I love the lazy days of summer, but sometimes that’s a recipe for sibling bickering and whining if you don’t have some sort of plan. I’m not a very structured person and that is why I need some sort of structure to keep me on track.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to over schedule our days because I also think it’s important for kids to be able to find their own fun, but I don’t want to waste our days away because we have no plan at all. This year I’m determined to find a good balance of scheduled activities and “loosely planned,” lazy days.
Since I am a very visual person, it’s best if everything is laid out there in front of me to see. So I decided to hang giant calendars on the wall to serve as a visual reminder to keep some kind of loose plan. There’s really nothing fancy about what I did, but here’s what you need:
- 3 poster boards
- washi tape or some kind of decorative tape
- Scotch tape
- 3M hook
Using the wash tape, I created the grid for each month’s calendar. I still need to make August because someone swiped my third poster board. I’m not naming names, but he is short and cute.
Then I just used a different color marker for each child’s scheduled activities and a color for family activities like vacations.
Then I linked them together with ribbon and hung them on the wall. The poster board is flopsy, so you will also need to tape the back.
All of our scheduled things like camp and vacations are marked, then I have a list of ideas next to it to help fill in the blanks on days we need ideas.
Truly nothing fancy going on here. Handwritten to do list in fun colors and literally used the washi tape to hang it on the wall. We can easily add to the list and add another sheet below it if needed.
Now, on unplanned days, we can look over at our summer checklist and see our options or even better yet, make a plan for the next day.
It’s silly, but I’m in love with these calendars.
That washi tape can make anything fun!
So, how about you?
Are you ready for the summer?!
What do you do to stay on track to avoid the whining trap?
Feel free to leave ideas or links in the comments area!