This week is the final week of preschool for Noah and Simon. Jude will finish his school work shortly thereafter. That means it’s time to start planning our summer awesomeness. We already spend a ton of time outside or exploring new local parks but without the time constraints of school we’re free to roam as much as possible.
For my birthday my awesome in-laws bought me a membership to a local gym… with childcare. I’m beyond excited. Even though I’m very active with my boys there is only so much “exercise” I can fit in with 4 small kids in tow. Plus, I’m trying to spend a little time on myself this year. Get an hour or so all to myself sounds lovely even if I’m just walking on the treadmill. Although I do hope to try a few new classes and the pool. So a few days a week we’ll hit the gym but the rest of the days we need to explore.
I’ve compiled a 2016 summer buckets for our family. Some of the items on our bucket list are at home activities but most of them are destinations or outings.
In no particular order, our 2016 Summer Bucket List…
- Go to the pool
- Have a picnic
- Make homemade lemonade
- Watch the planes take off at the airport
- Visit the Farmer’s Market
- Ride the Train at Pullen Park
- Ride the Carousel at Chavis Park
- Collect seashells on the beach
- Visit the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem
- Draw with sidewalk chalk (Write words of encouragement at the park)
- Mail a letter
- Play family board game night
- Family movie at home w/ popcorn
- Visit the art museum park (Visit the hobbit house)
- Bake something new
- Visit the NC Aquarium
- Visit the NC Zoo
- Visit a new library
- Visit Museum of Natural Science
- Eat Lick’s Ice Cream
- 5 ROAK (Random Acts of Kindness)
- Pelican’s SnoBalls
- Play at Kids Together Playground
- Make edible necklaces
- Make homemade popsicles
I may add to the list as I think of new ideas but I hope to share our adventures and repeatedly update this list throughout the summer.
I’ve also created a generic Summer Bucket List so you can plan some fun summer adventures of your own.
Download Summer Bucket List Color PDF
Black & White Version:
Download Summer Bucket List B&W PDF
I added a few extra lines so you can add your own items to the list.
What are some items on your summer bucket list?
We love VeggieTales. The boys were super excited about the newest VeggieTales DVD release, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas.
Larry The Cucumber is a Christmas elf at the Spring Valley Mall who just wants to spread joy at the holidays. When he meets a little girl with a big heart whose only Christmas wish is to help a friend in need, “Merry Larry” sets off on adventure that will light up the holidays like never before and show the town of Spring Valley what Christmas is all about – “Christmas shines most bright and true when you give the love God gave to you!”
Jude really love this DVD, he especially loved the music at the end by Owl City and TobyMac. We aren’t familiary with Ducky Dynasty but I like the character of Silas the Okra. The story is a great remind of the real reason for Christmas and I think that is something we always want to remind our kids.
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Holiday’s are a great excuses to bring more learning into every day life. Since pumpkins are all the rage right now, I created a fun pumpkin math printable for preschool/kindergarten kids. I will admit my pumpkins look more like apples than pumpkins… just imagine they are orange.
Enjoy the pumpkin counting fun!
Jude has been working on sight words at school. We read together every night but I wanted another way to help him become more familiar with his sight words so I create a fun game of Sight Words Bingo.
I designed 10 different bingo cards so we can practice all of his words. We can also play with friends and everyone can have their own unique bingo card. I also created word cards which are great for beginner readers that still need to associate the visual word with the audible word. More advanced game players may choose to not use the word cards.
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We cut out some circles using construction paper to use as our Bingo chips. You could use toys, stickers, or really anything as chips. Jude really enjoyed playing Sight Word Bingo. I called out the word and he searched the paper for the appropriate word. He had a little trouble with some of the words so after a few guesses I showed the card to him so he could see and hear the word.
Jude isn’t in preschool anymore but we still do fun educational games and worksheets to keep him busy. This week we are doing a NO TV challenge so it’s imperative I have fun activities planned for our afternoons. I created this color graph because I knew we could use it for many different projects.
The color graph helps teach color recognition, counting, grouping like items and more.
First I created a color graph printable that you can use for a variety of purposes. Get creative and let me know how you used the color graph.
Then I created a color dot printable as a fun game to use with the graph.
Color Dot Game Supplies
- Printable Color Graph
- Printable Color Dot
- Crayons – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple
- Print off the 2 Color Graph Game Sheets and set out the appropriate crayons.
- Count each color dot and fill in the graph using corresponding crayon color.
Our printer is acting up so the colors are a little off but Jude figured it out.
Then we also used a color dice we had to play a similar and more active game to graph. Every time Jude threw the dice he charted which color it landed on. In the end I think blue won.
He really enjoyed the activity involved in this game but was also very meticulous about charting each throw.
I’d love to hear of creative ways you’ve use the Color Graph.
There are a handful of Bible verses that I have memorized. Some just from constant exposure growing up in the church (John 3:16) but some are verses that have really impacted my life and just stuck with me.
When I was in junior high a friend gave me a card and on the bottom of the card was written the reference to a verse in Proverbs.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
For whatever reason at that point in my life (I was probably about 13 years old) I mulled over that verse for weeks. I didn’t fully understand it so I read it over and over and over. I tried to visual what binding love and faithfulness around my heart would look like. What did it mean to write them on the tablet of my heart?
I studied the whole chapter looking for clues and I learned that love and faithfulness (or sometimes translated truth and mercy) are two important strengths of character. Binding them around my neck and writing them on my heart means they become a part of who I am. Engraving love and faithfulness into my everything so deeply on the inside that they dictate my outward actions.
Joe and I decided to use Proverbs 3:3 as the main scripture at our wedding because we wanted love and faithfulness to be something that changed US instead of us constantly struggling to show love and be faithful in our own strength. We want an inward change that can’t help but overflow out of us.
20 some years later and I always come back to this verse. It’s constantly propelling me to dig deeper into Truth. And as many times as I’ve read this verse it’s still fresh and alive each time I read it.
So I decided to create a wallpaper for my computer, where I spend a lot of time, so I can be constantly reminded to let love and faithfulness lead me.
Download Proverbs 3:3 Desktop Wallpaper (1920 x 1200)
We are working on learning the difference between LEFT and RIGHT.
I created this fun left and right printable worksheet that’s great for preschool/young kids. This worksheet also reinforces shape recognition and colors.
Easter is probably one of my favorite holidays. I’m planning on making several fun Easter printable worksheets throughout the month of March but here is my first set, math. Jude loves math and is actually pretty good at it so I like to encourage his love of numbers by creating new worksheets to stimulate his little sponge of a brain.
Easter Counting Worksheet – this one is just like the St. Patrick’s Day counting worksheet but with eggs instead of shamrocks.
Easter Addition Worksheet – this is a new style of worksheet I’m working on. Simple addition.
I would love feedback on how your kids did with each of these worksheets so I can improve upon the concept or design. Also, if you have any suggestions for worksheets let me know!