For years now, as a “hip-hip-hooray, we’ve finished another year of school” gift, I’ve had a huge Summer Fun basket waiting when my kids wake up on the last day of school. This has become a tradition that we all love.
The thing with the Summer Basket that I have figured out–this is a basket stuff with things that I have to buy for summer anyway. It’s just packaged up really fun, so it becomes a gift. Yay for everyone.
Cool Mom status is a fun place to be–if even for a few minutes. So, allow me to help you get there for a few minutes too.
Here’s my great-big-long list of Summer Fun Basket ideas.
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Summer Fun Basket Ideas-the Essentials
Let’s start with the basic essentials for summer. You’re going to be buying a ton of sunscreen anyway, right?
Put it in the basket.
Put it in the basket.
Sidewalk chalk artist in your home?
You feel me, right? Here’s some other ideas.
- New bathing suits for kids that grew over the winter.
- Flip flops
- S’more fixin’s
- Sidewalk chalk–or our favorite…Sidewalk Chalk Paint! It’s so much fun!
- Lemonade mix
- New summer shorts and tanks
- Pool toys
- Water goggles
- Water balloons–our favorite is Bunch O’ Balloons...they’re the easiest water balloons ever!
- and don’t forget sunscreen
- and bug spray
Summer Fun Learning
Let’s not forget what summer is really for…learning without your kids knowing it. 🙂 I love to tuck some things in our Summer Fun Basket that will totally build brains over the summer without my kids even noticing.
- Mushroom growing kit
- Any of the Dr. Noggin trivia games
- Gathering a Garden board game
- Paint by Stickers: Art Classics
- Nature Carving Kit
- Water beads
- Bird Origami kit
- Link It game–perfect for critical thinking
- Nature Kaleidoscope kit–this kit is amazing and I can’t wait to make it with the kids!
- Sun Print Paper kit–have you ever used this before? This special paper creates amazing art from nature and the sun. Easy to do–your kids will love!
- Wikki Stix Traveler Play set–these are so fun to create with, but a play set for the car for long road trips is brilliant!
- This is a great time to share a Summer Reading List with your kids. Purchase the books and bundle them up for each kid. Stick a little “coupon” bookmark into each one telling the child the little prize they’ll get upon finishing the book. Click HERE for some summer reading ideas.
- New summer movies coming out? Create your own tickets with the opening date on them, letting your kids know you’ll be seeing some summer movies.
- If you’re planning a summer road trip, add a travel journal, maps, and reading material to learn about where you’ll be visiting.
This is a tradition we really love in our home. Let me know if you try it out! Summer’s allllmossst here!!