Tuesday, May 24, 2011

End of School Basket

On the last day of school it is a tradition to have a basket for the kids filled with goodies to get excited about summer.  This year I did one big basket filled with FUN!
End of School Basket I’m really excited to give it to the kids tomorrow.  Some of it are things that we already had, and the other things are stuff that I buy for the summer anyway.  Here are some of the things:
  • Roasting sticks (from Target’s dollar section) and marshmallows
  • Our hike book with a package of bubble gum to chew while we hike
  • Glycerin for our big bubbles
  • Movie theater candy for our summer movies
  • Cones for Dad’s running games
  • Coke with Mentos taped to the outside for our Science Day
  • A science experiment kit
  • Summer reading programs
  • Flyers of Summer Sports camps
  • Shrinky Dink paper
  • Ziploc of change and bills for summer garage sales
  • Slip in Slide
  • Map of a road trip we are taking
  • Water balloons
  • Doodle book and Sketch book
  • Letter to each of the kids highlighting what we remember and enjoyed about their school year.  Stephen and I each write one to them because we each went to different activities or helped on different projects.  I usually stick these in their school scrapbooks.
We sign up for the Barnes and Noble reading program, the public library AND I do my own scripture one with the kids…
Summer Reading
And the other thing I wanted to share was this summer fun doodle book.  It would be perfect for traveling or just doodling.  There are some really fun starter pages like “What is sitting on the eggs,  Who is jummping on the trampoline, What picture is on the Viking’s shield,  What is in this cave….  LOVE this book!  You can check it out here on Amazon -The Boys' Doodle Book: Amazing Pictures to Complete and CreateChildren's Drawing Books)

Oh, I’m excited for summer!!!!  I’ve got a little summer plan that I will share later this week.  I also need to get all caught up on what we have been doing.  This is just such a busy time of year.


Janessa said...

Love it! Thanks for all of the great ideas. We still have 7 more days of school (but who's counting?) This is going to be my first summer with 6 kids and I'm a little nervous. Excited, but nervous:) I look forward to hearing about your other plans.

Lorie said...

Such a fun way to start the summer. We just did our annual start of Summer trip to Costco, but this would have been a much funner way to present it!

Lorie said...

PS - I am going to link up to this tomorrow!

jack!e @ One Saturday Morning said...

I can't remember how I came across your blog, but I have been reading it for a few months now... I am newly pregnant with my first child and so enjoy reading all of your posts and getting great ideas that I hope to use with my own children one day. Your family seems wonderful! Thank you!

lindsy said...

Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas! We still have 3 weeks of school here (my oldest is in kindergarten, so this is our first official summer break). I still have time to get a fun bucket together. Thank you!

Daniela@isreview1 said...

What a great fun idea!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I love how you presented this! Such great ideas too! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Be different, act normal.

The Dixons said...

I love it!! We are coming to your house for the summer! ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

Mom said...

This sounds like lots of fun! Where do you get all your good ideas?

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

I can't thank you enough for this idea!

I can't wait to get started on my kiddos bucket!

Thanks for sharing!

lindsy said...

Hi Shauna
could you tell me where you found your scripture reading chart page. I know I've seen it before and I've been looking all over for it, but I can't seem to find it.

Anonymous said...

I loved this idea and I ended up making one of these for my kids. I linked to you here in my post

Thanks for the great idea! I love reading your blog and we have the bookmarks next on our list to make!

Jessica said...

I found your blog via Pinterest and I'm hooked! Love all your cute ideas for fun to do with the kids! I will definitely steal some of these to use with my kids this summer. Thank you!

tarable said...

I would love to find that scripture reading chart too - is it a download from somewhere? I can't wait to explore your blog further for fun family ideas.