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60 days of Summer Fun w/ Printable Cards!

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This last month I have been busy working to get ahead on some projects and get some fun things planned for my family for when we first move! We are moving this week,  4 hours away, to an area where we basically know nobody.  So, I wanted a fun activity to start with my boys and do throughout the summer as we meet new people!

We’ve had lots of fun with our past summer activities, but I wanted to try a new way of choosing them this year.  Especially, where my boys are getting older and are going to be able to be a little bit more hands on with activities!

This idea is similar to Lisa’s Summer Jar idea, but I wanted to make it a little brighter and also divide our activities into areas!

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The first thing I did is take the large popsicle sticks gave them the dipped paint look to the ends.  I attempted to get my boys to help me, but they moved onto painting rocks pretty quick.  And, honestly, I was fine with that!  I can be a little anal in how I like things to look!  I have assigned each type of activity a different color:

ORANGE= Art, Activity or Craft
PURPLE= Cooking
GREEN= Field Trip (Museum, Zoo, Etc)
BLUE= Water Activity
YELLOW=  Science Experiment

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After I painted the sticks I wrote the numbers on the bottom of the sticks.  Make sure when you number the sticks you match the number you write on the stick to the right colored stick that numbers match what are on the printable cards… so for example numbers 1 through 12 need to be written on the Orange sticks!  I  also designed  printable cards with all the ideas I came up with.  Some of them have Northern Utah (Salt Lake and Utah Counties) specific places to go.  So, for that reason  I am also offering a blank version of the cards, so that you can customize them to your ideas and your location.  You can either import them into Photoshop to type the locations on the cards or you can just write on them with a marker.  Feel free to download both sets and use some of my printed cards and fill in with your customized cards!  

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How it works:  Each Sunday we’ll choose 5 popsicle sticks – one of each color.  We then find the coordinating cards to see what the activity is.   I then take my schedule and the weeks upcoming weather into consideration and we plan what day we are going to what activity!  So, some weeks we will have our cooking day be Monday and other weeks it may be Thursday!

Here are the activities that I came up with.  I have linked each idea to the source!

Art, Activity or Craft:

Pool Noodle Marble Run: I’m going to have to build a couple of these, cause I have a feeling that they’ll be used throughout the whole summer!

Homemade Puffy Paint

Make New Play Dough – if you want to be nice you can have a new play set for them to use this day too!  icon wink 60 days of Summer Fun w/ Printable Cards!

Design a Shirt:  A few months ago my husband had a picture my son, Nathan, drew printed on a shirt as a surprise for him.  Nathan of course loved it, but had one complaint – “Where’s a shirt for me?”  haha icon smile 60 days of Summer Fun w/ Printable Cards!  So, I thought it would be fun to let them design a shirt and get it printed for them through Cafepress.com.  Depending on the shirt quality you choose it will cost you $15+ per shirt with shipping.  To help the kids understand that this is a “big” activity, I am going to include some chores on this day that they do to help pay for it.

Spray Chalk: My boys like anything in a spray bottle – so I know this will keep them entertained for a while!  Be sure and look for spray bottles ahead of time at the dollar store!  That way you can have several bottles ready and mixed!    

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder:  Time to start saving the toilet paper rolls!  How fun will this little activity be?  Plus, it’s not too time consuming.  So, this will be a great activity to squeeze in there on a busier day!  

Build a Blanket Fort: Gather those blankets and books and make a family blanket fort!  This animated tutorial over at WikiHow is cracking me up!   

Nature or City Scavenger Hunts: Find a free printable for both the Nature Scavenger Hunt and City Scavenger Hunt over at No Wooden Spoons!

Shaving Cream Art

Egg Carton Bugs:  I loved these tutorials from Ginger Snap Crafts when I first saw them last year, but with Dylan being a brand new baby we never got around to making them last summer!  So, I’m excited for my boys to get to do them this year!

Milk Jug Ball Catcher:  The great thing about these Milk Jug Ball Catcher is that even after the day we do this activity I know the kids will get these out and play with them again and again!   Check out this tutorial from Lakeshore!

Ice Excavation: We’ve done this activity a lot, but my boys never tire of it!  My advice – freeze twice as many cups and bowls as you originally planned!  They like to use different tools with each block!  

 

Cooking:

Gummy Bear Popsicles from The DIY Queen

Chocolate Chip Cookies (My kids favorite)!

