Summer Family Adventures
Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our July Summer Adventures. Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity. Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.
Week 5 Adventures!
Monday: Art Class. Handprint Art. From our Collection of Art, Cooking & Life Skills of On my Own Cards, the kids will follow the directions to create Handprint Hedgehogs.
Tuesday: Cooking with Math Time to make healthy cookies!. I’ll let the kids choose from one our sweet tooth picks on this weeks menu.
Wednesday: Sports Day– Since our move, we are on the quest to find a new martial arts school for our oldest and the other two would like to also try. Today they will all get a workout at the gym.
Thursday: Life Skill Discovery– Writing a Letter. Our oldest decided, after reading the first couple of Harry Potter Books, to write a letter to J.K. Rowling. So we asked each of our kids to choose their favorite author to write to and we will turn it into a fun life skill project. Check out this week’s posting on which authors were chosen.
Friday: Exploring Science. Exploring Science, we may head up to the local city and try out one the science museums today.
Blues Cafe or Museum!
With our recent move, and all the crazy that goes with a transition, sticking to our activity schedule was a challenge. So, we have some catching up to do on our Summer Wish List. This week we are going to try and head to a local museum and head to the Blue Cafe for our family adventures.
Summer Family Adventures
Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures. Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity. Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.
Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer
Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.
This week's daily challenge
Daily we ask the kids to:
Week 1 Adventures
Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper. It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.
Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.
Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.
Thursday: Sports Day– This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts. Today is also the oldest birthday!
Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help. However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.
Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked. We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit. We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.
Elements & Dragons Birthday Party
Elements and dragons, that’s the newest trend for our eight year old girl. On Friday she has a couple friends over to play games and celebrate. With dragons on my mind, I was able to come up with some adorable post card invitations and a couple creative games for the kids to play.
Blending elements and dragons, I created an adventure map with clues to locate the dragon’s treasure. Each path lead to a new element themed riddle. Each clue we sealed with a small bit of wax and a pressed a seal.
This little dragon seal was an affordable find on Amazon. For the paper, I saved time and purchased an inexpensive packet from Amazon. If you wish to create the appearance of old manuscript. Try using this method and check our video to see the kids in action.
- Soak your paper in 2 tablespoons coffee, tea or chocolate and 2 cups of water in a 9X11 baking dish. You can paint with a brush to ensure the stain blends to the paper or just allow it to soak for 5-10 mins.
- Remove the paper and place onto a paper towel blotting the excess water.
- Set the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the paper for 5-10mins. Or use a blow dryer on each side to dry.
- For extra aging, tear the edges before placing in the oven or afterwards burn a couple holes in the paper.
Elements Story Teller
A couple posts ago, I wrote about our date night story teller. For Sophia’s party I created a fun dragon/element version. The activities on this particular version are related to literacy and story elements. While one flap requests you to describe what’s inside a dragon’s egg another asks to how to capture a dragon. There are also a couple of movement prompts. Download here, have fun and enjoy this Elements Fortune Teller.
- To play ask your friend to pick an element. Spell that element or word moving the teller back and forth.
- Next, have them pick a number. Do the activity and then count that number again moving the teller back and forth for the number picked. Finally have them choose a triangle to open and read the activity. Repeat as often as you want.
Adventure Map Clues
Elements Fortune Teller