Regardless if your kids have one more week of summer vacation or you’re like us and don’t start until after Labor Day, you still have plenty of time to savor summer with your child.
Check out the books below along with their inspired activity to help you and your kids connect before the air starts to turn cooler and we say goodbye to another summer.
Like a perfect wine pairing, I discovered a magnificent compliment to sitting on the back deck with children while waiting to spot fireflies. It’s a Popsicle! and I know…it’s sugar before bed and it’s sticky drips on PJ’s but let that go and (because it’s the end of summer!!!) choose to enjoy this magical gift from nature.
Camping in the backyard is a way to satisfy a childhood summer staple without the pressure of a weekend away, a car ride, public bathrooms, unreliable weather conditions, and all of the other less than wonderful aspects that I remember from “real” camping. I hope to give my kids the full experience of “real” camping a few years from now but in the mean time, we love to bring blankets and pillows to the backyard, roast marshmallows in our fire pit, play with flashlights, stare at the stars and then hightail it back into the house after a G rated ghost story to end the evening.
A peaceful family walk in the summer, after dinner, after the kids are bathed, can be a magical experience. The setting sun creates a sparkle, the birds and bug noises are quite different than what kids are used to hearing throughout the day, and if you’re lucky the temperatures may be comfortable.