our summer plans : Mission : Impossible (free printables)

I decided a while ago, since we aren't travelling anywhere this summer, that we need to make the most of our time in the warmth, sunshine and freedom.  Here's what I decided to do - (I'm pretty excited about it, actually, and I hope the kids are, too, when they find out about it!) -

It's no secret that this is an adventurous, boyish, active family I've got here, so when I was thinking up fun things to do, I wanted to appeal to that part of their nature.  And what kid doesn't like to rise to a challenge? So, when summer begins, we'll have a little family kick-off party to celebrate, I'll let them in on the theme, and then every day or whenever the mood strikes, I'll let them open another MISSION : IMPOSSIBLE mission to do (should they choose to accept it).

It took quite a bit of brainstorming and searching (thank you very much, Pinterest, for making that job easier) and narrowing down to come up with the final list of activities.  I wanted a good mix of indoor and outdoor, active and calm, away from the home, and easy to throw together.

Wanna see what I came up with?  I thought you'd never ask -

1 - A glow-in-the-dark summer kick-off dance party
2 - Tie-dye t-shirts (to be worn throughout the summer for various activities)
3 - Sign up for the library's summer reading program and start our summer reading poster *
4 - Plant flowers in the front yard
5 - Build mini-marshmallow and toothpick buildings
6 - Make a zipline course for toy 'guys' (action figures) outside
7 - Plant the vegetable garden
8 - Play the string and donut game *
9 - Make paper and straw rockets *
10 - Go to the Colorado River walk and play in the water under the bridge
11 - Learn about cup-stacking and have cup-stacking races
12 - Go on a long family bike ride
13 - Create a secret code and write letters to some cousins in the code
14 - Spend the morning in Greer (nearby small town with streams and lakes), bring a picnic
15 - Card board construction set buildings
16 - Make cookies and take to someone
17 - Lego Challenge #1 *
18 - Basketball at the park
19 - Origami
20 - Camp in the backyard
21 - Write letters and draw pictures to send to grandparents
22 - Sidewalk chalk maze for toy cars
23 - Swim at Becker Lake
24 - Harry Potter Day *
25 - Invite a family for a BBQ
26 - Make "tribal" can drums *
27 - Scooter ride and walk
28 -Art project - Drawings to submit to county fair
29 - Mystery service project - "see a need, fill a need"
30 - Make popsicle stick harmonicas *
31 - Play twister in the sprinkler
33 - Spend the morning at Sipe Wildlife Area
34 - Lego Challenge #2 *
35 - Make frozen yogurt in the ice cream maker *
36 - Play soccer around the yard
37 - Make a poster of "listening, loving, seeing..etc."
38 - Relay races! *
39 - Write a run-on story (one sentence per person, take turns)
40 - Paint a self portrait
41 - Build a boat to float in the ditch
42 - Play freeze dance
43 - Go on a walk somewhere new
44 - Make cup and balloon marshmallow shooters and have a war
45 - Play soccer at the school
46 - Lego Challenge #3 *
47 - Go fishing
48 - Make slime
49 - Heart attack someone's house
50 - Star Wars Day *
51 - Sidewalk chalk - fill one sidewalk square each and then take a 'tour' of the exhibits
52 - Play jugball catch *
53 - Art Project for the county fair - painting
54 - Take an ABC photo tour of the town *
55 - Make paper bag puppets and have a show
56 - Colored ice paintings on a big paper outside
57 - Lego Challenge #4 *

That's it!  I'm sure, since life is really good and happening, we won't do all of those.  But, if needed, they are ready and waiting to be accomplished!  I plan of following this order, roughly, since it mixes things up in a pretty good variety, and if I get my act together and my printer working, I'll be printing out this little thing below and filling it in with the days' activity, in an envelope for the kids to open, and dramatically and suspenseful-y.  (it has ample space under the tagline to write in whatever you want!)

Should be fun!

OH! I almost forgot - those activities above with the asterisks?  They are ones I hope to elaborate on at some point, either with pictures, or links, or descriptions - ones that I didn't think were super self-explanatory.  (or maybe they are, but just not for me!)

If you want to throw together your own summer MISSION : IMPOSSIBLE, feel free to use my ideas and the printable and have a lot of fun!

AND - keep your eyes open for the summer schedule I threw together.  It's not all fun and games around here, poor kids.  I like to keep 'em a little busy, and we have a few serious things we need to accomplish, good weather or no

*** - here's our daily summer routine, so far.  I like a little bit of structure to keep things exciting, but also get stuff done!  Check it out.


Peg Lewis said...

Oh, I want to come over! This sounds lovely!

Martie said...

This is fabulously awesome! I love this mix of activities. I have been working on something like this as well. The sad thing is that for years now, I only have two interested parties. All the rest are too old for most of the fun things I have found. I will definitely be using your amazing list! Oh, and we would love to do cousin letters too! We love writing in code! :o) Thank you for the great ides!

Martie said...

ideas, that is.