June 27, 2012

Summer, with Children

Our granddaughter spends several weeks with us each summer. I am thankful that her mother thinks this is important and "allows" us to do this. I also know that this time is finite, that in a number of years our granddaughter will have activities to do during the summer and won't want to (or be able to) spend as much time with us. So I think it's important that we make the most of the time we have.

This week I sat down with a calendar and figured out how many days she'll be here. I was thinking in terms of "weeks", and wanted to change my thinking to "days" so I could make better plans.

Along with our annual trip to the zoo, there are other fun places to go as well as things to do at home. Our afternoons are so very hot that we don't plan outside things except in the morning (including that zoo trip), so I have to take that into consideration as well. Plus Uncle likes to go on that zoo trip with us, so we have to work around his schedule.

There are numerous places around the internet with suggestions of things to do. Here are a few I've found:

30 days of Craft Camp

15 Fun and Frugal Memories to Make With Your Kids this Summer

100 Free Things to Do With Your Kids this Summer

Making Button Magnets

A friend sent us a nature-focused scavenger hunt that we'll do in the yard and pasture. You can find lots of scavenger hunts on the internet, or make up your own.

We'll also go to a local water park, make scented play dough, and make a surprise gift for Mommy's birthday that I can't write about here because Mommy reads my blog. ~smile~ And of course she loves to ride Splash, one of our horses. We have a horse-riding goal this summer so we're working on that.

Any other ideas? What will you do for fun this summer?


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