Make the most of your summer with our fun summer challenge! It's time to make a plan so that you don't waste a single second of summer fun. Bring on the sun tan lines and good vibes.
More than ever before, we're all ready for summer! School's officially out… and it feels great! Unfortunately, it's not feeling all that different from the previous 10 weeks of distance learning and things might be a tad monotonous for you and your families already! No worries!
We've beefed up our summer calendar with challenges that you and your family can enjoy this summer on any budget! We're hoping that our mini challenges will help you be more productive and enjoy even more quality time together.
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Keep in mind that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time! Play games indoors, make pizza as a family, rent a movie and build a fort. We actually challenge that the less you spend, the more memories you'll likely make.
Who is ready to get out there and start soaking up the sun? This summer challenge is for YOU!
FOCUS ON SUMMER MONTH
Step 1. Print the Focus on Summer Month calendar—if you're not already on the mailing list, SIGN UP HERE to get the June calendar emailed to you. The easiest way to stay updated is to get on the email list and follow along on the blog, YouTube, and social media. Keep up with all the fun tips and tricks we're sharing!
Step 2. Follow along! Each week there is one main summer challenge for you to focus on all week. Plus a mini challenge, tip or helpful habit to keep you focused half-way through the week. Then of course, wrap up the week with a simple date or family night to help keep you focused on the people that matter most.
Step 3. As always, adapt the calendar to work for your needs and help you get the most out of the monthly challenge.
Sometimes summer passes us by so quickly. We look back and feel like, while we have done so much, there were still so many things we didn't do. This year we encourage you to milk every second of summer! However, this doesn't mean you need to plan every second of every day. Be intentional about it!
JUNE CALENDAR & CHALLENGES
Get ready to make some fun family memories. Sometimes we think of the summer months with dread… after all it's 3 months of endlessly entertaining kids and cleaning up messes that constantly accumulate, right? It doesn't have to be! You have the power to shape your summer and make it what you want to be by planning, working hard, and implementing summer systems (check out these summer life hacks) that will make your life easier.
PREPARE FOR SUMMER
Start by setting yourself up for success. Put away all the school supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes and things you're no longer using. Pull out all your summer toys and essentials. Pack a summer outing bag to keep handy by the door or even pack one in your car so you have everything you need when you're out and about.
KICK OFF SUMMER FAMILY NIGHT
We love starting the summer with a big exciting celebration! Plan a fun family night to set the tone for the rest of your summer… and don't forget to plan more fun family nights to come! We recommend having at least one family night a week and one date night a week (here are some fun summer date night ideas) to help you connect with the people that matter most.
We all want to help our families have a fun summer. Take some of the pressure off by sitting down and asking your fam what they want to do! Check out our Summer Bucket list or make your own by adding everyone's top 3-5 activities to the bucket list. Then grab your calendar and start penciling these activities in so you don't get to the end of the summer without successfully completing a few of these fun bucket list items.
Don't know where to start? Use our summer activities list full of fun things to do WITH your family during this summer challenge. Sit down as a family, pick out your favorites, and get to planning the BEST SUMMER EVER! Put it on a big poster board, make punch cards, or write them on 3×5 cards and clip them to a string – however you do it, make it visual, and make it fun!
Summer is also the perfect time for kids to explore, learn, and discover on their own. Our summer list is full of ideas for the kids to take ownership of—there are ideas for kids of all ages. Have the kids make their own bucket list of things they want to do themselves. That way when the complaints of boredom start to fly, you have a list that you can refer the kids to full of activities that they want to do!
They might just be having so much fun that you'll want to join in with them! We have two tips for you to make the most of your summer:
- Make an effort to be spontaneous and enjoy the chaotic moments with your kids this summer.
- Plan ahead and create some memories with your family that you'll cherish for years to come.
That's all there is to it! The trick to enjoying summer is 95% attitude—when all else fails, take a vacation!
Don't forget to keep water bottles and healthy snacks handy for you and your kids so you don't have to stop the fun! Establishing these easy healthy habits will keep you and your family safe all summer.
GET OUTSIDE WEEK
Make it a goal this week to spend 30 minutes outside together as a family or separately! Make sure you catch some serious vitamin D… wear a hat and don't forget the sunscreen, though! There are so many fun things you can do outdoors. Go on a hike, hit the pool, catch some waves at the lake, grill some kabobs, or roast some s'mores.
OUTDOOR SCAVENGER HUNT
Put together a fun scavenger hunt for yourself, your kids, your husband, your neighbors or friends. It's a great way to get out there. We love the idea of a photo scavenger hunt challenge. But the sky is the limit here.
TRY NEW THINGS WEEK
Make a list of all the new things you try this week. From new foods, to new games… get creative and see what skills you can learn this week! Maybe you've never learned how to jump rope or roller blade. This is your chance to challenge yourself and learn something new.
MAKE UP A NEW GAME
One of our favorite things to do is make up a fun new game with what we have around us. Maybe you've seen the joy on your kids' face as they are jumping on the trampoline, coming up with new rules to the game that they are making up on the spot… it's fun! Try it. We'd love to hear what games you come up with so that we can try them, too.
This week's summer challenge leads into the month of July! We're getting ready for big 4th of July plans and we're feeling all kinds of grateful for the beautiful country we live in. That's why we're devoting this week to service. Reflect on a few ways that you can serve anyone and everyone around you and then get to work!
To be continued… check in July for the rest of our Focus on Summer challenge!
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Here are just a few more posts to help you get the most out of your summer!
- Lookin' for a cool treat? Try out one of these homemade popsicles!
- Have your kids start a Summer Reading Chart. It's the best way to avoid the summer slide.
- Food is one of our favorite love languages! We've rounded up the best Summer Treats—no oven required.
- And last, but not least, have you seen our bored sticks and chore sticks?? Game. Changer. Try 'em out!