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Starting the summer off Right, hello Bingo!

Hello lovelies! I'm feeling quite pumped and happily free since school ended for us on Monday, and summer break has just begun! I'm also firm believer in the importance of beginnings and taking advantage of starting good habits, so the children and I sat down first thing yesterday morning and decided what the summer rules are, and the consequences for breaking them, as well. I find it's much more effective when the children decide these things. Also, we set up a summer schedule we can all live with, which has proven to be very essential in order for all of us to look forward to the fun there is in store. In case you think me a control. freak, I must have to remind you that I'm a mom of seven. Yes, SEVEN, and once mom is burned out (which happens too quickly when things are all in disarray) no one enjoys anything. AT ALL. True story! I must say I'm quite impressed with the children, they did a wonderful job. Everyone woke up this morning knowing the expectations, and the spirit of accomplishment and looking forward to the rewarding activities is in the air! But that's not all we have done, we've also resurrected a favorite of the children's and started their favorite summer boredom buster: Summer Bingo! I got this idea years ago from a real good friend of mine from my Spokane WA. days, Stacy Julian (oh, you MUST check out her blog, she is simply AMAZING-in real life as well as online!). So, without anymore said, here is what we'll be doing around here:

Ages: 3-7


J21SUMMER ˜ BINGOTT

Wash a car with a sibling


Read
an
article in
The Friend with somone

Play
outside
for
one
hour

Read 5 verses in the bof  Mormon with someone who can help you

Ask mom how you can earn money for your mission.
Do a service for some-
One (without telling)

Pick an activity from the “boredom jar” and do it
Make
something
in the
kitchen
(get approval from mom)
Go on a nature walk and  bring
something
home
Organize
or decorate
something
in your
room
Jump on
the
trampoline
for 30
minutes

Make up
Some kind
of water game
& play it
Do a homework assignment (assigned by Mom)
Play a card or board game with a
sibling
Draw or paint a picture
Practice tying your shoe
Make
Kool Aid or Pudding pops for the family
Go roller blading in the front yard (20-30min.)

Make
up a
scavenger
hunt for
a friend

learn how to play a small song on the piano

Write a
Thank you
note or
letter and
mail it

Blow bubbles in the backyard with Alyssa and/or Amy

Work on an art project


Arrange a play date with a friend

Ride your bike for 1/2 hour

  
Ages: 8-12


J21SUMMER ˜ BINGOTT


Wash a car with a sibling


Read
an
article in
The Friend

Play
outside
for
one
hour

Read your
book in
a special
place

Plan a day trip for the family.
Do a service for some-
One (without telling)

Pick an activity from the boredom jar” and do it
Make
something
in the
kitchen
(get approval from mom)
Go on a nature walk and  bring
something
home
Organize
or
decorate
something
in your
room
Jump on
the
trampoline
for 30
minutes

Make up
some
kind
of
water game
& play it
Do a homework assignment (assigned by Mom)
Play a
board game
with a
brother
Draw/paint a picture with Amy &/or Alyssa
Read with Justin &/or Alyssa/Amy
Make
Kool Aid or Pudding pops for the family
Go roller blading in the front yard (20-30min.)

Make
up a
scavenger
hunt for
a friend

Collect pop cans and cash them in for mission money

Write a
Thank you
note or
letter and
mail it

Practice learning a song on the piano

Work on an art project
(carving, building, drawing)

Read
your book
in the back yard

Take Amy &/or Alyssa on a walk to see the horses

To modify and print your own, simply copy and paste into a word document!
Find Rules and rewards HERE.

This worked out so well with my children, that I also created one of my own for Mom. I call it Mommy Bingo:
J21Mommy ˜ BINGOTT

Read an article in the Ensign with Husband each night before bed


Update Blog at least one time this week

Make a card or homemade bread for a friend or neighbor

Call a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile

Take a child out on a “Mommy and me time” date

Make a Theme dinner and enjoy with the family

Work on a page for the scrapbook each day this week

Visit a friend or V.T. sister

Read a book for book group this week

Run an extra ½ mile each run this week

Do your weightlifting workout 3Xs this week

Work on a project that you have been starting/ finishing

Write a letter to a missionary

Invite a family over to eat dinner or play games

Go on a date with Husband. Try something new

Take time out to take a relaxing bath or get a pedicure

Enjoy a story with the children each night this week

Memorize a poem or favorite scripture.


Invite a friend and her children to a park for lunch

Send a card to someone to let them know you are thinking about them

Read an article in the church   newspaper

Go on a bike ride with the kids

Spend at least and hour on jewelry making  this week

Organize a closet or area and get rid of at least 10 items.

Play a board game with the family


J21Mommy ˜ BINGOTT

Look into a class you have been wanting to take at the college


Update your blog talking about “cute things the children say”
Have a  friend’s children over so they can get something done

Share your testimony with someone else

Work on a sewing project

Plan a family outing everyone will enjoy

Make a list of 20 things that make you happy

Study the scriptures using the Preach my Gospel manual

Go out to lunch with a friend

Work on a project for your calling

Work on a new song on the piano at least once a day this week

Get started on Christmas list and cards

Go running with husband at least once this week

Play a board or card
 game
with someone

Listen to an inspirational talk on CD/ipod


Let go of those loose pants and replace them

Pick one bad habit to work on and replace it

Memorize a poem or favorite scripture.


List 10 best qualities about my man and let him know

Go for a swim

Listen to the radio at least 3X this week

Go to Breakfast with my honey

Get some
Video footage of the children (at least 30 min.)

Take a child out for “Mommy and Me time”

Go roller blading


 I created this one a couple years ago, but it gives you the idea. I fill it in with things I want myself to make time to do and decide what rewards I can enjoy myself. Anything goes!

Let me know if you implement this idea, and tell me how you liked it! 

*Also, if there are any ideas I mentioned that you would like me to share, let me know! (eg.) Rules, summer schedule, etc.

8 comments:

  1. What a cool way to add fun to your summer. Thanks for telling us how to make our own.

    I use Bingo for my chore list. Doing this makes the chores more fun and actually is a motivator. Guess I am easily amused. I wrote about it here in case you want to read it.

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  2. Sorry, I forgot to leave the link: http://fruitfulwords.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/bingo-helps-me-get-things-done/

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  3. I just did my summer fun listy thing this week, will be blogging about it later today. I like this way of doing it too.

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  4. Thanks for posting this! There is a facebook group that shares summer bingo ideas at this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/95260588875/

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  7. How fun! I pinned this and I'm sharing on facebook. What a great idea.
    Thank you for joining us at Let's Get Social Sunday.
    I also have a link party that starts on Tuesday's at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    I would love for you to come by.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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