Summer Fun with a Letter a Day

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Are you ready for summer? I know I am!! And so are my kids! They can hardly wait for our trips to the “beach” (aka lake with a nice sandy beach) to resume. In fact, my girls wore their new swimsuits around the house with their water shoes the other day. I couldn’t convince them to take them off.

Whether you’re a homeschool mom or not, the kids will eventually say that dreaded 5 letter word – BORED. No matter how much time they spend outside with friends or games they play, they always end up saying they’re bored.

Well this year…I have a solution!!

Summer is just around the corner and you're sure to hear the word BORED at least a time or two. So why not mix it up this summer with fun Letter a Day activities! ::

A while back a friend of mine was stressing over Spring Break with her little ones, as she had been very ill and it was taking its toll on her both physically and emotionally. She was exhausted before Spring Break even started. So, she came up with a wonderful suggestion that I am totally stealing!! Thanks Holly! 😉

Letter Days

What are letter days? They are days dedicated to one particular letter of the alphabet. The point is to do activities that day, eat foods, read books and more beginning with that letter! Now, doesn’t that sound like fun?

Of course, it may take some planning, but I think it will be a BIG hit in our house – and the perfect way to reinforce those letters and sounds we’ve been working on this year!!

It’s a win-win!

Now, this isn’t something you have to do each day. You could just pick and choose what letters you want to do or have the kids pick the letter out of a hat and make it up as you go. Have the kids help think of activities, crafts and food that goes with your daily letter! They will really get in to it and have a blast!!

Here’s some ideas to get you started

Aapples, apricots, asparagus, apple picking, apple painting, visit an animal farm, visit an aquarium, identify animal tracks, Johnny Appleseed, grow apple seeds

B – blueberries, blackberries, balloon animals, backyard fun, bike ride, baking treats, play baseball, go to a baseball game, go to the beach, Printables: Bats, Birds, Butterflies, Beach, Baseball

C – cake, carrots, celery, cookies, cooking with Mom, candy making, circles, Camping Printables

D – donuts, dragons, dogs, dinosaurs, drawings, visit Dad at work (if you’re able), dress-up, dance party, Dinosaur printables

E – eggplant (eat and/or study), eggs, enchiladas, elbow macaroni art, Endangered Animals Printables

F – French Toast, fruit, fruit roll-ups, fish sticks, friends, Food Pyramid/food groups, make a fake fishbowl, buy a fish

– grapes, granola, green jello, garlic bread, green vegetables, GO outside, Go on a walk, lay in the green grass, look at different types of grass, move around like a gorilla all day, work in the garden, Gardening Printables

– Honey Nut Cheerios, Hashbrowns, honeydew melon, hot dogs, keep your happy faces on all day (hehe), make happy faces, handprint crafts

– iced donut, ice cream, Italian food, have an ice cream taste test, make homemade ice cream, paint with colored ice cubes, Indoor campout, Insects Printables, Ice Cream printables

– juice, jello, jellybeans, Jam sandwiches, make homemade Jam, cupcake liner Jellyfish craft, make your own jellyfish in a bottle, jungle theme

– Special K cereal, Kix, kabobs, kettle corn, kiwi, key sort, make a kite, fly a kite

– Lucky Charms, Life cereal, lasagna, leftovers, gather leaves, lantern craft, watch for lightning bugs, LEGO day, sell lemonade for a charity or your church, Lemonade Stand printables

– maple syrup on pancakes, macaroni, milk, masks, make marshmallow guns, mining games, memory games, fun with magnets

– Nesquik chocolate milk, nuts, noodles, nachos, nests, Ninja nunchucks, noodle painting, Ninja Printables

– Oranges, oatmeal, omelette, oatmeal cookies (make with mom), orange prints, onion printing, owl craft, Ocean Animals Printables, Outer Space printables

– pancakes, Pineapple, plums, pears, pizza, puzzles, make your own playdough, practice piano, pink, purple, pasta art, diy parachute, visit a park, go on a picnic, Penguins printables, Picnic Printables

– Quaker Oats, quinoa, quesadillas, queso, make a quilt (mini one, of course or start a larger one), Q-tip crafts & painting

– Rice cereal, rice, roast, raspberries, ravioli, red potatoes, make rainbows with light or as a craft, letter rubbings, take a run, run and play, wear red, Rainforest printables

– sausage biscuits, sausage, sugar snap peas, spaghetti, sweet potatoes, stroganoff, dress like a superhero, stay up and look at the stars, make your own stars, snakes, Star Wars Day, Star Wars printables, Soccer printables

– toast, tacos, tomatoes, turkey, make toffee, identify different trees as you walk, turtles, tree art, build a tent with blankets, build tunnels, transportation printables

– uncooked food, ugli (a fruit), upsidedown cake (make together), underground craft, umbrellas, unicorns

– vanilla yogurt, vanilla pudding, vegetable soup, vegetables, veggie burger, vacuum (okay, so they might not like it, but make it a game), make you own volcano, have fun with some velcro, vehicle printables (aka transportation)

– waffles, wheat bread, wontons, watermelon, water games, water balloons, water day, watermelon suncatchers, water xylophone

– X-mas cookies (yep…I’m stretching here), x-rays (pretend or make your own), xylophone craft, make a xylophone, Letter “X” craft, play Tic-Tac-Toe

– yogurt (make your own), yellow squash, yams, yolks from the eggs, wear yellow, yarn lacing, yarn craft, Yoda Lunch

– zucchini bread, zucchini (it’s awesome grilled or sauteed), animal crackers (zoo), “Put me in the Zoo” activity, visit the Zoo, be a little Zany, dress zany, Zoo printables

Other ABC Ideas to make the most of your Letter Days

What would you add to this list? What would be your favorite day?

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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  1. What a neat idea for summer fun. I love that it could be a simple or complicated as I choose to make it and still be fun.

    1. Thank you!! It’s perfect to fill those days when Mom has no energy or to make it a HUGE deal!! Enjoy and have FUN!! 🙂

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