It's summertime - THE best time for the year for making memories. But, admit it parents, there is at tiny piece of you that thinks, "Oh crap, now I have to be an event coordinator...every day...for over 2 months...". Well, this activity can help. It's flexible - adaptable to many ages, lengths of time and challenges. And it's a win-win for all - kids get off the couch AND can take their electronics with them!
The Summer Scavenger
The foundation of this activity is to take a photo or video of each action item in whatever theme you choose. Then, at the end of summer, place the shots or clips into a fun keepsake project that they can have in their rooms or take to school.
First step: Pick a length of time you want to fill; hour, day, week, all summer.
Second step: Pick a theme. This is where you can go crazy...here are just some ideas;
- Checking off the summer bucket list (if you make a bucket list for summer, take a photo of them completing the item) Here is a good summer-long list!
- Different bugs or flowers ('dig up' a list of bugs or flowers in your region and set them on a hunt!)
- Around Town - make a list of places and popular items around town. As you pass or stop by them over the summer, get a shot!
- Good Deeds - if your family sets a goal to accomplish some good deeds this summer, make sure you get them on film!
- For the little ones - make a list of finding items for every color of the rainbow, or shapes or textures or even numbers (say 1-10!)
- Take a shot of the foods you eat this summer! Whether it's at the stadium or park or a trip or even at a loved local joint, take a close-up!
- Make a summer scrapbook of all the activities you do - amusement parks, nature parks, museums, even the mall. Record them. You'll be amazed at how much you cram into your summer. You can group them together or each one separately.
- For the older ones, create a 'selfies' list - locations where they need to get a selfy picture. Or, here is a link to a creative video hunt for Tweens. Also for the older ones, you can turn this into a timed competition. Or even a challenge - where they need to solve riddles or problems before getting the clue!
- If you are looking for more ideas, here is a good photo hunt list!
Third Step: Take the pictures or videos (be sure to keep video clips very short - like <5 secs.)
Final Step: Take this files and create something that will help them remember what a great summer this was! Here is a list of suggestions:
- www.Picaboo.com - You can take a photo and have it made into the cover of a notebook - perfect for back-to-school (one thing off the list - yah!)
- Download a photo collage app - they will take pictures right from your phone and make them into a fun, color collage.
- Or print a collage, photo book or canvas through Shutterfly or PicMonkey. (Sign up for their emails for special deals!)
- Buy blank cards from Michael's or Walmart and when it's time to send a thank you or note into the teacher, print one of your photos and, using double-sided tape, affix them onto the front of the card!
- Contact me to create a fabulous video set to music and special effects!
Have a fun and safe summer!