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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Noel Wilson

10 Weeks of Summer!

Summer is just around the corner. Are you ready for some lazy days, no schedules, extra sleep, quality time with family and more? Me too! My oldest is graduating high school and we plan to soak up every second as a family before he leaves for college. Here are some ways you can spend each week of summer. Make every moment count, make memories, and have fun.

Week 1

Sign up for a summer reading program at the library. If you don’t have one, make a goal for how many books you will read together this summer and choose a reward for completing your goal. You can do this with any age kids, yes, even teens.

Week 2

Begin to host a Backyard Bible Study. Pick out a bible study and invite friends/family/neighbors over one day a week to study together. Have light snacks and a game to play as well.

Week 3

Plan a Family Service Project. Here are some ideas:

  • Wash someone's car.

  • Take care of a neighbor's yard.

  • Buy someone groceries.

  • Cook a meal to share.

  • Write notes of encouragement and share bible verses. You can also draw pictures. Send your letters in the mail to brighten someone's day.

Week 4

Do a fitness challenge. Create your own or choose from the following list:

  • Create an outdoor obstacle course involving jumping, running, spinning, etc.

  • Do an exercise each day of the week.

    • Day 1: spin in a circle for 10 seconds

    • Day 2: Day 1 + squats for 20 seconds

    • Day 3: Day 1, 2 + jumping jacks for 30 seconds

    • Day 4: Day 1, 2, 3, + frog jumps for 40 seconds

    • Day 5: Day 1, 2, 3, 4, + Walk like a crab for 50 seconds

    • Day 6: Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 + Dance for 1 minute

  • Egg and Spoon race

  • Create a racecourse with neighbors on the sidewalks

  • Family bike ride

  • Family walk

  • Participate in a 5k walk/race

Week 5

Plan a backyard campout with family or friends. Include a campfire, make s'mores, play games, make shadow figures and share stories you make up on your own.

Week 6

Plan out a meal. Visit your local farmer’s market for groceries and then cook dinner together. What different kinds of foods did you find at the farmer's market? What are your favorites?

Week 7

Check out books from the library about animals and bugs you can find outside. Then, go visit a nature preserve or nature center. Capture bugs you have learned about including fireflies. Take pictures and make a photo album.

Week 8

Pick out a Bible story to read. Create costumes from items at home, chose roles and act out the story.

Week 9

Participate in my Free Bible Scavenger Hunt. Look up the Bible verses, find key words, then find the item around the house or outside. This is a fun way to have kids and teens reading their Bibles.

Week 10

Make a time capsule to remember everything you did this summer. Here are ideas of what you can add:

  • photos from summer memories

  • recipe card

  • post card from vacation

  • any items you collected

  • write letters and draw pictures

  • local newspaper or magazine

  • favorite toy

  • movie tickets or other ticket stubbs

  • favorite book you read

  • letter to your future self

  • list of favorite songs

  • pressed flower

  • results from your fitness challenge

  • write down a made up story

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