This is AMAZING! This would make a gorgeous addition to any baby shower, wedding, bridal shower, or birthday party. I’m completely obsessed with it!
I believe it’s super important to educate your kids while they’re at home, in addition to their time in school. This is especially important during the summer, when they seem to forget everything they learned during the school year! Now, does this mean you need to sit down with them and assign them essays and homework? Heck, no! Summer is for playing and being a kid.
That’s why you mix playtime with learning! Do some crazy science experiments, cook together, go on nature walks, head to the library or the museum, play some instruments, and read books together. Reading books is one of the best ways to learn. It expands vocabulary, and teaches just about anything under the sun. That’s why I love this list by Jennifer at the Jenny Evolution of fun electricity books for kids. Head on down to your library, pick up a copy of one of these, and get to learning!:
Mobiles are an awesome way to get the nursery decorated, and also serve the purpose of entertaining and calming your baby. They stimulate the infant’s mind, and it gives them something to look at besides the ceiling as they fall asleep. You don’t have to go out and buy a fancy mobile; in fact, I’ve seen tons of beautiful homemade ones on Etsy and Pinterest. Check out this post by Nicole at The Kavanaugh Report for some DIY, Montessori inspired baby mobiles:
Munari Mobile – uses styrofoam balls and black and white designs
Octahedron Mobile – consists of three octahedrons made from metallic paper (typically Red, gold, and blue) and hung at different levels
Dancer Mobile-looks like people dancing in the wind; use shimmery, sparkly paper and string!
My two-year-old nephew went to the beach for the first time last week! He had a blast, but was more interested in playing with sand and rocks than the ocean. Still, he had a great time! If you are taking your toddler to the beach soon, make sure you’re properly prepared with the right items. To keep your toddler happy and safe, check out this packing list by Katie M. Mclaughlin at Pick Any Two:
-2 bathing suits
-Sun hat with wide brim
Camping is usually thought of as a summer activity, but I live in the South, and NO one wants to be stuck in a 98 degree tent for a night. Especially kids. That’s why I usually go camping in the springtime, or during Fall. It’s super fun, and usually fairly cheap (if not free). Campsites in my area usually charge less than $11 a night for a tent site, and you can usually find “primitive” spots for free. Of course, there is also your backyard! The possibilities are endless, and kids love cooking s’mores, making camp crafts, hiking, and enjoying nature. Check out this post by Amanda at The Dating Divas for a huge list of over 100 camping ideas for kids. Here are some of my favorites:
Banana Boats recipe
Campfire Monkey Bread recipe
Flashlight Tag game
Tin Can Lanterns Craft
Reserving a week (or weekend) of “no spending” is a great way to save lots of money for a goal. You do not spend any money except for bills, groceries, and gas. It may seem boring, but there are tons of things you can do for free. In fact, your kids don’t even need to know that you are on a “no spend” weekend. Check out this awesome list of free activity ideas for kids by Chonce at My Debt Epiphany:
-Have a yard sale
-Watch movies, or play video games
-Take a walk or go for a jog
-Visit a local historical location
-Organize a scavenger hunt
-Head to the library
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