Summer Fun

Share Your Post at the NPN Blog Hop
I was so grateful to host the Natural Parents Network Blog Hop last week on Summer Fun for Children. Many great ideas were shared, some I've already put into practice. Here are some highlights from the blog hop:
Rebecca from Simply Natural Mom is one of my very favorite local, Knoxville bloggers. She shared several simple, fun summer fun ideas. I really loved her idea of making a picket fence chalkboard. This is an idea I am stealing! I know the kids will love this, and it looks so simple. She just used a little bit of chalkboard paint on a piece of plywood. What fun!
Momma Jorje shared some very helpful reminders for summertime especially since we're expected to hit record breaking heat this week. I learned a few new things in her post Keeping Your Children Hydrated. She really has inspired me to stay on top of hydrating the kids on these hot summer days. We're making sure we have plenty of water with us, always!
Little Hearts shared a fantastic post on 25 Reasons You Should NOT Keep Your Children Busy This Summer. This was an inspiring and fun post complete with heartwarming photos. It really encourages us to relax a bit and step back, let the kids take the reigns.  When given the space to learn, children will get creative and learn on their own.  I think I'll be checking back in with this list throughout the summer. What's a summer without imagination and wonder anyway?
If you are looking for some fun summer activities, don't worry we have you covered. There were some great posts on Tag games, Geo-Caching, colorful rice sensory bins, making a pirate treasure hunt and building your own obstacle course.
 Lastly, Gabby guides us through the creative process of drawing with our kids, particularly a watermelon.  It's not so much of a step by step tutorial, but more of a reminder of how to gently lead our children through the artistic process of creating and becoming an artist. I really enjoy how she encourages us to ask our children how they feel when they think about what they're drawing, then make marks representing those feelings. I will be putting these techniques to use.
Thank you to all of the bloggers that participated, I enjoyed reading all your posts and learning from you. It wasn't a minute too soon, summer is in full effect! We're supposed to have temperatures here over 100 degrees this week!

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