It’s summer time in the Thomas household!!! That means 7 weeks (49 days) of time to fill with fun activities that keep my kids busy and entertained. Last summer we went to San Diego for a week. I spent sooooo much time planning and organizing for that trip, when it was done, we didn’t do too much more, besides swimming. We are planning on taking the kids to Disneyland for the first time this fall, so this summer we are only doing a few nights in Phoenix as a “stay-cation”, which means 46 more days to fill with fun. Obviously many of those days will be filled with swimming at the kids Nanni’s house or in the blow up pool in the yard, but I needed some back up ideas so that we don’t go crazy, and look like this by the end of summer break:
So this year, I’m going in with a PLAN!! We already made our bucket list and yesterday I had Abby make a list of craft ideas by looking at my Pinterest account. Welllll, after about 45 minutes of her messing around she made a lengthy list of about 30 things she wants to do. I informed her we most likely wouldn’t be able to do them ALL, but we’d try to make a nice dent in the list.
The summer, I’ll be blogging about some of our activities and sharing with your how they worked out, which will save you the hassle of trying something that sucks! Aren’t I so nice? You’re welcome.
Here is our first summer of fun activity, which also doubled as an end of the year gift for the kids teacher’s.
Hand print animals
1 in foam brush
bowl for water
thin black marker
plenty of paper towels and something to cover the table
The kids decided which animals they wanted to make. After much deliberation, we decided on two monkeys, a zebra, a giraffe and the Pigeon from “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” by Mo Willems.
Unless you are incredibly creative, google the images of the hand print animals you want to make so you and your kids can have an idea of what their animals will look like. COVER the table with SOMETHING, trust me! Then you can paint your kids hand with the base color and have them place it on the paper. Use a lot of paint on their hand because if you don’t, you will have to repaint and stick down, and you probably won’t be able to match it completely and then your animal will look weird!
Here is Jacob working on his zebra. Adorable!!
Here are the finished products!
These were thank you gifts, so I had each kid write a thank you message at the top.
Hannah, not being one to be left out, painted her own monkey.
She got a little crazy with the green while I was helping the other two 🙂
So there you have it…one project down, a million to go!!
This was fairly easy and tear free. The kids really liked it. There wasn’t too much mess or clean up either, except by the sink….
Next week Abby wants to make her own bouncy balls….we may continue to ease in a bit more though…maybe some glitter slime.