This teacher mom is so excited that school is done and summer is here! But the idea of endless hours at home with Buddy is a little daunting. During the school year, I love planning fun and educational activities to do with my students. I want to be able to do the same thing this summer – plan fun and educational activities that I can do with my son.
After spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration, I’ve come up with a themed day for each day of the week. Here are my days, as well as some of my ideas for activities to do each day.
Make it Monday: On Mondays we will make a craft or make something fun together. Some things I’d like to make this summer are: homemade play dough, painting using cars, painting with edible fingerprint, cloud dough, painting with yarn, painting in a ziplock, and making wind chimes.
Time to Read Tuesday: In the morning, we will go to the library and get books. Most Tuesdays at our library there is a baby reading group we will attend. In the afternoons, we will read a book and complete an activity related to the book.
Water Wednesday: On nice days, we will play with our water table or go to the pool. On other days, we will do some water play in the tub or with a sensory bin of water.
Try Something New Thursday: Thursdays will be our day for trying new things. Some days, it might be a new food. Other days, it might be a new activity. I haven’t tried doing sensory bins with Buddy yet, so I want to try some new ones on Thursdays. We will also try playing with materials we haven’t explored yet such as pom poms and tubs, pipe cleaners and colanders, or stacking marshmallows.
Field Trip Friday: We will go somewhere fun on Fridays. The park district sponsors children’s musicians who sometimes perform outside on Fridays at lunch time. We will try out all of the parks in our town this summer on Fridays. I also plan to go to the zoo, the farmer’s market, and a children’s museum this summer. On days where we don’t want to go far and the weather isn’t nice, we will go to the mall to play in the kids area and ride the carousel or the mall train.
Here is a free printable of my schedule. I plan to frame mine and use dry erase marker to write each week’s plans. If you have other fun ideas to do this summer, please share in the comments.