In summers past, we’ve done “letter of the day” and followed special themes: colors, shapes, animals, etc. – which meant that the children had a blast going from one project or activity to the next, and the exhausted mama was left with lots of odds and ends to pick up and put away.
I’ve gotten smarter. This summer I’m giving us an entire week to do some sort of activity, recipe, field trip, and art project that centers around a common theme. This means that we’ll have lots of time in between Mama-directed activities to become bored, which is when the true creative play happens!
Today we started Nature Week with a scavenger hunt in the backyard. On our concrete slab, I drew boxes for colors, feathers, rocks, sticks, bugs, and weeds – giving quantities for some of them. (For weeds, I just wrote “lots.”)
The baby went on his own nature hunt off of the quilt.
The kids had a great time finding the different items – but we didn’t have enough flowers in bloom to make good use of the color boxes. I wasn’t planning on them finding bits of plastic junk to put in the boxes, but it was a good way to clean up the yard!
With three children finding items, the whole hunt was over within 15 minutes – and then they were happy to play on their own again – finding more bugs, picking more flowers, and my eldest heading back inside.