Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Fun, Week 1

Here's a recap of our first week of surprise activities...
{Yet another camera-free week. I promise to suck it up and get a new one soon.}

Monday (in the kitchen):
Rainbow cookies; Packaged & shared with friends.
Tuesday (field trip):
Bowling: Chloe- 64; Chayse- 62; Camden- 52 (she threw in the towel by frame 8); Mommy- too embarrassed to post score.
Wednesday (get crafty):
I had a spare large canvas lying around, so I set the {naked} kids loose with lots of bright acrylic paint and no limits. They spent literally hours creating. They each even stamped it with footprints. (Camden actually dipped her feet in pink paint and ran across it a few times.) It will eventually go over our bed.
Thursday (family fun):
The kids drew one of the two papers in the bin that promised a sibling shopping spree downtown. Shopping spree, meaning a budget of $5.00 each, spread out between 3 stores: book store, toy store, & candy shop. (With the option of saving and adding to the next shopping trip.) This was challenging and fun.
First up- the book store. Chayse immediately went for the $4.95 toy jet, the first thing he laid eyes on. After careful browsing, Chloe settled on a chapter book for $3.99. Camden wasn't interested in anything in the $5 and under range. The big kids checked out, leaving 5 cents for Chayse, and $1.01 for Chloe.
On to the toy store. Chloe was determined to spend a little at each of the three shops, but just couldn't find anything worthy at the toy store. Chayse proceeded to ask me "does this cost 5 cents?" over and over, out of luck each time. Camden was excited to find a watercolor set for $4.34.
Walking to the candy shop was where the three really put their heads together. I warned Chayse that 5 cents might not get him much candy, but that we'd do our best. That's when Chloe stepped in and decided combining the total amount of change (making $1.73) to get one big bag of candy, then dividing it up evenly between them would be fair. Lots of scooping and three trips to the candy scale later, they were set. Jelly beans, sour balls, candy hearts, and m&ms. Every penny spent. Every kid happy. Teamwork!
Friday (wet & wild):
Splish-splashing & a picnic at one of our local water parks (not as in rides water parks, but actual parks with cool water features). Free, wet fun!

8 comments:

Tegan and Tage said...

So much fun. I love the sibling team work! What a great start to summer. :)

Katie said...

sounds like you guys had a great time!!

Jessica said...

So fun! You're my inspiration to try to schedule some fun things for next week. Hmmm...what should I do with a 4 yr old, 13 mth old and a 7 mth old (park maybe)?

Stephanie B. said...

What FUN! I may have to steal a couple of those ideas. :)

mel said...

What a FUN week! (What happened to your camera? I would die without mine!) These are such great ideas & I will TOTALLY be using this idea in the next few years. Love how you are so intentional with your summer!

michelle said...

I really love this idea! I actually wrote it down and am going to try to come up with some things this week. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Danielle said...

I think I'm going to quit my job for the summer and be one of your kids. Sounds like you guys had a great week! I'll e-mail you pics of my wedding dress later today :)

Sarah said...

Sounds like a wonderful week! Such great activities for the kids. And putting their money together and sharing..that's so neat! I'm going to have to keep these ideas in mind for a few years down the road :)