This is it! We finished our Camp Watkinez program! 7 weeks of summer fun has come to an end. Next week, we change gears and adjust our schedules for back-to-school. First grade already?! Eek!
We didn't have as many activities this week, due to the fact that we were shopping for all his school stuff. Still, we were able to squeeze in a few!
I know the Brodster's school is starting much earlier than other schools, so I hope our activities this week help you out for the rest of your summer. To be quite honest, I'm tuckered out! I spent hours on Pinterest and Craftgawker, looking for anything than would match the theme of the week. Still, it was a lot of fun and I hope Brody remembers the time we spent together. We have never had a whole summer to ourselves before (I had always been working), so this is definitely a time I won't forget. The summer of Brody and mom!
Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt
Okay, okay - this was a total con. It's really just running errands and getting Brody prepared for school next week. So why not make it fun? We took the list to Staples and made it a game: a scavenger hunt for all his school supplies! Once we got home, we made sure to label all his items (we use Mabel's Labels). Teaching responsibility here, people! :)
This was a lot of fun to create! We have been organizing the bedrooms, trying to get the room for the nursery cleared out, so there was a bit of a ruckus upstairs. The scavenger hunt was a great way to escape the mess for a while and give Brody a special activity just for him. It all took a matter of minutes, but it was just enough to give the guy a fun new "treasure" to discover (it was a gloriously golden box of mac 'n cheese, which he ate for lunch that day).
As much as I would have loved to come up with my own riddles, it was much easier to use the 10 Treasure Hunt Clues from iMom instead. The site even tells you where to place the clues. Hey, at least I designed the notecards (click here for the free printable)!
Captain Hook's Nook
Early on, Patrick and I had decided to do a Peter Pan themed room for baby Louie. This past week, Brody and I were able to get a little more cleared out for the nursery, so I had him help me decorate a small section of the room, which we fondly named "Captain Hook's Nook". I sketched a simple hook on a canvas, and Brody painted it. I added the black border to really have the colors pop. Now Brody has officially helped decorate his little brother's room! (Recognize the design? You've probably seen my illustration here).
We added a pirate ship as décor, which used to be played with by the Brodster. He was actually fantastic about sharing it with Louie. We added a few Disney figurines that fit with the set quite nicely.
I had planned on working these activities in for the week, but we just ran out of time (plus, I'm always worn out by Fridays). I'm sure we'll work these in on a quiet weekend some time soon!
Scavenger Hunt for Dad: Have the kids create their own clues to challenge dad to find his own treasure!
Pirate-themed lunch: Have a picnic with fun "pirate" treats
Pirate Crafts: What better way to have a treasure hunt than to be a pirate? Make these crafts to become real swashbucklers!
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