I LOVE using summer time around here to work on fun projects that we just don’t seem to have as much time for during the school year. AND…I think summer time is a great time to focus hard on godly character training with the kids. (Yes…by summer’s end…I plan to rid my children’s hearts completely of all selfishness and pride and lazyness and…*ahem*…well…we’ll be working on it anyway…) :)
Seriously, there are all kinds of fun things to do with the kids during the summer time…and my kids are rarely bored. (If nothing else…we have a pretty big garden with endless weeds. And dirty toilets. And dirty dishes.)
My boys LOVE the summer library reading program in our town…therefore they are inspired to read like crazy all summer long!
Matt is great at assigning the boys outdoor projects…and they love doing these jobs with and for their dad! It is amazing how much help they can be with yard work, hauling stuff, cleaning up wood and sticks, etc. I LOVE watching them work with their daddy!
Inside the house, the boys and I have fun making up new recipes and cooking together. And we play tons of games of Skip-bo. And War. And Old Maid. And Crazy Eights. And we make up our own card games.
As the summer progresses…and we work on fun projects and activities together…I’ll be sure to share the ideas with you! Here’s one idea to start off the summer:
This week one of our kitchen projects was making cool shaped pancakes. Using this whole wheat pancake recipe with a couple of extra tablespoons of milk stirred into the batter…we filled a ketchup-like container with pancake batter and started getting creative with pancake shapes and letters.
This little tool didn’t make it quite as easy as I was hoping it would when I first read the idea…but it was really fun to experiment and play with! (And of course the pancakes tasted good no matter what they ended up looking like!)
Here, Justus is working on a “J” for Justus.
Here’s Asa’s name (And by the way…in case any of the rest of you are wondering ~I’ve been emailed with this question~ Asa’s name is pronounced: “ACE-uh”.)
We were pretty happy with the way this bear and bunny turned out.
We decided the bunny reminded us of Buster on Arthur!
I LOVE this extra “down time” with my kids! I’ll look forward to sharing more ideas with you during the next several weeks! Here’s to a wonderful fun summer with our kids!
Find more great ideas at Rocks in My Dryer!
[tags] kids in the kitchen, summer projects with kids, summer activities[/tags]