August 2, 2013
I joked with my friend Michelle that the term 'family vacation' could really be an oxymoron. To me, a real vacation is time away from anything that's draining. A family vacation, be it to Disney, Grandma's, or the Grand Canyon, still requires thought, planning, energy and room for meltdowns. What She needs a vacation from, and where She's vacationing and with is top of mind. Or could you give her a vacation from something, or a suggestion on where to go? A freezer full of ready to go meals is a beautiful thing to come home to...just saying.
She Buzz Words
Right now she could be
Reading a food label
Wrapping up leftovers
Seeking a cappuccino
PBS offers these free family fun summer ideas for Preschoolers
Treasure your preschooler's enthusiasm. The day will come when she's too cool to get excited about trips to the playground or grocery store adventures, so make the most of low-key summer fun while you can!
Most kids like to play with their food, and this is the season to let them. Tape paper to the sidewalk or a picnic table. Prepare instant pudding and add food coloring in your kids' favorite shades. Take off their shirts or put on old smocks and let them finger paint with a delicious treat. They can lick their hands clean before you hose them off!
When it comes to vacations, many preschoolers get as excited about the transportation as they do about the destination. If your budget doesn't allow for a plane trip this summer, you can still take kids to your local airport and watch the jets take off.
Take a Hike
Kids don't need expensive equipment or the Appalachian Trail to experience the joys of hiking. Just slip on sturdy sneakers and pack water bottles to hit the trail. Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, there are probably interesting walks in your own hometown. Make the adventure even more engaging by putting together a page of pictures for a kid-friendly scavenger hunt with common items — from clovers and honeysuckle to trash receptacles and benches, depending on your destination.
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