8 Ways To Soak Up the End of Summer

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I don't know about you, but once 4th of July hits I get a little bit sad.  To me, the 4th is the pinnacle of summer.  After the 4th the stores put up their back-to-school items and I might as well kiss summer goodbye.  But wait!  Even if school is just around the corner, we don't have to completely leave summer out to dry!  Here are a few ideas to make the most of the time we have left.

Girl-Loves-Summer

photo by my husband Charlie, founder of Give Bracelets.

1.  Have a dinner picnic

Just because Dad has to work doesn't mean he has to miss out on all the fun!  Pack up a picnic dinner and head out somewhere especially summer-y when he gets home from work.  {the community pool, a park, the river/lake/beach}

8 Ways to Soak Up the End of Summer ~www.thebettermom.com (NOT a bad link)

2.  Backyard campout

maybe you went camping this year and maybe you didn't, but a backyard campout can be fairly easy to pull off.  And you should probably make these frozen s'mores while you're at it.  Yum.

3.  Street/Sidewalk Painting Festival at a local park

Here's an article on how to make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

4.  Make Sharpie Tie-Dye shirts!

I've wanted to tie-dye with my kids forever, but haven't ever worked out the complex and messy tie dye details.  Enter Sharpie tie-dye!  Here are  10 Tips for Sharpie Tie-Dye that will help the project run smoothly.

5.  Create a Multi-Family Obstacle Course

Choose a day to meet some families at the park or have a few over.  Have each family bring one obstacle for the course.  Some great posts to get the creative juices flowing:

Olympic Games Obstacle Course, Pool Noodle Obstacle Course, Water Obstacle Course, Bike Obstacle Course

6.  Creative Outreach

My friend Juliza created a Facebook group for Tuesdays at the park.  Each Tuesday she plans a very fun purposeful activity for all of the kids to do together.  A few of the ideas listed here come from her great research and motivation.  (Her park days have included Sharpie Tie-Dye, the family obstacle course, and sidewalk painting festival, among others!)

What about inviting Christian and non-Christians and using this time to build friendships?

7.  Water fun day

squirt guns, water balloons, some cammo face paint, crazy sprinklers, slip'n'slides, water noodles

Invite a few friends and have everyone bring their fun water toys.  If you're really handy and have some time to put into it, make a PVC pipe car wash.  Or just stick with the more doable ideas.

8.  Glow stick fun

Host an evening barbeque and buy a bunch of glow sticks from the Dollar Tree.  Once dusk hits, try out some of these fun ideas (I seriously love glow sticks):

outdoor night time bowling, glow stick swimming, glowing stone hunt, glow stick hide and seek

Lastly:  I love clever ideas for having fun, but I'm also a huge fan of simplicity.  Please don't let these ideas pressure you.  Just because Pinterest makes the backyard campouts color-coordinated with cut-out name cards for each sleeping bag doesn't mean you have to!  A blanket and some sleeping bags will be just as fun for the kids.

What are you doing to make sure summer doesn't slip out quietly?

Blessings,

Christy, One Fun Mom

Christy Halsell

Christy lives at the beach, loves on five children, and drives a minivan with too much sand on the floor. Homeschooling mother by day, graphic designer by night, Christy writes about letting Jesus heal the hurts of life and adds snippets on tricks she's learned about running a family of seven.

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