GORP

Oreo Rice Kripsy Treats from Food Sweet

Personal Pizza’s

Mini Puffy Oven Pancakes – my kids will love this, because they LOVE cracking eggs! To make them mini, we just put the batter in cupcake pans and cook them the same way!

Dirt Cups – I’m going to use this recipe for Dirt Cake, but make them into cups instead!

No Bake Cookies

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs – My boys will love assembling these!

Pineapple Meatballs – My kids prefer eating meatballs with their spaghetti, so I figured why not stock my freezer with some meatballs with the kiddos help!   Plus, they’ll love getting their hands dirty!

Vanilla Ice Cream – We just got a new ice-cream maker, so we are going to try this Vanilla recipe.  If you are needing a good recipe that doesn’t require an ice-cream maker, then try Lisa’s 4 ingredient Raspberry Shortcake Icecream recipe!  It’s amazing!

Sugar Cookies – My boys love making sugar cookies!  Me on the other hand – they’re not my favorite!  But, I can’t resist adding them to my list, because the boys love using all the fun cookie cutters!

 

Field Trip:

This list only includes places in Salt Lake and Utah County, Utah.  I am also including a printable set of blank cards, so you can customize your own Field Trip cards!

This is the Place Heritage Park 

The Living Planet Aquarium

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Natural History Museum of Utah

Thanksgiving Point Dinosaur Museum of Ancient Life/Thanksgiving Point Farm Country

Thanksgiving Point Museum of Natural Curiosity

Visit the Local Firestation (Call ahead and schedule a time!  Be sure to invite friends!)

Great Harvest Bread Co. – Call ahead to make an appointment!  They let the kids shape their own dough and take a tour where they teach them how they make bread!

The Peppermint Place Candy Shop

BYU Creamery

Temple Square

Visit a Farmers Market – location will vary each month.  Google your area to find a nearby location.

 

Water Activity:

Some of the activities below are specific to our area, but some are activities you can do at your home!  So, if you are outside Northern Utah you will want to edit and print some of the blank cards to make them specific to your area!

Water Balloon Day of Fun:  This amazing post from Learn, Play, Imagine is sure to be a day remembered by my boys!  I’m even excited about it!  

Swim at a New Pool

Cowabunga Bay

Manila Creek Pond & Beach

Herriman Beach / Blackridge Reservoir  

Go for a Hike that ends with a water hole or waterfall – (I’m thinking Donut Falls or the Grotto hike, because I have young kids)

Visit a new Splash Pad

Water Ballon Piñatas – My kids are going to LOVE this!!

Nighttime Swimming w/ Glow Sticks

Rainbow Ice Outside Painting and Outside Pool to wash off after!

Jump on the tramp w/ Ice and a Sprinkler 

Giant Outdoor Waterbed

 

Science Project:

Glowing Ice and Salt Science

Rain Clouds and Tornado in a Bottle:  I’m hoping I can some how convince the boys to pull this stick on a rainy day!  It just would be lots more appropriate and fun to look out the window and compare!  

Ivory Soap Experiment:  Most of you know this science experiment, but believe it or not I haven’t done it yet with my kids!  I thought this year it was time to try it!  Bern over at Mom to 2 Posh Diva’s has a great site with lots of kids activities!  

Glow in the Dark Water & Water Beads: Learn, Play, Imagine shared some great ideas for Glow in the Dark activities and I decided this would be the one we tried this summer!  I wouldn’t be shocked if this became a regular activity they requested though!  They’ll love this!

Mentos Diet Coke Geyser

Oil, Water and Food Coloring Experiment

Ice Fizzing Letters: I am excited about this one, because it will allow another opportunity to practice letters with Jeffrey in the summer and work on spelling sight words with Nathan!  Plus, after that they will still get to do a fun activity!

Homemade Flubber

Dinosaur Land w/ Fizzy Mud:  This would keep my dirty boys happy for a few hours – that’s for sure!  

Make a Volcano

Observing Convection

Does it Dissolve?

 

I have also included a couple SILVER sticks in the bunch!  They are special activities, that I will announce to my boys that they get to pick on special occasions!  For example, when Grandma comes into town or  a week that Dad can take a day off!

Silver Stick Activities:

Lagoon

Bridal Veil Falls

Seven Peaks

Hogle Zoo

 

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On the cards it either lists a URL that links you to a post of ours, a field trips locations website or a link that forwards you onto the website that gives you a full tutorial (because standard URL’s are so long, I created a shorter link that automatically forwards you onto the authors website).   The above list does link and sometimes gives a description of the activity or place.  

