School is out, and I hope you too are knee deep in creating a slow, playful summer with your kids. I can think of so many reasons to let this summer go by with more fun and less fuss.
I want to get back in touch with my ability to lose track of time. I want to teach my kids the lifelong value of play. I want to let go of stress (forever!).
But the main reason, for me, is that I want to help my kids live fully in every season, to open their hearts wide and to look for the good in each stage they find themselves in.
So to help us live fully right now, my family will be “celebrating summer” all summer long. (My boys are already using the phrase in conversation. 🙂 I invite you to join us!
The thing is, in order to NOT shoot my efforts in the foot, I need to keep most of our weekday activities to minimal preparation. If I spend all my time shopping for hard-t0-find items for the perfect summer craft or researching the best hiking trails within three hours of us, I’ll stress myself out, make myself busy, and totally forget that I was ever aiming for slow and playful.
So these simple ideas involve nothing more than your usual trip to the grocery store or a quick outing to McDonald’s for soft serve. (Pretty sure it’s super taboo to recommend McDonald’s on a blog!)
8 Easy Ways to Celebrate Summer (All Summer Long)
1. Play with water. Sprinklers, private pools, kiddie pools, parks with water features, a handful of bowls filled with water on your patio. Mix it up and keep it easy!
2. Eat popsicles. This is a summer no-brainer!
3. Get lost outdoors. Go to one of those parks with more than just a play structure. The kind of place you can wander in, where you can let your kids chase squirrels and turn over big rocks looking for bugs.
4. Eat watermelon.
5. Visit the local farmers’ market. Or if possible, pick fruits and vegetables from your own garden or a u-pick farm.
6. Wash the family car, and plan on getting wet!
7. Go out for an ice cream cone.
8. Build a fort outside. Everything is better outdoors, so why not move some chairs and blankets outside and let the kids hide out on the grass.
The key to all of these little things is treating them like big things. The enthusiasm you convey as you talk about BUYING WATERMELON TO CELEBRATE SUMMER!! is going to rub off on the kids. 🙂
For more ideas on creating a slow and playful summer, visit my inspiration, The Abundant Mama, and print off her 50 ideas for a slow summer. Happy celebrating!
Linked up with Works for Me Wednesday and All Kinds of Things – Family Fun Activities.
I’m with you on the McDonald’s thing, my friend. 49 cent cones! 🙂 Happy summer!
Yes! I like your ideas. We all need a slow summer! It was 43 degrees when we went on a walk at 6am. Brrrr…in a nice way!
We love summer! But confess I’m partial to the Chick-Fil-A ice dream cone over McD’s soft serve. Our summers are slow by design and an important part is our evening walk after dinner – right now the fireflies are putting on QUITE a show.
Oh man now I’m wishing we had a closer chick-fil-a so I could compare! Glad to hear of another blogger who isn’t too cool to admit how great soft serve is. Haha. You guys enjoy your weekend! (I like to think of Fridays as part of the weekend. 🙂
Fun ideas. I love the summer and these make me so happy!
I’m really trying to have this type of summer but my seven year old is sooo resistant. I love the idea that it’s a frame of mind more than an activity. I need to embrace that and inject more enthusiasm into our lives I think. I’d better go check out The Abundant Mama!
Haha, I have so much fun stuff in store for me! We haven’t yet run up a lot of resistance (excluding the stubborn toddler years, of course 🙂 but sounds like it’s on the horizon! 🙂 Good luck!
We’ve been rushing around madly trying to finish school, the garden, and so forth. I’m tired of living fast, but recently I read a wonderful post about active contentment and seeing the poetry in pots and pans. I think that’s what a slow summer means to me, but I’m going to use some of your ideas for my older kids, too.
Here’s the link to that post: http://journey-and-destination.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/gk-chesterton-contentment_9.html
I really really love this idea! My daughter, almost 2, will eat some of this up…but she oddly doesn’t like popsicles. What kind of child doesn’t like popsicles, haha!
What gorgeous photography & great ideas!
Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth! Great linkup!
Great ideas. Love the celebration and taking it slow. The outdoors fort sounds great! Thanks for linking up 🙂
Thanks, Keri! Hoping over to your blog now!