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mkobarski

School is out - What to do now?

School ends in one week. I have 4 children  ages ranging from 9 to 4, two boys and two girls.  Trying to find things to do with them this year is stressing me out already.  I really want to incorporate some type of learning for them and have fun, inexpensive fun.  Any ideas?

Klein

 



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Raeann

I really like familyfun.com. It gives lots of great ideas. You could also try and find a playgroup in your area and join for the summer. I know in my moms group we have some that can only do things at certain times. We don't mind. It is there for you and then have things planned to do. Good luck and enjoy your summer.

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mom2c1

In our area the churches do week long vbs (vacation Bible school) programs that are half day, usually lots of fun and free!

Hilery

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livingh2o1994

Go letterboxing!!!! If you have never heard of it just do a search in your area, example: letterboxing in Connecticut - then hit search - just put your states name and town. It gets the kids outdoors, exercise, discover nature, learn to read and understand maps and they use a compass sometimes.

Basically you go on a "treasure" hunt.

I have gone on LBNA's website (letter boxing of north america) But its ALL over the world!!!! It's soooo much fun - and most maps will let you know if its child friendly and the rating of difficulty.  Usually if it doesn't say anything -its for all ages.

Hope this helps!!! And have fun:)

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Jothegrill

Is letterboxing the same thing as geocaching? If it is, then it is a LOT of fun. For Geocaching you need a GPS but other than that it's free. 

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brwngolady
I am homeschooling my girls over the summer, they are 12 month kids in a 9 month system.  We have one theme per week and we do activities related to the theme.  We also read and do school type work too.    Check with your library they may have a summer reading program you can also incorporate in your plans.  Dollar stores are good places to look for materials, as well as a charity resale store.  I made a donation to a resale store this week and while I was there found several board games for $.75 to $2.00 each--score! Sideline to visiting inexpensive stores is giving each child a couple of dollars and have them budget their money. They buy what they want as long as they stay within budget.    Here are some websites with activities that can help. These are all free sites and the links are good.   www.Learningpage.com  It is a free site, but you have to sign up and they send an email about once a month. They have "funsheets" galore, including beginning writing and numbers, fact cards, puzzles and review sheets. They also have about 30 free books, including one  my girls really like where you can mix up animal parts to get different animals.  I have one in book form and another cut up as a puzzle.  For preschool/kindergarten to grade 3.   www.crayola.com  lots of coloring and crafts   http://www.mrsjonesroom.com/teachers/minibooks.html  I found this one recently and I am still exploring it. It has free mini book links.    http://www.highlightskids.com/  puzzles, stories, science experiments, all kinds of stuff    http://www.dltk-kids.com/   http://www.dltk-teach.com/   http://www.dltk-cards.com/     These are related. They have lots of stuff. This last one can print kids writing paper for a theme with the divided lines   http://www.educationalpress.org/#PickWorksheetType  you can pick premade worksheets to trace words or make one of your own.  My daughter's kindergarten teacher likes this one. I found it by accident.   http://66.113.195.73/  Like the last one, but does not offer as much versatility.  Great for repetition.   http://www.uptoten.com/ has online games   www.nickjr.com  games and printable   www.noggin.com   online games and printable   http://family.go.com/  arts and crafts, parenting stuff   http://kids.discovery.com/  on line games   www.warnerbros.com   They have games and stuff.    http://www.kaboose.com/    printables etc   http://www.bry-backmanor.org/index.html   printables etc   www.craftbits.com    artsy craftsy stuff   www.michaels.com  have all kinds of artsy craftsy stuff   www.onebillionmazes.com/?t=919990 has one billion mazes that you can print.   Other Activities:   Make your own books, ex take pictures of signs around town or cut from magazines and create a book. kids write their own text.   Make a memory game based on weeks theme.   Have a cheap theme party, such as a dirt and water party.  They can plant seeds, do water experiments, make bubbles, and have a dirt snack (that cake thing that looks like dirt) and a liquid beverage. Social event and cheap to do.   Go on a bug safari.   Our themes this summer include:   Signs plants and seeds water stars pets 4th of July Foriegn week, 1 country each day, we are going to celebrate Bastille Day, Autrallia, Japan, Mexico and Canada. bugs the body  Dinosaurs Castles Back to School

 

books "I Get Wet" by Vicki Cobb

"Prime Time Together…with kids Creative Ideas, Activities, Games and Projects: by Donna Erickson

The Williamson Little Hands series...lots of books with ideas to choose from.

