A Camp at Heart
Having a wonderful childhood summer is not all about organized activities it's also about giving your children the framework to use their very own imagination to discover a wondrous world of summertime fun, something I think kids are loosing sight of way too fast today. Trying to build enough space into their summer days to allow for creatively is so important. Help them pitch a teepee or tent and then let the kids dream of great adventures; a Dino dig, a wilderness trek.
Just being present is vital and remember you don't need to be parent of the year. Just be there and have fun. It can be very relaxing to imagine the world differently for an hour and it bonds you and the children in ways that neither of you will understand until much later.
Sunlight sensitive paper for a hangable craft to decorate their walls in the fall is a great and simple activity to do together. A baseball cap hand painted to wear while on summer treks to the lake or seaside is something you'll both love for years to come.
Fairy Crowns- Gather some leather braiding string from the local crafts store and cut it off ahed of time in segments that fit their little heads. Let the kids (and you if the margarita wants to be put down) string on beads and charms and flowers to make lovely, wearable crowns.
Tents- A quiet night with you and the sweets watching an old movie? Your children will love being allowed to camp out in the yard in a tent, give them snacks, a few big flash lights and an audio book to listen to and they'll be in another world till dawn.
Chalk Art- Do you have a little Monet? Well, no probably not but they'll love creating art on the driveway or sidewalk all afternoon. Just make sure to keep them hydrated and unburnt.
Treasure Hunt- Try moving this from a short birthday party game to a weekend long affair. Make up a list that they can only read a section of each day and let them explore the
neighborhood and their imaginations.
Dad's Day- Take the yard apes to the wilds of a park and show them the wonders of nature. Try a butterfly net, watching tadpoles or bird spotting.
Mom's Brunch- Let them help you toss fruit in a bowel, for the bigger ones allow them to pour the batter (with a measuring cup) into the pan. Whole Wheat Pancakes and Fresh Berries are a great way to spend a morning talking and enjoying time together.