Learn how to have a summer camp at home!
You can have a summer camp at home and have all of the fun right in your own backyard! This year things are going to look a little different. We may not have all of the activity options around town but we can have fun at home.
Over the past few years, we have done this at home. It started because I had little ones at home and doing activities at home was a lot easier. With a little planning, you can have a summer camp at home too!
How to Have Summer Camp at Home
Pick a weekly theme.
We have loved having a weekly theme. In the past, we have done Heroes of the Bible and this year we are doing a variety of themes using this kit.
Do one activity a day.
Instead of packing a ton of activities into one day, pick one activity a day to do. This helps eliminate overwhelm and exhaustion. Our kids do not need every minute of summer planned.
A helpful thing is to be upfront with your kids at the start of summer. Tell them that you will have 1 planned activity a day. It will give everyone something fun to look forward to!
Head here to learn all about the At-Home Summer Camp Kit!
Include some screen time, free time, and reading time.
Screen time does not have to be a bad thing. I have found that telling my kids upfront when their screen time helps us have some structure in our days. It also eliminates the need for them to constantly beg for screen time. They already know it will be happening.
Free time is essential in summer. It is when they play with their toys, get creative, play in the sprinkler, and so on. If your child is not used to free time it will take some getting used to, but stay consistent with it. Soon you will see it is one of the best parts of the day!
Reading time is a daily part of our summer camp at home. Last year we started using a “Mom Shop” that was for a reading time only. It became a hit! During their reading time, they could pick a snack from the “Mom Shop.”
Give yourself grace.
You do not have to follow any specific rules with summer camp at home. Do what works best for your family! Everyone’s summer is going to look a little different and that is okay.
Check out the At-Home Summer Camp Kit!
This year I have put together an At-Home Summer Camp Kit that has 12 weeks of themed activities! It also has a weekly family devotional. There are reading bingo cards, conversation cards, and tons of fun and simple activities. Everything is already planned for you and you can pick what themes you want to use this summer. Learn more here!
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