By Amanda Morgan- Not Just Cute
Before too long, the school doors will fly open and our children will pour out, bubbling over with the excitement of summer vacation. Here are a few ideas for kicking off the start of this highly anticipated time of year.
Roll Out the Welcome Mat
Welcome your kids home from school and into summer with some extra flair. Use chalk to make a welcome sign in your driveway or leave a trail of “Summer Ahead” notes and arrows along the sidewalk leading to your door. Set out the chalk and get your kids into the drawing as they arrive.
You can also dress up your entry to make it a bit more celebratory by stretching crepe paper (a la Secrets of a Super Mommy) or a butcher paper sign across your doorway for your kids to break through like the home football team taking the field.
Take a Surprise Detour
If you pick your kids up from school, you can surprise them with a detour for a special treat. Swing by the park, drive through for some milkshakes, or pull in for a plunge in the local swimming pool. Play up the suspense by pretending even you aren’t sure where you’re going to end up!
Let the Games Begin
Prepare a surprise celebration in your own back yard! Set out a bucket of water balloons and kick off summer vacation with a water fight. Create a huge backyard art studio by hanging a sheet or canvas on your fence like Jean at the Artful Parent . Pick up a pinata or set up a fun obstacle course. Coordinate with neighbors and have a traveling party with one activity in each yard. Cap off the special day with a BBQ or S’mores.
Whether it’s one little thing or a big celebration, making the last day of school a special day will bring out the smiles and make memories for your whole family.
Amanda Morgan is a full time mom to three busy boys and a part-time trainer and consultant for a non-profit children's organization. She also writes at Not Just Cute, a blog focused on intentional whole child development. It's full of ideas that are more than just cute, for preschoolers who are much more than cute too.