Along with approaching summer with intention, it also never hurts to have some backup. Wether you want to get artistic, read more with the kids, learn, explore, or just have some fun, there’s a blogger out there with a summertime series just for you. Here are some of my favorites:
Jennifer at Classic Play has a really great thing going on with her Art School Series. I could tell you about it, but she really says it best:
Like me, you’ve probably read that many schools across the country have cut art programs
. And many parents are wondering what to do. We can’t let arts education die. Am I right?! [feel free to insert a fist pump with me here].
I thought, hey, I have this here blog, and a bunch of readers who are looking for things to do with their kids. Let’s create our own art class!
So I went out and found a great teacher to help… While she wants me to tell you that she’s not ‘technically’ an artist, I’m going to tell you that when her kids’ school had to cut art class from their budget, she volunteered to go in and teach it. She studied, created lesson plans, tested them out and has hands-on, real world, art teaching experience. So, um, heck yeah, she’s qualified!
Sounds pretty great, right? Read on for more fabulous finds.
Not only is Make and Takes
‘ new Storybook Summer Series
filled with tons of great reading recommendations, each one also comes with a fun activity to expand on the story. This is the perfect series to help you put together a summer reading list. And the hands-on stuff is sure to excite even your non-bibliophile kiddos.
Another of my favorite series for preventing summer slide is Mommy School in Action
from I Am Momma, Hear Me Roar
. Cheri has a real knack for seamlessly integrating opportunities for learning and discovery into activities her kids already love. Case-in-point, for the series’ first installment she augmented a trip to the petting zoo with an animal BINGO printable that her boys used to help name the animals, the sounds they make, and more. I’m telling you, there are tons of easily implemented ideas to be had here.
I am so excited about TinkerLab
‘s new Tinker With
series! I truly believe that encouraging kids to explore, and question, their environment early is one of the best ways to promote critical thinking and creativity. Seriously, the photos of Rachelle’s daughter taking a pair of scissors to a stuffed animal fills me with joy (is that weird?). For a much more eloquent discussion on the topic, see Why Is Tinkering Important?
Here’s a small taste:
Tinkering is… about playing with materials and figuring out how just about anything can be assembled. Tinkering is about hands-on experiences, learning from failures, and unstructured time to explore and invent. And through the processes of exploration and invention lies the potential for innovation.
Raising a maker-kid doesn’t mean we have to outfit our homes or classrooms with high tech equipment or tools that are outside of our budget or comfort zone… What we CAN do is provide our children with opportunities to explore materials, take things apart, and imagine new possibilities through the process of invention. And this can be done simply by providing them with low-cost materials and time to tinker.
Yes! And the best part is that if you don’t know how to get started tinkering, Rachelle will hold your hand and walk you through it with this new series.
Finally, if you’re looking for a fun way to beat the heat while fostering ingenuity and resourcefulness, fort building is always a great option. MPMK contributor Allison has a super fun Fort Friday series on her blog All For the Boys that’s jam-packed with ideas. Wether you want to build outside or in, go fancy or keep it simple, inspiration abounds.
What do you guys think? Will you be incorporating any of these series into your summer routine?
P.S. Looking for more ways to simplify and connect with your family?