When Jake was little, I revelled in summer. Not only do I have the type of job that allows me to stay at home for 2 glorious months, but I'm a crafty type. I loved finding crafts and projects to do with him. Luckily, he was a very willing participant.
Don't be put off by the idea of crafts, thinking that every little thing has to be worthy of a full page spread in Martha Stewart and cost a ton of money. A trip to the dollar store, a little imagination, and some things around the house (or outside) can quickly make an afternoon of fun. Really!
Farmer's markets, decorating a canvas bag, a veggie/fruit safari, and a snack too!
A trip to the local farmer's market can be made a little sweeter by making this bag. Carry the theme a little farther and read "Eating the Alphabet". You can also do a "veggie safari" at a local grocery store by letting the kids pick what produce they would like to try, and then whipping up a tasty fruit/veggie plate. Don't forget the dip! (recipes coming soon)
Painting gone wild
Painting was one of Jake's favorite summertime activities. When he was really small, we'd tape a large piece of paper to our deck, squirt some finger paint on it, and let him go wild. On a sunny day, we'd be sure to have the lawn sprinkler or kiddie pool close by for a quick dip before he wandered in the house. This paint looks great for kids who have fine motor delays because they just squeeze it from a bottle. With food coloring in the ingredients, this looks like a messy (and somewhat permenant) activity, so I'd strip the kids down to bathing suits and do it outside.
With the pool/sprinkler ready, of course.