A Summer to RememberJaime Morrison Curtis
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Make Your Kid the Official Summer Photographer
Buy a kid-friendly digital camera or an old-school disposable and let them snap away. Have them document a vacation, picnic, or trip to the museum. Create a little album and leave it on the coffee table for your kid to show off.
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Snap a Summer Growth Collage
Plant some seeds in the yard or in a pot. Pole beans are easy veggies to grow and are super rewarding for kids to pick. Snap a photo of your kid standing in front of the area once a week all summer long and watch as the beans (and your kid!) grow.
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Build a Summer Time Capsule
Collect items from around the house — things youve found on walks in the neighborhood and artwork the kids made during the summer — then store it all in a waterproof container and bury it in the yard. Open it next summer when you plant the new one, or leave it there until your kids first summer home from college (which will come before you know it).
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Create a Summer Soundtrack
Make a playlist of you and your kiddos favorite songs and blast it often — especially during family dance parties. All year long the sounds of your playlist will bring you right back to the lazy days of that summer.
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Build a Summer Cookbook
Each weekend make a new recipe with your kid — as simple as Cucumber Mint Popsicles or as fancy as Homemade Pickles. Have your kid color on a piece of paper and write the recipe on top. Put them all together in a Recipe Binder. Don't forget to make copies for grandma and grandpa!
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Create a Summer Gratitude Wall
Once a week — or maybe every morning, if you like — ask your kid to write down or dictate to you one thing he or she is thankful for that day. Jot it on a little note or piece of cardstock and have your kid decorate it. Hang some baker's twine (from the fireplace mantel or on the kid's wall) and use wooden clothespins (you can even decorate some like this: Mod Podge Clothespin Gift Tag Tutorial) to attach the note to the string. Enjoy a summer's worth of thanks for trees, sunshine, BBQs, and flowers.