Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Our Summer Fun Jar

Last year, Cocoa from Chocolate On My Cranium shared a really fun way her family keeps the "I'm bored" monster at bay during the summer months. She reposted it again this week with a fantastic list of ideas and tutorials to keep your kids busy and a cute craft idea to keep it all organized. Because we are in the midst of a big move, I won't have the resources to do too much, but for FHE last night we came up with an idea that will work for our family...our Summer Fun Jar.


First, we came up with a list of activities that the kids love to do...some cost money, some don't. Then today they helped me type them up and place them in a big biscuit jar. And because we believe that kids should have responsibilities (as well as a reminder to be kind), the big kids each have a list of goals. If they meet their goals for the day and are kind to each other, after dinner we will pick an activity to do the next day. I really think this will work for or family, even when we're spending a few weeks in a hotel before and after the move.

Do you have any ideas on how to organize Summer fun at your house??

8 comments:

Liz said...

Love it! Have to remember that for when our life calms down a little!!! Thanks for the phone call... you're a great friend!

Jessica said...

I love it! What a great idea!

My strategy is fatigue and naps. I have 4-5 moring activities that wear them out, then naps in the afternoon. Naps won't work forever, so this is great!

kathleener said...

cute idea! i usually follow jessica's plan of fatigue and naps--and i like to keep a list of what's going on around town that week handy just in case i need back up if one thing falls through.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Amber~
This is such a great idea! I love it! :) And it's so cute how you decorated the glass jar, too! You are always so creative! :)

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Fun! I like the get work done first concept too.

Jeni said...

How fun and it's a summer decoration too. Thanks for sharing!

Scott and Nicole said...

We also make a list of things to do for the summer. It's fun to plan it out and also have something to work towards.

Shawna B. said...

I love this! We have done something similar in the past and the kids loved it. There's just something special about pulling a paper out of a jar - the anticipation is as fun as what's on the paper! I bet this will help with all the moving chaos. Good luck with all of it!