
  82.  Do a weigh and measure day and record it on the back of a door to track next year
  83.  Sit outside, close your eyes, and listen for one minute.  Share what you heard
  84.  Play Simon Says
  85.  Teach your kids how to play Mother May I?
  86.  Use please and thank you words all day until it becomes a habit
  87.  Label with note cards everything in a room to help your beginning readers read  everyday things in their world
  88.  Lay out on beach towels in the sunshine and play an ocean cd to have a quick  getaway vacation
  89.  Stay overnight at a hotel and order room service and sleep in just for fun
  90.  Have friends over and put on a play
  91.  Watch a favorite comedy show and have dessert after, while you share your favorite  funny lines
  92.  Go outside and sketch something you see in pencil
  93.  Look at pictures of beautiful scenery and describe what it looks like, feels like,  sounds like
  94.  Write about a dream you have for your life
  95.  Get in touch with a friend you haven’t seen in years
  96.  Pay a love debt forward by helping someone else
  97.  Hug someone every day
  98.  Write a list of 100 things that bring you pure joy in your life
  99.  Interview someone to see what they really like and share what you learned
  100.  Make a chart of how you spend your time each day and work to have balance in your  life

What would you add to this list?  I’d love to hear your SUPER SUMMER ideas!

Hugs,

Trina Gunzel

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