I head back into the office next Tuesday whilst my children wait another month for their new school years to begin. Some of you have weeks remaining of travel! Entertaining children! Sunburns, late-to-beds, sibling squabbles! Family get-togethers! I am vowing not to let work kill my summer mojo. Summer shall simply commence each day when I drive away from school. Plenty of daylight hours left for sandcastles, picnics, zoo trips, sails, and cartwheels in the backyard.
We've traveled quite a bit this summer and made it a goal to be out and about in our hometown. But some quieter days at home have been an important part of free time, too. We've made pies. Forts. Elaborate fairy jungle gyms. Mostly, we've painted: rocks, glass stones, paper, shells, faces, and ourselves.
If you have some summer left, I recommend getting the paints out and letting your kids decorate a cardboard box/house. I splurged for the castle (below), but my mom had a box at her house that lasted months of kids drawing on and playing in it. Even the nine-year-old nephew had a piece of that timeshare. Everyone can claim a side and be design king of that section.