Today I am linking up with Erika to talk about how I keep my kids entertained through the summer. Nothing here is going to be earth shattering and new, but I do have one shocking revelation to make…
I put my kids tablets in the closet in April and guess what? They haven’t asked for them since. This summer is tablet free. I don’t know if I will be kicking myself one day this summer (because sometimes it is nice to have them zone out to those random videos of kids opening surprise eggs and other random toys) but I am determined to make it all the way through without a tablet. We can do it! So instead of screen time this is how we are spending our days…
Not every day is spent like this, but most days are. My kids and I do really well with a routine and this one works for us. We like getting out of the house in the morning and hitting up the pool, the movies, play dates, library, whatever it may be in the morning and then coming home for lunch. After lunch I let the kids watch some TV for about an hour and then we go outside to play in the water. We are outside most of the day.
One thing that we love doing is something special each day. That does not mean it has to cost money. Today we are staying home but they are going to get the bunch-a-balloons out to throw at each other for the first time this summer. Simple and easy but special to them.
Other ways we keep entertained around here include…
There are no schedules on beach days!
-Playing at the Park-
This takes little to no planning. Sometimes we just go on a whim.
This summer I am taking my kids on adventures and exploring our town more. This includes different pools.
Sometimes we like to beat the heat and go to the mountains. This picture was taken at the end of June and as you can see, there is still a snow pack. Getting out of town on a little adventure is always fun even if it is not over night.
Here is a peek at our Summer Bucket List for 2017
And my friend Erin shares some really great insight on Bucket Lists in this post. You should check that out ASAP! I love her words on how it is not a competition and fostering a heart for gratitude in the season.
We do not get crazy about camps. My kids are going to a basketball camp this summer and that is it. We savor a free schedule in the summer and they each picked out one camp to attend and are looking forward to it.
I am going to allow my kids to get bored this summer. So many times we are go-go-go. I had an eye-opening conversation with a 5 year old student this year. One of my students in class blurted out that they were bored and one little boy responded “if you are bored then you have a weak mind”. That has stuck with me. I know he was repeating what his parents have said, but boredom creates creativity and sparks imagination. It is alright if my kids get bored. They can figure out a way to entertain themselves.
How do you keep your kids entertained throughout the summer? How do you give a little something special each day? I hope you have a great day, and I hope I was able to help a little with keeping your kids entertained this summer.