Hello, friends! Before I embark on sharing our summer plans, I want to offer a few qualifiers:
NO, we will not be strictly following these plans every day of summer. Summer is about flexibility and freedom, and we’ll be sure not to forget that.
YES, sometimes we will get super lazy (that is, full of summer freedom!) and throw all of our plans out the window in lieu of whatever strikes our fancy that day.
NO, we aren’t looking to spend a lot of money with these summer plans. Some, yes; but I’m trying to keep these plans as accessible as possible.
YES, even in summer, even if we scrap the themed activities of the day, we will still complete our daily chores (to the best of our ability). The daily chores are — get dressed/get in pajamas, put dirty clothes in hamper, make bed, water/tend to garden plot, read, and practice piano.
Outdoor activities are always encouraged, and screen time will be limited to 2 1/2 hours per day, split into half hour increments. John will be given five 30-minute “screen time” cards he can use at his discretion, but when they are gone, they are gone.
I know how I operate and how my kids operate, and a plan like this will work well for us. It might not work as well for you, and that’s fine! However summer hits you, I hope it’s a good one.
Without further ado… MASTERCHEF MONDAYS!
John and I recently watched Masterchef Jr. on Hulu, and he loved it so much (and so did I!). Our main goal for Mondays will be choosing and making some sort of food, and John will do this (somewhat) by himself. We’ll probably do our grocery shopping for the week on Mondays also, so this will coincide well.
We own several items from the Curious Chef line of products. We don’t own this exact set in the Amazon link, but we have a few strong (but safe!) knives and other cooking utensils that are perfect for John’s little (clumsy) hands. The Internet is, of course, swimming with kid-friendly recipes, as any Google or Pinterest search will prove, but if you want to put a book in your child’s hands, here are a few I love:
Cooking Class by Deanna F. Cook — I like this book because it starts out with the basics. What are your basic kitchen tools? What do they do? It also has a fun overview of kitchen vocabulary with photos.
National Geographic Kids Cookbook — This book is great because it is divided into months, with different recipes and activities for the entire year. Although it’s subtle, it touches on eating locally grown foods in season, which is a passion of mine.
Wild Eats and Adorable Treats by Jill Mills — This one is just fun! All of the recipes require way more time than I would normally spend “designing” food, but if John wants to make a turkey and cheese sandwich that looks like a cow, more power to him.
In addition to actually prepping and making foods, our “masterchef” activities will be: watching Masterchef Jr. (told ya this would be here), making sand pies at the beach we are lucky enough to live five minutes away from, washing dishes (because it’s truly an important part of the food-making process/I don’t want to be stuck with it all at night), and — everyone’s favorite — MATH WORKSHEETS!
I also want us to do at least a few worksheets everyday, so we don’t forget things, like writing our names on papers and stuff. Math seems to work nicely with the cooking theme, so here are a couple links with free, printable math worksheets for preschool-elementary aged kiddos.
That’s all for Masterchef (Mathterchef I’m so sorry) Mondays! Tune back next week when I hit you with a bunch of ideas for Tech-Free Tuesdays… and yes, this one scares me a little (a lot). Happy planning!