Schools Out For Summer…Time for KidVentures

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We’ve wrapped up preschool and second (!!) grade successfully, and now we are onto bigger and better things- namely, summer vacation.

We have day camp happening, we have friends visiting, I have a fortieth birthday celebration weekend (or three) in the works, and we are heading to the Smoky Mountains for vacation. However, there are still many, many, many summer days to be filled. This is where KidVentures comes in.

KidVentures is authored by local mama Jen Murray. You may know her as Quatro Mama, as she’s the mom to quad six year old boys (aside- you may have seen her whole family in a recent Conner Prairie television¬†commercial¬†. Jen is a hands-on mama in the best kind of way, and shares some of her families favorite activities in KidVentures.

As I flip through the ebook, I see our summer gently unfolding. There’s coffee can ice cream and there’s jump in a pile of leaves, two things I just need reminding to do. But there’s also build your own zipline for toys and build your own sprinkler– can you even imagine?!?

KidVentures spells out, step by step, material by material, exactly what’s needed for 50 different hands on, power-free activities for kids. There are also accompanying printables, which includes diagrams for more complex projects. There are also a few forms for activities of observation, and a sweet checklist for a camping trip.

When left to their own devices, my kids invent games. Very weird, hilarious games. Maybe this will make it into KidVentures II.
When left to their own devices, my kids invent games. Very weird, hilarious games. Maybe this will make it into KidVentures II.

I think I’m going to have Meg peruse the list and pick a few to try, and have Andrew do the same thing. On days they aren’t at camp, we can pick a few to do, and we won’t be vegetating in front of Mario Kart or Candy Crush or whatever the next obsession will be.

KidVentures is available as an pdf ebook, as well as for Kindle through Amazon. Go check it out, and get your whole family off the couch!

How do you keep your kids engaged in the summer? Do you have rules about electronics and passive activities?

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