by: Richelle Torres
Ideas for a Super Fun and Intentional Summer with Your Kids
by Mike Harvey, Children's Pastor
Summer is here, and if you are like my wife and me, that can create some anxiety when it comes to finding things to do with your kids. And not just something to fill time, but things that are intentional and have a purpose.
I’ve been talking to families a lot in the last few weeks about their summers. Mostly, the kids talk about what vacations they’re taking and friends they’re planning to have over. Mostly, the parents talk about time—and time—and time. And they also talk about ways they want to see their kids grow this summer. You may have been thinking something along the same lines. How can you make your summer more intentional? How can you come together, not just to fill the time but to connect in ways that grow your relationships?
Below are just a few ideas for an engaging and intentional summer with your family:
- Have everyone pick a day this summer, and the whole family participates in what they’d like to do for the day (within reason and budget).
- Pick a local mission organization or talk to your church and do a mission project together as a family.
- Take family walks or bike rides.
- Involve your kids in household chores. Use a chore chart or checklist. Instilling a strong work ethic and helping them care for the things they own and the spaces they live in starts when they are young.
- Family Talk Time. Be intentional with your time together, whether in the car or at the dinner table, connect with your kids. You can use fun “would you rather” questions or just any engaging type of conversation starters.
- Learn the books of the Bible together. Make it fun, use flashcards, or below are links to a couple of fun catchy songs to help remember them. Challenge your kids to memorize them by the end of the summer.
- Old Testament - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpdY1s68KiE
- New Testament - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAxf3ITRqqI
- Cook dinner together.
- Create a family slip and slide or play in the sprinkler together.
- Have everyone pick one skill they’d like to learn and learn each together.
I truly hope and pray that this summer is filled with conversation, connection, and fun for you and your family!!