I’m always looking for fun activities to do with Stokely that also encourage and promote learning. I’m big into learning. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. I’d play school with my cousins and have actual lesson plans and assign homework. It probably wasn’t that fun for them! When I was in middle school, I went to an art and science camp. We’d do plaster art one day and the next we’d be dissecting frogs! Now that I have Stokely, I want him to love learning as much as I do. We have a KiwiCo subscription box that we’ve been using since Stokely was around one, but I wanted to find some activities to do at home. This is why I love the idea of having summer camp at home! Stokely is still a little too young to go to actual camp, but I can’t wait to give him a neat at-home camp experience. Here’s how to plan a fun summer camp at home experience for your family.
Plan it Out
The best way to create a summer camp at home experience is with planning (did you think I’d say something different?!)! Figure out what you want the theme for the week to be and research activities that fit. Gather all your supplies and set everything up Sunday night so you’re ready for the week ahead. Download my FREE 7-page Summer Camp at Home Planner with week-by-week ideas and activities to help get you started.
Decide on Your Objectives
There are two types of summer camp – educational and pure fun. The good thing about planning your at-home camp, is that you can decide what you want the focus to be. If you’re going for more educational route, pick activities that promote asking questions and exploration. If you’re looking to just let the kids have fun, find activities that get them moving and crafting!
Don’t Try to Squeeze Too Much In
I know a lot of parents feel like they have to have #allthethings scheduled to keep the kids busy. But really, you don’t. Pick a morning activity, an afternoon activity, and maybe a solo activity they can do on their own each day. Try to make lunchtime fit into the weekly theme and it’ll feel like another activity for the kids too! You don’t have to go all out here. Do what works for your family.
Don’t forget to download my FREE 7-page Summer Camp at Home Planner with week-by-week ideas and activities to help get you started planning your own summer camp at home!