Updated: Jul 23
I promised our son, Jaya, that this would be the best summer ever.
I promised him this because this year has been so difficult with the covid-19 lockdown and then the extremely heart wrenching murder of George Floyd. There has been so much uncertainty and sadness thus far, I just had to do something to make this summer a positive one.
I know that I cannot control what is happening in the world but I can control how I handle it and how I move forward in this new world. I want to move forward with much love in my heart and with much hope that things will get better.
So, I sat down and thought about what summertime fun meant to me and how I could give that to my son. I remember summers, as a little girl, were always really special. They consisted of endless pool parties, water balloon fights, long bike rides, kickball, trading garbage pail kids (wait, am I aging myself here?), watching summer blockbuster movies with friends, playing hide and seek in the neighborhood, eating lots of yummy food and exploring every corner we found ourselves in. Summer meant freedom and although Jaya is only 4 and isn’t allowed to independently do most of the things on that list, I did come up with a list that will guarantee he has his best summer yet!
Here are 40 things we plan to do to make this summer GREAT:
Paint rocks with positive messages and hide them throughout the neighborhood for people to find.
Play softball with friends
Plan a mommy and me sleepover party
Make a campfire in the backyard
Tie dye t-shirts
Have a lemonade stand
Have a picnic
Project movie onto the side of the house and invite friends over to watch
Camp out in the backyard
Do something nice for a neighbor
Take pictures of nature: flowers, trees, bugs, clouds
Escape room for kids
Backyard obstacle course
Make a bird feeder
Learn to sew
Plan and host a toy/book exchange
Make a time capsule
Interview and video record a relative
Make a pressed flower sun catcher
Create a slip and slide
Draw on the sidewalk with chalk
Fly a kite
Stargaze with a telescope
Have a board game night
Make ice cream
Climb a tree
Make a mud kitchen
Bake cookies from scratch
Have a dance party
Make a bird feeder
Have a water balloon fight
Go on a scavenger hunt
Learn about garbage pail kids
How do you plan to make this your child’s best summer yet?
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