So summer. Had descended like nobody's business. And I am woefully ill-equipped to handle the needs of an active and curious almost-six-year-old and her equally active and curious little sister. Happily for me (and her little sister) Wallie will continue her preschool schedule all the way through the summer. But Bunny, until her camps kick in (in August) needs stuff to do. Fingers crossed that a trip to Hawaii will happen between now and then, but until then...send help.
I do have some tips and suggestions for keeping kids busy (and parents sane this summer—esp. the last tip so please click through!), but as always, please feel free to share what you are doing. Please. My kids' happiness depends on it.
My girls love playing house, but have never been into playing with babies. Until now. Tata hooked them up with Abby and Lucy from Pottery Barn Kids and they turned a corner. Diapering, feeding, burping—what could be more fun? They are the two best mamas on the block. The soft, cloth babies are so charming, but I think their favorite baby is Ba- Ba- Baby Elmo. He's active and responsive, and even Bunny loves taking care of him because, shoot, he's one of the most beloved children's characters ever.
Our community pool kicks into gear next week and we'll be there as often as possible. In the mean time we've tried to beat the heat by playing in our own blow up pool (lame), playing in a friend's blow up pool (better, cuz, you know, friends), running in the sprinklers (seems so wasteful but at least it waters the brown patch we call a lawn), and most funnest of all splashing with the Step2 Fun Flow Sink. It's like a sand and water table except it's water only. It doesn't waste water because it recycles the water in the sink with its faucet pump, and it has a timer which shuts the faucet off after 5 minutes. It's perfect for our small backyard and best of all, no icky sand to deal with.
And speaking of babies, they've rediscovered their stuffed animals. The collection I've tried to whittle down over the past two years is suddenly getting lots of love. Their favorite game is "zoo" where they take the animals outside and tuck them under bushes and in the hedges. I guess that's more like "San Diego Zoo." It's really cute...as long as you know they are there. Otherwise, can be kinda startling if you're not expecting to see a bunny and a turtle in the grass.
Fun reads for the summer: Fairy Foals (unicorny, Stevie Nicks-y-style magic featuring baby horses—10x awesome), In a Blue Room, magical bedtime book by San Francisco author Jim Averbeck, and Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World (not as good as our similar favorite Owen & Mzee, since Knut can now actually kill his owner, but still cute).
Lastly, wherever you are, please check out The Savvy Source for summer camp ideas and...dun dun dun...the Being Savvy guides--almost 20+ city guides are listed for your browsing pleasure and are written by the most talented City Editors in the blogosphere (bloggers you know and love!). They scour their cities daily for the best most enriching activities to do with preschoolers. I'm especially excited about this because this is the big project I've been working on since late April. I hired all these amazing writers so please go give them lots of love. More cities are coming on each day so check back often! I plan on doing a more detailed, linklovey post about this next week.
How 'bout you? What are you doing to get though the summer? Besides slipping a little "get up and go" into your morning coffee.