Hi everyone! There has been such an outstanding response to the SortaCrunchy Guide to a Super Summer: OUTDOOR EDITION. I can't wait to share with you what I've found for our INDOOR EDITION!
For Summer 2014, I'll have a nine year old, a six year old, and a pair of one year olds running around this place. I created these guides for myself more than anything else, so I've included activities and recipes that reflect our sorta crunchy family principles: simple, low-cost activities that place a high premium on encouraging kids to live creatively, and recipes that are whole-foods based and actively promote good health!
Stay tuned for one more guide on summer health and wellness!
photo credit: oh, the things we'll make
1. Not every activity needs pre-planning or some kind of end goal. This idea is illustrated perfectly in Painting for the Sake of Painting at Simply Rebekah.
2. It doesn't get much easier than this Simple Art Activity from Playtivities!
3. I know my big girls will totally dig this One Ingredient Rainbow Slime from Blog Me Mom.
4. And these DIY lacing cards right here are SortaCrunchy are a long-time favorite of ours!
Keeping a toddler busy indoors can sometimes be a daunting task, but many of these activities are easy enough that big brothers and sister can get in on the fun, too!
5. Baby Safe Cloud Dough, Lemon Lime Adventures
6. 12 Indoor Toddler Activities, Intentional by Grace
7. 5 Quiet Toddler Activities: Ideas for Independent Play, Creative with Kids
Because I have two (did I mention TWO?!) one year olds, I'm always looking for toddler activities. Follow my Lovin' Life with Toddlers Pinterest board for lots more good stuff!
photo credit: Nicole Bennett
8. My friend Nicole recently released her e-book Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching. I am DETERMINED that the girls and I are going to rock some sewing this summer! I've read Nicole's book and it is filled with helpful, easy to understand guidance on how to do everything from hand sewing to conquering your machine. For any families wanting to take up this art this summer, I highly recommend Nicole's book as a starting place!
9. If you aren't up to needle and thread projects quite yet, check out Nicole's felt ice cream craft tutorial at Gidget Goes Home.
10. A hands-on approach to promoting literacy: Making Books with Kids, A Delightful Home
11. This is one that I've been wanting to try with the girls for a long time: Melted Crayon Art from Simply Rebekah.
12. Frilly & Frugal Flip-Flops (A Delightful Home) could be a lot of fun to make for your little ones, or it could also be a great activity-based playdate on a hot summer afternoon for your older daughter and her friends.
13. Sometimes just turning kids loose to indulge in pretend play is the way to go. Check out these ideas at Nurture Store!
Tracy at Oh, the Things We'll Make has a number of t-shirt tutorials that would keep you busy on quite a few summer afternoons:
18. Sweet and whimsical, these wish garden plant markers may take a little more time to make, but they are also the kind of thing that can be held on to for years. (Imagine Childhood)
19. And stamped silver spoons are another creation that you and your kids can treasure for years to come: How to Stamp Silver at Eclectically Vintage.
20. Finally, this DIY Cardboard Box Play Sewing Machine at Little Red Window is a bit complex, but it could be just the right thing for older kids in need of a challenge.
I'll keep the ideas coming all summer long on my creative family living Pinterest board!
photo credit: John Morgan, Flickr
Of course, what better way to wile away a summer day indoors than with books? Here are some book lists to keep you inspired:
1. Our Favorite Board Books for Babies :: SortaCrunchy
2. Book Favorites for One to Two Year Olds :: Growing Book by Book
3. 10 Books to Read Aloud with Your 4 - 7 year olds :: Sarah Bessey
4. 25 Books With Crafts to Match :: No Time for Flashcards
5. Wacky Books for Reluctant Readers :: Imagination Soup
6. Non-Fiction Summer Reading List (3rd-5th grade) :: What Do We Do All Day
7. 100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14 :: NPR
8. 45 Great Comics and Graphic Novels for Kids :: Imagination Soup
9. 24 Middle Grade Chapter Book Series That Kids Love :: Imagination Soup
10. 23 Books for Your Perfect Young Adult Summer Reading List :: Mashable
photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt
Lunch is often a challenge for me in the summer, but it's especially tough to be inspired when stuck indoors. Here are some ideas to inspire your midday meal:
2. PB&J Apple Sandwiches :: Raia's Recipes
3. Simple Quesadillas :: The Humbled Homemaker
4. Real Food Lunch Ideas :: 100 Days of Real Food
5. Simple Summer Snacks for Kids :: Simple Kids
6. And yes, these are school lunch ideas, but they can easily make a fun summer lunch: 20 Non-Sandwich Lunches for Kids :: Keely McGuire
7. Clean-Eating Grown-Up Lunch Ideas :: The Gracious Pantry
Dinner can be a drag on days that are too rainy or hot to be outside. Here are some quick fixes:
8.40 Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less :: Intentional by Grace
9. 25 Crock Pot Meal Ideas :: My Humble Kitchen
I decided to include a section on ice cream recipes in the indoor guide because I can't think of a better way to spend a day inside than making classic summer treats!
10. Mark your calendar for July 21st - it's National Ice Cream Day! Krissa at More than Mundane will help you celebrate!
Other make-at-home ice cream ideas:
11. Fresh and Fruity Blender Ice Cream :: Raia's Recipes
12. Mandarin-Mint Sorbet (raw, vegan) :: Jar O' Honey
13. Peach Ice-Cream (dairy-free option) :: Recipes to Nourish
14. Rich Berry Sherbet :: Gidget Goes Home
15. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream :: Gidget Goes Home
16. Finally, if you are SERIOUS about making fantastic, delicious ice-cream with recipes based in real, nourishing foods, you have got to check out my friend Marillyn's e-book Just Making Ice Cream. She has developed over 70 taste-bud tingling recipes, and she teaches you how to make them at home with no fancy-pants equipment required. Trust me on this one, it's a great deal.
Sure, I shared some drinks in the Outdoor Edition of the Super Summer Guide, but can you ever have too many summer drink recipes? I think not!
17.Honey-Sweetened Ginger Ale :: Kitchen Stewardship
18. Chocolate Peppermint "Frosty" :: Raia's Recipes
19. Blended Watermelon Lemonade :: Recipes to Nourish
20. Cherry Mint Lemonade :: Recipes to Nourish
Check out these resources for even MORE indoor fun!
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