First Day of Summer Activities

by GfG on June 18, 2012 · 6 comments

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Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

The first (official) day of summer is Wednesday, so why not have a First Day of Summer Party?  Or just do a little something?

Doesn’t have to be a big deal, but recognizing the first day of each season has helped my younger kids grasp the concept, versus, “When it’s hot!” or “When it snows!” like all the books teach them.  Useless in most areas, really.  I grew up with four seasons: warm with a chance of chill, hot, really hot, and holy-moly-I-can’t-believe-I-haven’t-melted-hot in Louisiana.  In Central Texas we had: four days of cold, warm with a chance of hot, hot, and you-should-be-inside-hot.

Here in Albuquerque, I hear there are four noticeable weather seasons.  That will be an interesting change.

These kinds of activities also build memories and tradition.

I have a some ideas to throw at you- all easy and inexpensive!  So, pick one or three, and have a fun first day of summer!

1) Eat watermelon.  How easy is that?  Watermelon is probably the official summer fruit, so enjoy some.  Why not include a seed spitting contest?  Two activities for the price of one!  Add some goofy photos and you have tons of fun.

2) Play in a sprinkler or go swimming.  Swimming is probably the official summer activity.  Don’t have a pool?  Us either. Grab a hose and a sprinkler (you can even make your own with a soda bottle poked with holes!).

3) Make a hand shape sun.  Trace the child’s hand on yellow construction paper twice and cut out.  Glue the palms over each other.  Place a circle on top and voila!  A sun.  Write why they like summer on each finger to turn it from a cheesy craft to a cheesy keepsake.

4) Make sun shine cupcakes.  Ice the cupcakes in yellow frosting and place candy corn around the edges.  The kiddos could do this themselves (yes, it will be messy) and love every minute of it.  If you have suggestions for a healthy option for the sunbeams, instead of candy corn, please chime in and leave a comment.  I couldn’t think of anything else!

5) Make watermelon cup cakes.  Man, these are stinkin’ cute!  They would be fun to make with your children, but also fun to surprise the kids with since they  look like plain ol’ green cupcakes- until their first bite!  Cuteness!  While the link shares making the cupcakes from scratch and dying the batter, I’m going to just use strawberry cake mix and dye the cream cheese icing green.

Photo credit: justJENN

6) Have a water gun fight.  Kids just love water guns.  Actually, who am I kidding, most adults like water guns too.  Fill a big bucket of water, toss the artillery, and have at it!  I bet the smiles will be ear to wet ear.  You could even have targets and contests.  Be sure to take (waterproof) photos.

7) Let the kids search for treasure in a giant ice cube.  In layers, freeze objects within the ice (pour water in, allow to freeze, place objects and more water, freeze, repeat).  I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew The Littles would love it.  I plan to freeze quarters with initials on them in Sharpie inside ours since we don’t need anymore little plastic toys.  Slushes at Sonic, we do need, however.         🙂

8   Make pink chocolate chip cookies.  I saw these on Pinterest and knew I had to do them sometime.  I’m a big fan of pink.  Anyway, it didn’t hit me until I had already posted this that I could make these for watermelon cookies!  Roll the edges in green food coloring or (even better say the children) in a bit of icing and then green sprinkles to give the rind effect.  How fun!!  Also, if you live the gluten free life, Betty Crocker makes a killer yummy GF chocolate chip cookie mix.  Use it and have a super quick and cute watermelon cookie.

Photo credit: QuickDish by Tablespoon

What will we do?  We’re gonna do the watermelon cupcakes, eat watermelon, and spray one another with water guns.  Should be a very memorable day.  I’m saving the ice cube activity and super cute pink cookies for another summer day.

I can’t decide if I’m going to tell the kids about the water guns or wait until I’ve soaked them with a surprise attack.  Actually… I’m pretty sure they aren’t gonna know what hit ’em until I’m already reloading!


What will you do this first day of summer? 


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The Reader June 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

Love these ideas!!! I might do some of these when we finally take our summer break for end of school….or search different ones that are more “end of school”-ish and less “here’s summer”-ish.

I will probably, since you reminded me, do “now it’s winter” activities on Weds, like we did Spring when you did Fall that one September. We loved doing that and I wound up framing the rainbow hand prints they (spontaneously!) made along side a photo of each kid.

Once I gather winter ideas, I’ll blog it 😉 I love being inspired by you!

For the sunshine cupcakes — one could do carrot cake/cream cheese muffins and do very thin carrot strips, but I’m thinking kids will like candy vs. carrot. One could do ritz crackers & that horridly delicious cheese-in-a-spray-can. Or, do they make any yellow or orange colored fruit-roll-up type thing??? One could use that in strips for the sun rays, and stick with the sweet cupcake….

Have fun! I hope you post pics after!!


Kristin Smith June 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

Enjoyed, as usual! Such good ideas. I would have loved growing up in your house!


Martha Smith June 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I don’t know that it’s all that much healthier, but you could use candied orange peel…


GfG June 21, 2012 at 12:12 am

No HFCS, so healthier! 🙂 Great idea!


Deb @ Living Montessori Now June 21, 2012 at 12:13 am

What fun ideas! I always loved celebrating special days like the first day of summer … makes life more fun! I pinned your post to my Summer Fun Pinterest board at Happily visiting from HHH.


PrairieJenn June 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Love your summer fun ideas, especially the watermelon cupcakes! We make a summer fun list just before summer hits every year:)


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