Great Big Book of Children's Games, by Derba Wise ...has games for children 3 to 14.

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Jothegrill

We went on a very long walk this morning (a little over 2 miles total.) We walked from our house to the nearest craft store and then to a bread store. We got a $1 craft kit and did it on a nice bench in the shade. Then we bought a big cinnimon roll at the bread store and split it. It was lots of fun and very inexpensive. On our walk we went past some historic homes too and so we talked about them. I did a lot of listening though, and that part was very educational. 

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happy

hello  I have 3 children  ages 7 6 and 3   two girls and a baby boy. I t is hard for my baby boy because he wants to play  with his sisters but his sisters want to play with dolls  and he has no one to play trains with. What I do is have them pick an activity for a day that way they feel important and my baby boy gets to play  trains  or what ever he wants to do on his day  .                             happy.

 

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erica

I HAVE AN 8 MONTH OLD, A TWO YEAR OLD, 5 YR. OLD, 9 YR. OLD, 13 GOING ON 30, AND AN IMMATURE 15 YEAR OLD. WHAT CAN I DO, THAT KEEPS THEM INVOLVED AND DOESN'T DRIVE ME CRAZY IN THE LONG RUN. (NOT TO MENTION EVERYTHING INVOLVING FAMILY IS SOOO UNCOOL TO THE OLDER TWO) 

SO FAR WE HAVENT DONE ANYTHING... KEEP ME POSTED IF YOU GET ANY IDEAS.

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nanlisa

My last summer vacation from school was the summer of '74. It was the height of the Watergate scandal, with Nixon facing impeachment (but of course, he ended up resigning), and the start of the disco era.

Since I grew up in the 60's and 70's, my summer vacations were typical of any child. I'd go swimming, go out and play with my girlfriends, babysat my handicapped brother, go to the mall, go visit relatives, take short trips with my family, as well as listen to the latest tunes on the radio.  And since it's now exactly 40 years since the so-called Summer of Love (1967), it was nothing but another ordinary summer vacation from school.

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mumof3

Hi Klein,

 

There are so many things you can do with your children and the few years fly by so enjoy them while you have them. You'll all enjoy looking back and remembering the fun days you all had together.

 

When my children were young I didn't drive so I had to rely on public transport to go places, but that never stopped us, neither did our very limited budget.

 

Three or four mornings a week we would get up early and have a big breakfast before packing our lunches into our backpacks and heading into town for the day. We would visit a museum, most have free entry, and then go sit in a park to have lunch, there are so many little parks with playgrounds where they can use up some of that energy. We usually packed a frisbee or little soft ball to play with in the park and needless to say it would all end with us relaxing in the sun to regain our energy before heading home again.

 

Do a project together about something you know they will be studying in the coming year, but don't mention why you chose that topic. Then when it comes to studying it in school they will be so pleased with themselves they will be beaming.

 

Have each of them plan a menu for during the week and then help you with the shopping and have the child set the table with a menu, placenames and homemade placemats on the day of their chosen meal.

 

Together arrange a surprise lunch for a guest or two, maybe grandparents or aunts/uncles and get them really involved in it all.

 

Do a big clearout and have a sale with the proceeds going to a charity of their choice, they can even ask some friends/relatives to contribute items for the sale.

 

We would often walk around the grounds of a college and then sit and watch people walking by trying to guess what we thought they were studying. Now my son is attending that same college and my daughter is hoping to go their too in a couple of years and they often talk about when we spent hours there years ago.

 

We had so much fun when they were young that I have started a website to share my ideas with others and so other people can share their ideas too.

Have a great summer together.

Mum of 3

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