My kids are busy! They move from one activity to the next before I can blink, therefore, it is so hard for me to keep up with them. I decided to clear out a small area in the corner of my living room and create an activity center for them. I added a table with chairs and a small rolling cart. I used a nook sized table and chairs, but if your kiddo’s are small, you could use a miniature sized table and chairs. My rolling cart is from IKEA, but they have similar carts at Target, you can check those out, here. I placed this summer activity center in my living room because they do not like to be in a room where I am not, annoying, but true. I try to take it as a compliment! This fun, summer activity center takes 15 minutes to set up and saves you hours of time digging out supplies and toys for your kiddos throughout the day.
We took a trip to Barnes and Noble to find some summer workbooks and a couple of books to read throughout the summer. After searching the isles, I decided on Scholastic, Summer Express Workbook for each of them. I bought it for the grade level above, so it was more of a challenge versus a repeat of what they already know. It is organized into 10 weeks and days 1-5 per week. The books are SUPER EASY to follow, and there are sticker charts for them to mark their progress. The weeks are a mix of subjects, which I like because it enhances all areas of learning throughout the week rather than one subject at a time, like most workbooks I have used in the past summers.
On the cart, (or you can use a bookshelf), I have placed their workbooks, plain paper, reading books, a few card games, a giant floor puzzle, a small puzzle, blocks inside a storage tin, tinker toys, magnetic tiles, princess domino’s, a matching game, and a table top supply organizer with glue, glue sticks, scissors, twine, markers, Crayolas, pens and pencils. I plan to rotate a few toys throughout the weeks and add more books as we move through the summer.
Now, I can do my chores while they play with educational toys, uninterrupted!