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Summer of Fun 2015 – Choosing Activities – Activity 2


So if you joined me for the last post, Summer of Fun Activity 1, then you know that each summer I create a list of fun things to do with my family. I love doing this!

Finding Ideas

I’ve seen lots of lists on this sort of thing on Pinterest and other blogs. Plenty of stuff out there to get your mind moving in the right direction. I weeded through a ton of stuff because I needed nearly all of our activities to be FREE or NEARLY FREE.
Add in the fact that I have older children, not tots, and the search becomes even more interesting to wade through.

There is a difference between my lists and all those lists I weed through; I don’t give my lists away. I share with you what we have done each day, how or if it was a success and how we liked it or um…didn’t like it (yep those do happen occasionally). I know that sort of hinders your ability to implement but if ya go a day behind us or just write the ones down you wanna try, YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!!

Solving the fight to choose

I’ve done the list several different ways since the inception of Summer of Fun. For the first several years, I created the list of activities, but in recent years, as the boys have gotten older, I’ve  decided to have all of us create lists of ideas of interest, then I make those ideas the list; Then we just pick from the list in different ways.

Here are some ways we keep the fights down about which activity to do each day (this is by no means an exhaustive list…let creativity rule; that’s my motto!)

  • Write all of the list ideas on strips of paper, put them in a jar, and then draw an activity daily
  • Write the list on paper, hang it in a central location, start at the top and work your way to the bottom (or bottom to the top)
  • Assign each activity a number, place the numbers in a jar and draw a number each day
  • Write each activity on a mini post-it-note, hang them on the wall, and then have the kids pick a number across and down, count it, and pick the activity in that spot (this is our method of madness this year)


Now you know some of my secrets. There’ll be more along the way!

On to the activity we did yesterday (sorry, I’m officially a day behind on posting, go figure 😉

☼Summer of Fun 2015☼ Activity No. 2 Tweet: #SummerofFun2015 - Activity 2 What are they up to today? Stop in and find out


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I love a good fire and making s’mores! We don’t even have to be camping to enjoy that. We just do some deck sittin’ and have a blast. We always can use s’more of that!

My little, OK not so little *sigh*, firebugs have a great time keeping the firing going, roasting marshmallows, and getting into a gooey mess of s’more eating. After all the fun of s’mores is finished it’s time to sit and simply talk, tell stories from when they were younger or when I and Mr. Right were younger, and just enjoy one another’s company; Add Nana to the mix and it’s a story telling partay!

Don’t have a fire pit…borrow one or set up a visit with family or friends. Ya never need an excuse to have a get together, just might need a bit of pre-planning that’s all.

How do I keep it frugal? Just add the s’more fixins into the grocery budget for the week (no extra costs that way) Frugal is as Frugal does!


Hope you’re enjoying our Summer of Fun activities.

Be sure to stop back and see the next one (I’d tell ya to come back tomorrow but life happens and as sure as I say that, I’ll be behind again!! 🙂

See ya soon!

    ♥ Robyn

What are you doing this summer?

5 thoughts on “Summer of Fun 2015 – Choosing Activities – Activity 2

  1. I’m loving your new look site Robyn – I love your ideas here, I think so often adults are the ones that try and bring in weird and wonderful plans, when all the kids want is some good simple fun and games.
    Keep doing what your doing 🙂

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    1. Thanks Lottie! Funny you should mention the kiddos just wanting simple fun and games; I asked the boys yesterday if they missed going somewhere for vacation and they both answered they would rather do these sorts of activities. They said this was better than packing up, going for a week; this way vacation lasts ALL summer, they said! Message came through loud and clear! 🙂
      Guess I’ll keep on keeping on!


  2. Great tips. When my son was younger, we used t write activities down and put them in a jar to pick out. Things like go to the park, go to the beach, have a picnic, play a board game…


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