I looked at my calendar today and realized something. In two short weeks, my kids will be out of school for the summer. Ack! My heart is racing. I can’t tell you if it’s because I’m excited or panicking. What are we going to do this summer? No one naps anymore and I can’t spend every waking hour at the pool (which is what the kids will want to do).
In February, many of my super organized friends were signing up their children for fabulous and amazing camps to attend all summer long. I’m not sure what I was doing in February, but I know I wasn’t signing them up for camps.
I remember that I looked at some of the brochures and I wasn’t that impressed with many of them and, in fact, I was a bit horrified by a few. There was actually a camp where my child could build with Legos for 3 hours a day for a mere $150. That’s when I realized I could do many of these “camps” at home with little or no expense.
1. Lego Camp – (free) – We have a bazillion (yes, that’s an accurate number) of Legos in our house. They are in bins, buckets and baskets spread out over 3 levels of our home. They are tucked between sofa cushions and behind dressers and under beds. All we need to do is round up all of these wayward Legos, pull out the instructions of how to build whatever Star Wars contraption we want and get building.
2. Art Camp – ($50 tops) – Adolpha wanted to attend art camp and when I saw it cost $200 plus supplies, I convinced her I could do better. I have a craft room/art studio in the basement that is chock full of supplies. Every day can be something different: acrylics, watercolors, pinch pots, Modge Podge. I might need to buy new paint brushes when she’s done mangling mine, but that will be a fair trade for all of the beautiful “art” she’s going to give me.
3. Sports Camp – (free) – Gomer wanted to go to Soccer Camp, but it was several hundred dollars. I bought some cheap cones and I’m going to set up my own drills in the backyard for him to do. We have a net where he can practice shooting goals. Since her broken arm experience, Adolpha has decided she no longer wants to play soccer. She’ll most likely jump rope and swing during “Sports Camp.”
4. Creative Writing Camp - (priceless) – This is my own invention. This summer I need to get a lot of writing done and I need the kids to give me some quiet time to write. Gomer and Adolpha both enjoy writing and drawing, so I’m going to have them write their own books. They’ll journal each morning and work on their books. (Gomer will have more direction than Adolpha since he can actually write.) At the end of the summer, I’d like them to have a finished product they can self-publish and keep.
5. Couch Camp – (really priceless) – This was Adolpha’s idea. She was a bit overwhelmed by all of the “camps” I was planning and really thought she’d need a break. She also realized that Daddy wasn’t very involved with the camps and she didn’t want to leave him out. She thought he’d be the perfect director for a week long “Couch Camp.” Couch Camp involves cuddling with Daddy on the couch and watching movies while Mommy works. I think Couch Camp should last 2 weeks.
What about you? What are your plans for the summer? I have more weeks to fill with “camps,” do you have any ideas for me?
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