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Summer Camp at Home 2013: Nine weeks of activities for kids

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Summer Camp at Home 2013: Nine weeks of activities for kids
Summer Camp at Home: 9 weeks of ideas

Summer Camp at Home: 9 weeks of ideas

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Summer Camp at Home is back for the third year in a row!

If you’re looking for ideas for ways to keep your kids busy learning and having fun this summer, please check out my list of themed weekly activities that I will post each Friday for nine weeks, starting this coming Friday.

This is our lineup — please click to find each week:

Week 1: June 10, Habitats
Week 2: June 17, Fantasy Creatures
Week 3: June 24, Create!
Week 4: July 1, Heroes and Personal Achievement
Week 5: July 8, Wildlife
Week 6: July 15, The Final Frontier and the Future
Week 7: July 22, Adventuring
Week 8: July 29, World Music
Week 9: August 5, Transportation

Are You Doing Summer Camp at Home Too?

This year, I was really tempted to send my kindergartener to summer day camp. After all, by now he is used to spending his day full of activity with his peers. And there are a lot of great day camps in our area to choose from.

But I knew we are going to send him to day camp with his occupational therapist later this summer as we did last year, and those four weeks of camp will take him right up to the start of first grade. That leaves five weeks of freedom. I think. (I’m a bit unclear when school actually starts.) Not only that, but I know he will have more years of school ahead when he will actually prefer going to camp over staying home — and kids are little for only a short time.

Whatever your reasons for staging “Camp Mom” or “Camp Grandparent” this summer, I hope you’ll find some ideas that will keep away the “I’M BOOOOOORRRED”s and give you special time together as a family.

Weekly Themes, Daily Routines

Each week will have a different theme to focus on that will be a jumping-off point for having fun and learning.

We will try to go on two or three “field trips” each week, usually relating to the theme, but also just for fun (like free bowling from KidsBowlFree.com).

We will set up our day with short bursts of time in “stations” around the house, and try to keep to a schedule. (I keep hearing my kindergartener needs structure.) Even though I’m a be-free-and-have-fun-it’s-summer kind of person, he seems to do better on a predictable routine, so that’s what we are going to try. You don’t have to do that, though, to use the ideas. Heck, I know it’s going to be hard for me to stick to a schedule, but I need to attempt it.

For example, we’ll start the day playing outside before it gets too hot — we live in southern Florida. Then we’ll do an hour of different educational games, activities and reading books while our minds are still fresh.

The rest of the day, we will do fun stations in blocks of time:

  • Legos
  • Wii
  • Puzzles/board games
  • Music
  • Crafts/art
  • iPad educational games
  • ABCMouse.com
  • Cooking
  • Imaginative role play
  • Gardening
  • Science
  • Favorite toys
  • Etc.

The boys will also get a chance each day to pick which stations they want to do next.

The routine isn’t there to dictate our days, but to ensure my boys don’t just play with trains for five hours every day. We can still be flexible with our time so we can attend play dates and do other fun things.

Customize Your Camp

My weekly plan will be a starting point for you to work from if you want to follow along — and you can take it from there. Every family is different, and you know what your kids like to do, so you will come up with great ideas of your own. You can also tailor your summer camp to your child’s age and abilities.

If you are doing Summer Camp at Home too, please leave a comment!

And if you’re the impatient type and want to get started doing or planning camp right away, check out last year’s Summer Camp at Home post with links to 10 themed weeks of activities and learning.

  1. I am definitely camping along with you!!!

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