Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Summer To Remember

The last day of school is next Monday for our boys, and then it's on to a long-awaited summer break! They are so excited for all the fun things the summer holds. While we love summer too, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained all day, everyday for three months while still encouraging them to learn new things Then we had the idea to create "Summer Adventure Journals"! We hope that these fun little books will not only get the kids excited by the various activities this summer, but also encourage us to come up with more creative things for them to do. Plus, it will also get the boys to continue practice writing!

What You Need:
  • 2 Pieces of Cardboard (we cut up fruit snack boxes)
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Construction paper
  • White paper
  • Markers
  • Contact paper
  • Binder rings (This will allow you to add more pages as you go)
First, glue and cover your cardboard with the construction paper. We chose smaller-sized cardboard so that we can easily toss the journals into our bags.

Do this with the second so that you have a front and back cover for your journal.

With another piece of paper, we made a fun title for the journal and glued it onto the cover.

Then cover your colorful front and back covers with contact paper. Summer adventures are fun but can be messy and this will protect the journal.

Grab your hole punch and put a couple holes through both of your covers. Then you will be able to attach your binder rings.

Now it's time to fill your journals. You can just put plain paper (with holes punched in the sides) in if you'd like, but we decided to make a "10 Things I Want To Do This Summer" as our first page, as well as a few pages with the header "Where:" and "Date:" with a large blank space for the kids to write about their adventure, draw a picture, or even glue mementos to the page!

We also plan on using the journals to hold other fun activities, such as games, scavenger hunts and Bingo!

Not only do we think the kids will enjoy writing about our adventures this summer, but we think this will be a great way to look back on all the fun we have.
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  1. how sweet is that! I loved doing things like that when mine were small now it's the grandkids turn lol

  2. Cute idea ~ I hope you & the boys have a fun summer !!

  3. Very inspiring idea. I think I have two little ones that will be doing this also-thank you.

  4. That is such a great idea. They will love this summer 'keepsake' for years to come!