Well, it’s summer folks! I’m not entirely sure how that happened, but here we are in the glorious Texas heat and it’s time to figure out our new summer rhythms and routines (unless you already have, and in that case I applaud your proactive planning)! If you are still on the lookout for summer camps in Dallas make sure to check out Dallas Moms Summer Camp Guide for the Dallas Metroplex as well as our VBS Guide.
I think that keeping a somewhat loose interpretation of our regular schedules is best for everyone’s sanity. To add some fun activities and structure to our summer days I thought we would do a “At Home Summer Camp” of sorts. I am a teacher by trade and planning this little guide for an at home summer camp was SO fun – I hope you and your kiddos enjoy and if you join in on the fun be sure to let me know!
While my summer camp ideas are more ideal for toddler and preschool aged littles, I did find some awesome resources for older kids while doing my research: like this fun printable of your summer weekly rhythm, the blog post SAHM Camp: My Plan for summer by Orlando Mom Collective, and Guide to Creating your own Summer Camp at Home by Tampa Bay Moms!
If the idea of theme weeks and activities overwhelm you, you could print off this Daily Checklist inspired by fellow DM Contributor Kelly Mock, or make your own! Laminate, hang it in a prominent area, and keep your kiddos accountable for some sort of routine in their summer days!
I am breaking down our summer into themed weeks. Obviously you can mix and match or nix as you like for your particular needs. I am planning 12 weeks overall because we have VBS, vacation, and a move to throw into our summer mix so I’ve left some wiggle room for other plans or breaks!
My basic format for the weeks will include: theme-related books from the library (requested the week before!), episodes of theme-related shows/movies, and three simple activities to do with my kids to escape the afternoon heat. This gives the flexibility to skip a day or make room for other summer fun. Some of my all time favorite inspiration for kiddo activities are: BusyToddler, Simply Learning, The Book and the Bristle, and Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading.
At-Home Summer Camp Curriculum Outline & Ideas:
|Week # : Theme||Books||Shows/Movies||Activities||Additional Resources|
|1. Creepy Crawly Critters: Insects and Spiders||PBS Parents Expert Tips & Advice on Helping Children Overcome a Fear of Bugs|
|2. Deep Sea Diving: Beach and Ocean||Wow in the Word Podcast: Invasion of the Sea Pickles|
|3. Rainbow Connection: Colors||Koala Crate: Rainbows Crate|
|4. Won’t you be my neighbor? Discovering your neighborhood.||Peaceable Kingdom Friends and Neighbors The Helping Game|
|5. Creature Feature: Animals and Zoo||Dallas Zoo Summer Adventure Camps|
|6. Foodie Finds||Kidstir Cooking Kits and Recipes for kids|
|7. ABC’s||Learning Resources POP for Letters Game|
|8. 123’s||Learn to Write Your Numbers Dry Erase Book|
|9. Creative Camping||How to Plan a Fun Backyard Camping Adventure|
|10. Blast Off! (Space & Planets)||NASA Kids’ Club|
|11. Sports||Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall at the Perot Museum|
|12. Back to School!||Edutopia: Back-To-School Resources for Parents|