It’s here! It’s here! It’s heeerrreeeee!
I’m so happy. I’m so excited.
And more than ever, I’m over the moon thrilled and elated that summer is right around the corner!
Though I work from home, and it’s always an adjustment to have all the kids home all day long, and we have a busy swim and dive schedule, and ohmygosh I have to feed three kids three meals every single day for like a million days, I have found the most awesome plan for summer fun for my kids–tabletop surprises.
This will be the third summer we’re rocking tabletop surprises, and the kids–and I–couldn’t be more ready to rock and roll!
Here’s the skinny. . .
Cool Activities for Kids All Summer Long–NEW Tabletop Surprises:
Tabletop Surprises are what works for us because I have three different kids–11, 9, and 8 years old–each with their own personality and plans.
And Tabletop Surprises work for us all.
What are Tabletop Surprises? Tabletop Surprises are invitations to learn, play, create, invent, and think–on their own time.
Little fun activities just waiting for someone to come along and try ‘em out.
This year, everyone helped make the calendars.
I brought out last year’s Tabletop Surprises calendars, and Maddy, Owen, and Cora wrote, scratched, added, and edited.
I want this summer to be fun for them. And I want them to have some say in what we do each day.
And though they had their own ideas about what they wanted their summer to look like (see below!), I added, adapted, and think they’ll be pretty happy with what we have planned.
Despite what it may look like, Tabletop Surprises allow for so much flexibility in our schedules. They’re short activities that can be done independently (for the most part), so if something fun comes up in our schedule, we drop and go.
How to I get the kids to actually sit down and do the activities?
A few ways:
1. The activities are fun and the kids want to do them;
2. At any given time, on any given day, I have been known to toss a few gems into the gem jars of people who have been spotted doing the activity. Not every day, but some days.
3. I’ll join them. Really.
Kids–I truly believe–like to hang out with their parents. Especially if their parents are kinda cool or funny or at least act like they’re cool or funny. I like to hang out with my kids, so when they sit, if I can, I’ll join them.
What are the ideas and what makes them so fun?
The activities are hands-on. They’re cool. They’re creative and crafty. They’re unusual. They’re familiar. They’re old and they’re new. They’re digital and battery-free. They’re indoors and outdoors.
It’s a mix, and that keeps them going. And it’s only ten weeks. That gives us one week for vacation and one week to totally pound out math packets and summer school assignments.
And really? I have a whole bunch of back-up this year–4 extra weeks planned out roughly. Just a whole bunch of extra cool, fun things that kids might want to do if and when we find time.
What do you think? Ready to give Tabletop Surprises a look?
- Print out the calendar: tabletop surprises calendar 2015 teachmama.com
- Subscribe to teachmama.com via email.
- Download the Tabletop Surprises Resource Guide (you’ll get it when you confirm your subscription, yo!).
- Give your kids the skinny on Tabletop Surprises. Tell them: This summer is totally going to rock. Each day, you’ll have a fun activity waiting right here on the table for you. All summer long. Not even kidding. You’re that lucky.
- Start learning, playing, creating, inventing, and thinking alongside your kiddos!
- And? Share your #tabletopsurprises via instagram or twitter just for fun. We will have a few goodies along the way for families who jump in on the fun. So start sharing and start learning.
- Now. Go ahead and create the summer of your dreams. Well. . .
Wait. What’s holding you back?
My kids. They’re totally not game for anything anymore now that they’re tweens and teens.
Um. I understand. I get it. My kids have days when they just want to hole up and ignore me. And that’s fine. But there are many days when they want fun things to do.
They want an excuse to play with their old faves, to get their hands dirty, to explore and have fun.
And Tabletop Surprises let them do just that.
Me. I’m busy. I don’t have time for this.
Yes. You. Do. I’ve got every single thing you need right here. Ten weeks. Links to resources and everything. Just print out a few things, gather supplies the night before and set it out on your table or a small shelf or somewhere so it’s all there when the kids wake up. They’ll do it when they’re able.
In fact, I’ve so got this covered, that if you subscribe to teachmama.com via email (only a few emails a week–full of awesome for you and your kids!) you’ll have access to every single thing you need for the entire ten weeks. Every link. Every printable. Bam.
Okay, well. . . I may just be convinced.
Give me a look at this stuff.
Sure. Check out last year’s Tabletop Surprises to get an idea about what we’re doing.
- Tabletop Surprises– keeping kids busy all summer long
- best summer learning ideas for kids
- more tabletop surprises
- or our #tabletopsurprises on Instagram
Or check out 2013:
- Tabletop Surprises Week One
- Tabletop Surprises Week Two
- Tabletop Surprises Week Three
- Tabletop Surprises Week Four
Or check out our
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