I don’t know about you, but celebrating the end of the school year/kick-off to summer is as much fun for me as it is for the kiddos! I’m ready to set Common Core on a back burner and enjoy some much needed time with our family.
An awesome way to say goodbye to school and hello to summer is a SUMMER FUN basket! And, if you have multiple little ones (like me), your local dollar store is the place to go! I’m pretty pumped with what I found this year….check it out!
Each kiddo ended up with the same 9 items as their siblings (less arguing this way), and in their favorite color to make it easy.
Here’s what our baskets consist of:
- basket (which you can also zip-tie onto the front of their bike…bam!)
- a kite
- jump rope
- bubble wand
- pack of glow bracelets
- bug catcher
- magnifying glass
- bouncy ball that lights up
- a freezer cup for their cold water
Dollar stores are awesome for having a huge assortment of toys. I had an “outdoor” theme in mind, but your basket can be anything from outdoor, coloring, water-play, etc. I usually steer away from their water-guns…I grab those at Walmart.
After I was satisfied with my goodies, I simply arranged everything in their baskets.
I thought it would be fun to make a little “gift tag” for them (didn’t want anyone grabbing the wrong basket). I printed those off and hand wrote their names on them. Then, I just taped them onto popsicle sticks and then onto the baskets.
But I couldn’t stop there…I mean they have to have an edible treat while they rummage through their goods right?? To me, nothing says “hello summer” like ice cream! I made up a tray of Oreo ice cream cookie sandwiches to give the kids while they look through their baskets. It’s a nice treat that’s a perfect portion size for little ones (and they are incredibly easy to make!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Oreo cookies (however many you want to make)
- Ice cream (any flavor – I used Cookies & Cream)
Simply twist open your cookie, place a tablespoon of ice cream on one half and top. Place them on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes (does it get any easier?) I keep any extra’s in a Ziploc bag.
The last thing I love to do is create a Summer Bucket List! You can either make your own or find plenty on Pinterest. These are always a hit with my kids. We keep it on the fridge the whole season and take pictures doing the different things. I like to put our pictures together at the end of the season to remember this time with them. As a mom with my oldest already about to finish his first year in college, I know how quickly these moments pass. Taking the time to make memories is so important to me…and I know my kids love all the activities as well, and I’m sure your family will too!
Have a safe and memorable summer!
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