Croquet is one of the oldest lawn games around. Sure it’s fun, but there are those heavy mallets and even heavier balls — an accident waiting to happen with young children. Here’s a version that makes croquet more kid friendly and more fun.
Garden or tent stakes (preferably something with a flat top)
Glow sticks are perfect for brightening up a rainy day or creating some late night fun. If the weather is dreary, head to the basement or a dark interior room for some glow fun. Or, if you’re taking advantage of a beautiful summer night, you can enjoy these activities outside.
You’ll just need a variety of glow sticks, necklaces and a few more supplies depending on which activities you want to do.
Before you get started:
Check the yard or play space for any tripping hazards.
Hand out flashlights, or put an extra flashlight near a safe place for children to take a break.
A summer nature notebook is a fun way to notice the changes and special events of summertime.
Throughout the summer, the days grow longer and then shorter again. Temperatures rise and fall. We have days of rain and days of sunshine. Plants grow and bloom. Encourage your child to notice changes, in the light, the stars, in plants and animals and the weather. Have him or her make note of these observations in the journal.
Collecting a few leaves or flowers (with permission, of course) will also tell the story of summer and give you material for beautiful summer cards.
A small notebook
Plain paper to press plants. Think about how many pages you want to have in your notebook, you can add more later. Stack the paper up and use a three-hole punch to make a row of holes the left side of the pages.
Heavy paper or card stock, for summer cards. Cardstock should be cut in half, and folded later to make small cards.
Pencils, watercolors, colored pencils, or pens
A small collection of plants that you have permission to collect
Large heavy books to press your plants or a flower press
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