Download the printable cards below:

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Also, here is the link to the 60 days of Summer Fun Vinyl that I put on my little bucket available for you that have a Cricut Explore!  Thanks to Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas for helping me get this cut, cause I had already packed my Cricut Explore when I went to make this!  
 
Looking for other summer themed ideas-  check out: Summer Fun Calendars, Summer Chore Charts, What We Do in the Summertime and Summer To-Do Lists

I hope this helps you get organized for a fun filled summer!  I know I’m excited to get started!  Have a great weekend!

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Pam Dana

Author and Co-Owner of Over the Big Moon since 2011. I love having a place to share the things that I am most passionate about - motherhood, being a wife and making a home! I am married to my husband, Scott, and we have 3 beautiful children and together they are my world! I also enjoy reading, crafting and catching up on TV shows (usually with a computer in my lap)!
  • Cheryl

    Great job, Pam! That was a lot of work!

  • Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater!

    I absolutely love this! It’s so hard to plan what to do all summer so the kids don’t get bored!

  • Laura Muir

    This is amazing!! I am loving this! I’m so glad crafty mom’s like you have this all figured out for me!! lol!
    ~Laura

  • Mary Catherine

    Wow, what an amazing list of ideas for the summer!! Thanks so much for including me here. I can’t wait to check out the rest of the suggestions.

  • jane

    Impressed but I am unable to download the cards :(

    • http://www.overthebigmoon.com/ Pam from Over the Big Moon

      Jane – I just checked all the links and they are working for me and I’ve had no other complaints. If you want to email me at pam@overthebigmoon.com – I’d be happy to send them to you. Thanks!

  • toodledoo

    I like this but I think I might divide them based upon the amount of time required. I could let them choose based upon the amount of free time we have. For example, a bathtub water activity might take 30 minutes, but for an outdoor water activity I need another 30 minutes to clean up the kitchen after they walk through the house dripping wet!

  • Lindsy

    Pam – are you moving to the SLC area? If so we should get together! Let me know! Or, I’ll be down your way next week with baby for work, and I’d love to see you!

    • http://www.overthebigmoon.com/ Pam from Over the Big Moon

      Yes Lindsy! We’re moving to Saratoga area! We’ll be moving up there this weekend, text me and let’s get together in the next couple weeks!!

      • Lindsy

        YAY!!! That is the best news I’ve heard in a while! I lost your number a long while ago when my old phone died, so text me if you still have my number. If you need help this weekend let us know! We’d be happy to come help! I’m excited to catch up!

        • http://www.overthebigmoon.com/ Pam from Over the Big Moon

          Lindsy- I tried calling and texting and didn’t get a reply. Do you have the same #? If not email me at pam@overthebigmoon.com and I’ll shoot you my #!

  • Katie

    thanks for the flubber science experiment share! we love playing with flubber at our place :) katie @ livecrafteat.com

  • Jamie Beutler

    Oh my gosh!! This is going to save my hubby’s bacon this summer. On the days that I work, he was getting a little stressed about how to come up with activities :) Thank sooooooo much for sharing :) Yay!

  • http://www.HobbytoHOT.com/ Bonnie Andrews {Hobby to HOT!}

    Oh my goodness Pam, I LOVE this!! Thank you for taking the pressure off my summer!

  • Homeschool Antics

    I just found that you linked over to my bird feeder blog post! Thank you! I can’t wait to check out some of these other activities you have listed. I know we’re going to find some keepers ;)

  • Andrea

    LOVE this, what amazing activities you have gathered! Good luck on your move!!

  • Allison Sonnier

    Thank you so much for including so many of our ideas!

  • Carol

    I love this! Thank you for the downloads! I changed my gray ones ( and added some) to services that we could do for others. Just another idea. Thanks again!

  • Annalisa

    I keep coming back to this and I really want to do it. I’m impressed Pam, you are amazing. This was a lot of work! I love it and I’m going to make it work for us!!!

  • Michele

    Many thanks for this. You put together a well thought out an organized way to spend the summer. Hope you and your family have a great summer…!!!

  • Sarah Wehkamp

    LOVE these ideas! I like the comment about breaking them into time sections. And the other commenter who mentioned service projects. I think we’re going to do water balloon day of fun today!