Save Summer Memories with this FREE Printable

Monthly contributor post from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:

Save Your Kids' Favorite Summer Memories - free printable

Summer is ending.  School is starting.  I want to treasure all of our special moments from the summer . . . like the kids’ first trip to Niagara Falls, our annual Ice Cream Day, raising caterpillars into monarchs and my daughter learning to ride a bike.

Let’s think back on the best moments of our summer with the kids.  I love recording the fun things we did, hearing what the kids loved most and remembering our crazy outings (like 5 ice cream shops and 4 playgrounds in one day).  And incidentally, thinking back through all the fun causes me to focus less on the negatives of the summer like 12 days of fevers, vomiting and unpleasant dispositions (just keeping it real!).

filling out Summer Memories printable

To help you savor the best summer memories, I have a fun and free printable for your kids.  Have them fill it out and then save it {forever}.

Summer Memories - Free Printable

Click here to download:  SUMMER Memories Printable for Your Kids.

And incidentally, I think I will be filling one out for myself!

What was your favorite summertime memory?

 

Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

 

Cooking with Kids: Flip Flop Cookies

In honor of National Flip Flop Day, I found this idea for Flip Flop cookies over at Family Fun.  They are easy-to-make and a fun project to do with your kids!  We’ve made them for several birthdays and summer picnics.

You can pin this Flip Flop cookie recipe on Pinterest here.

Flip Flop Cookies Recipe

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Vienna Finger, Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies, or Nutter Butter Cookies
  • Frosting
  • Licorice (we used Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel)
  • Round candies (M&Ms, Skittles, etc.)
  • Food coloring
  • Knife
  • Sprinkles (if desired)

1)  Choose what color you want your flip flops to be frosted.  Use the food coloring and tint the frosting.  Spread the frosting on the cookies.  Add sprinkles (if desired).

2)  Cut licorice pieces between 1 – 1.5 inches.  Place two pieces in a V shape on each cookie.

3)  Add a round candy at the point of the V shape on the licorice.

Easy!

Setting Summer Goals With Your Kids (Includes FREE Printable)

Written by monthly contributor, Kristen of Celebrate Every Day with Me:

Setting Summer Goals with Your Kids - Free Printable

I am a huge goal-setter and list-maker.  I love having a plan and knowing where I am going . . . well, most of the time.  One thing I have never done, however, is write goals with my kids.

Being a big believer in letting kids be kids, I didn’t want to overwhelm them or go crazy with a long list of goals.  But since it is summer and we’ll enjoy so much freedom, I thought we’d work together to pick out 5 simple goals.  (I think my 6 year old son is ready for this, more so than my 4 year old daughter.  But she’ll want to do what her big brother does, of course.)

We will be setting goals in these areas:  intellectual, physical, spiritual and service, plus an extra learning quest for fun.

My Summer Goals..

Download the FREE Printable

Ideas for Intellectual Growth – read a certain number of books or amount of time each week.  Join a book club or sign up for your library’s reading program.  (In this post, I talk about inspiring young readers and share a list of reading programs to join.)

Ideas for Physical Growth – Hike two new parks this summer.  Explore three new playgrounds.  Ride bikes a certain number of miles.  Think about what active things your child likes to do and build upon that.

Ideas for Spiritual Growth – Memorize a verse or passage of Scripture.  Read an entire book of the Bible or read a certain amount each day.  This may be a good opportunity to encourage daily quiet times for older children.

Ideas for Service – Help a neighbor with yard work.  Pick a local organization and save money or collect cans of food.  Call a charity and see if they have any special needs that your children can help with.  Check out my ebook, Teach Me To Serve for more ideas.  (The book is intended for preschool age, but the ideas can go beyond.  Use code THANKFUL and get 50% off the pdf copy.)

Learning Quest Ideas – While this ties in with intellectual growth, encourage your child to pick something they would like to learn about this summer.  Maybe they are in to space, animals or geography.  Help them pick something that will be fun and educational.  Then, scout out any local museums, attractions or exhibits that will tie in with their theme.  Go to the library and get out a book on the subject.  Enjoy watching your child learn about what interests them.

kids goals

 

When setting goals with your kids, remember:  

Keep it simple.  Don’t overwhelm your child with a task that they can’t easily do.  We want them to enjoy setting goals, not be discouraged by them.

Be specific.  Help them write a goal that can be accomplished and recognized when completed.  Don’t write a goal like “ride bikes all summer.”  Give it more definition, such as “Ride bikes on the new trail through town.”

Have fun.  Write goals that are fun and not boring.  Be sure to celebrate their accomplishments.

Have a great summer!

 

Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

Magic Milk Paint Experiment for Kids

Monthly contributor post from Jenn at The Purposeful Mom:

magic milk paint

I found this fun idea on Pinterest some time ago and thought it would be something my kids would love! And indeed they did. Simple art, science and fun all rolled into one!

How to Make “Magic Milk Paint”

Items Needed:

  • Milk
  • Food coloring
  • Dish soap
  • Toothpick or bamboo skewer
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Pour your milk into a small dish with a lip. We used some Tupperware container lids and it prevented (most) spills. We used almond milk because it was nice and thick (the original called for whole milk). If you use skim milk the colors won’t be quite as spectacular.
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Add a variety of food coloring drops to your milk dish. Dip the “magic” toothpick into dish soap and let your kids tap it onto one of the food coloring drops. The soap will disrupt the surface (intelligent-sounding scientific term: reduce the surface tension) of the milk, pushing the color away from the toothpick.
Continue to dip, allowing the colors to swirl together.
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Pretty magical!
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Eventually the milk will turn a lovely blue-green color and then you can start all over again with fresh milk! Good times and fun for a rainy afternoon!

Jenn ThorsonJenn is a daughter of the King, happily married to her college sweetheart and mom to four wonderfully spunky children. She spends her time taking care of her home and family, coaching a speech team, blogging and dreaming up more ideas than there are hours in the day. She shares her thoughts on staying debt free, raising children of character and living a life of intentional faith one day at a time at The Purposeful Mom.

Jenn is also the author of God’s Word in My Heart: A Scripture Learning Guide with Memory Verses.