Well, so far, we are doing pretty well with our summer activities! And we're so busy that I'm behind on posting about it all!
Plus the workbooks and activity sheets we occasionally do. Anthony asks to do his "homework" almost daily.
We started out summer with a visit to Hobby Lobby for supplies. I let each kid pick out a craft. Katie colored a wooden unicorn, Ellie chose scratch art cross-shaped bookmarks, and Anthony got a foam top hat to paint. Right in line with their personalities.
We also made some designs with perler beads, which can be frustrating for little fingers sometimes.
Ellie had wanted to make kites ever since we last flew our stor-ebought kites, so we tried our hand at making some with tissue paper and bamboo skewers.
More importantly, it was fun.
Then we made silly bird marionettes, and the kids set up a show for me.
It was a cool project, but I did most of the construction and spent the next few days constantly untangling those darn things.
We made god's eyes with popsicle sticks and yarn. Also not easy for littles, but they sure tried!
Here's mine. Ellie uses it as a bookmark now.
June 24 was flag day. We made some patriotic wind socks. They have stayed up even past the 4th of July!
For our next project, we recycled our kites into paper pulp and mixed it with papier mache glue...
... Which we then molded onto bowls to make our own paper bowls. We have yet to paint them.
We did, however, paint our papier mache globe, in preparation for the next week.
Of course not all crafts went according to plan. We tried glue batik painting, and it didn't work for us, mainly because it didn't hold their interest.
Also, we did no crafts during VBS week, but that was ok. We did plenty of other things along with our planned activities:
Swim with friends
Bake cookies for Paul.
Play Legos (a rare moment of quiet!).
Eat cake (and BBQ!)
So far, our summer is off to a great start. Hopefully we can keep our momentum going!