Whether you’re a stay at home mom, working mom, or single mom, we all want to engage our children with books, crafts, games, cooking and service every month. But researching and planning can take time. Time often taken up with dishes, laundry, and carpooling. Don’t let these fun activities and events pass you by. Take a half hour to sit down with your calendar and plan what will work with your schedule. Try doing this a week before the month so you can gather books and other supplies you might need. You don’t have to do it all, but pick things that you think your family will enjoy. Have fun!!
Week of June 1st– 5th
Family Project: Treasure!
As summer begins you may have a bit more time on your hands. There’s nothing better than a family project to work on throughout the month to keep the troops working together and ward off boredom. Put together a letter treasure book for older kids, for younger kids find things that start with each letter of the alphabet.
Read Fishing Books and Play Games
Adventures with Jonny: Let’s Go Fishing by Michael DiLorenzo; Wishing I Was Fishing by Eva Wells; Trout, Trout, Trout:! A Fish Chant by April Pulley Sayre; Granddad’s Fishing Buddy by by Mary Quigley and Stephane Jorisch.
This is a great website for fun games for the big kids.
June 5th: Free Fishing Day
If you’re looking for a fun activity that’s close to home and doesn’t cost much, mark June 5th on your calendar. You won’t need a fishing license to fish in the state that day. Make plans now to get out with your family and enjoy a free day of fishing. These are great ideas for free sessions and where to fish.
Week of 6th– 12th
Family Summer Reading
Stay on top of summer reading by keeping the kids motivated. Barnes and Noble and Borders have fun summer programs that offer a free book. You can also try your hand at an at home reading chart with a special reward at the end of the summer. Make it fun by reading under a tree, in a hammock, or up the canyon.
Service Project: Decorations for the Christmas Box House
The Christmas Box House provides shelter for abused or neglected children. Help cheer them up by providing decorations to hang in hallways and rooms of the kids. Contact Sherri Engar firstname.lastname@example.org or 801.886.1113 for more information.
June 11th and 12th: Culture Night- Scottish Festival/Highland Games @ Thanksgiving Point
Experience the rich culture and traditions of Scotland with the 36th Annual Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Scotland’s rich heritage of dance with all its energetic flair and precise movement is a major focus this year. Another centerpiece is competition in three major areas– Highland dancing, piping & drumming, and traditional Highland athletics. In addition, Scottish food, vendors and music are available, plus a variety of other activities & events to interest every family member. For prices and hours check thanksgiving point.
Week of June 13th– 19th
Fathers Day Craft: Decorate a Tie or Shirt
How much fun would it be to give dad a tie or shirt the kids made that he can where on his special day. Purchase a white tie or shirt and decorate it with fabric markers. Dad will be stylin’ and the kids will be excited to see their work of art being worn!
Read Books about Dads
Gather your little ones around and read these fun titles. My Dad, by Anthony Browne; A Perfect Father’s Day, by Eve bunting; and You Are My I love You, by Maryann Cusimano.
Family Fun: Celebrate National Outdoors Month
Beginning June 1, stop by any REI store or REI.com to pick up a kid’s adventure journal, filled with outdoor-related activities, games and stickers.
Stop by Customer Service to pick up a journal. Visit www.rei.com/family-adventure to print out family-friendly hikes and bike rides, learning games and ideas for getting outside.
Hike Donut Falls
Start off with an easy hike and amazing scenery. If needed bribe your kids with a treat at the top. It’s a tradition to eat donuts once you’ve made it to the top. Here are directions to donut falls.
For tips on hiking read below:
Hiking is one of the most popular and enjoyed outdoor activities for all ages. Children love the outdoors and they love to be active. Hiking provides a great deal of quality time with your children and also a wonderful place to teach them to love, enjoy and respect nature. Here are a couple tips to keep it fun:
- Start out with short hikes and slowly build up their conditioning and endurance. Hike are supposed to be fun, not forced and upsetting. Don’t expect them to go as far or as fast as you can. Five miles for any child is the maximum.
- Make sure they have the proper footwear. This is as important for them as it is for you. Nylon liner socks and a heavier sock are also a must to avoid getting blister.
- Leave plenty of time for your hike. Be prepared to stop often. Kids love to touch everything they see. Plan hikes near boulder fields, waterfalls, streams and other attractions to keep them interested and to build their anticipation. Take time to identify things along the way. Look for wildlife. Teach your children to explore and touch…not to destroy or collect. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures for their scrapbook.
- Teach them good outdoor ethics and to respect nature and other people. Stay on the trail and don’t allow them to take shortcuts. No yelling or loud noises. Don’t throw rocks or break tree branches. Don’t pick flowers or write on rocks. No running on the trails. Respect other hikers space. No littering. Remember–pack in, pack out.
- Keep kids away from steep cliffs and other drop off areas. Watch them closely when climbing on rocks and around water.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks.
- Don’t forget the first aid kit for those unexpected accidents.
- Infants can be carried in a baby backpack.
- Engage your child’s mind and body. Make the hike fun. Sing songs. Identify items. Play games such as I Spy, twenty questions or cloud pictures etc. Have a scavenger hunt. See if your kids can find a red leaf, acorn, pine cone, berry, feather, curved stick, caterpillar,, ladybug, ant and dandelion.
Week of June 20th– 26th
Summer craft: Make Summer Shirts
It’s a tradition in our family to make a summer shirt. This year try a tie dye shirt . The kids are sure to have a blast!
We also like to listen to music all summer long. The kids love to pick songs to be on their very own summer playlist. That means you may have to endure Disney Channel stars and Alvin and the ChipmunksJ
Game of the Month: Start A Grass Fight
Not a whole lot of explanation needs to go into this except just have fun, Mom, and get ready to run. Your kids will have a hay day running around with you!
Week of June 27th-30th
Family Cooking: Homemade Ice Cream
Celebrate National Dairy Month and make some homemade ice cream. Make sure everyone has a turn helping. Someone can be in charge of putting the ice and salt in, while another is crushing the oreos! Top off the night with a movie outside! This recipe is sure to be a hit.
Oreo Ice Cream
2 cups milk
1 ¾ cups sugar
½ tsp. salt
2 cups half and half
1 tbs. vanilla extract
4 cups whipping cream
Scald milk until bubbles form around edge of pan. Remove from heat. Add sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Stir in half and half, vanilla extract and whipping cream. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Pour mixture into ice cream canister and follow ice cream maker directions. Add crushed cookies into the semi-hardened ice cream.
Journaling for the Month
Ask your kids these fun questions to put in a scrapbook or journal. You’ll love looking back on the answers when they are older.
What songs does your child like to sing- or like to hear you sing?
What new skill has your child developed recently?
Make a list of your child’s favorite stuffed animals, jokes or riddles, and foods?
(from http://wondertime.go.com )