Summer is a time to relax and enjoy a lot of free time, it’s nice to be off the regular routine that school brings. However, in all our relaxing and family days, I want to maintain a basic daily structure. This structure helps everyone during the long hot days of summer.
One way I promote structure is by having theme days: each day has a different theme for the entire summer! It creates a routine and a bit of predictability which my family loves.
We began by creating a list of all the fun things we want to do this summer, much like a bucket list.
Then I looked for similarities for our different theme days. For example, my son wanted to go the zoo, my daughter wanted to go the water park and I wanted to take them to the Nature Center; each of these ideas would make great field trips so I created a Field Trip Theme!
Once I found five different themes I began working on our poster.
Now mind you I’m not the crafty type, so this poster is as good as it gets for me; but it creates the system I’m wanting.
After I created the theme days I printed out some very cute calendars from Anything But Perfect. I filled in the calendar from our bucket list and taped it to the poster board.
Do you see our summer goals under the word SUMMER? I wanted to give my children a goal to work towards this summer, something that’s ongoing that will require practice.
- My daughter’s goal is to learn to write her name (she’s four)
- My son’s goal is to learn to ride his bike without training wheels (he’s six)
- My goal is to loose 10 pounds (yikes!)
My other two children are two years old and 8 months old, they don’t really have goals.
Creating theme days has made these first few weeks of summer run so smoothly, my children know what to expect and they enjoy the routine we’ve established. Since we are doing items off their Summer bucket list, each day is a fun adventure for us!
Do you use theme days for summer? I’d love to hear what you do in your family!