As my boys get older, I find that they need to be more entertained especially during the summer. Although camps are fun, and my boys participate in half-day ones for a few weeks, they can be expensive so I need to find more activities to occupy their time. To help engage them I decided to develop themed days based on topics they really enjoy. I found that my boys loved having themed days and/or weeks throughout the summer. They loved helping me plan the activities and creating some of their own. In fact, even after summer ended, they continued to ask for various themed days and would even put them together themselves.
Since themed days are fun and easy to plan, implement and enjoy, I figured they were a perfect way to create my own at-home camp. Many day camps offer themed days and weeks which interest kids so why not do the same thing at home? Putting together your own summer camp at home can be easy, affordable and fun for everyone. In this post, I am going to offer some tips on getting started along with great theme day activities.
The first step in planning your Do It Yourself Summer Camp is deciding when and for how long you want it to last. You can choose to come up with ideas all summer or narrow it down to just one month. You can also do it as a way to countdown to a vacation by making the themes and activities based around where you will be traveling to.
Once you have decided on the length of your camp, you have to decide how long it will take place each day. Will you offer structured activities or themes for a few hours in the morning or will the theme carry throughout the day?
After you decide on your days and times, it is time to pick the themes. We have come up with some fun and exciting themes over the past few summers that we wanted to share with you. Plus, we are always thinking of new ones that we cannot wait to share. For instance, we will soon bring you a Moana day as well as a Weather Day (at my son’s request).
Themed Camp Days
Planning a Disney Vacation? Turning your at-home camp into a Disney Countdown is a perfect way to come up with activities and adventures. Here is how to put together your own countdown:
Choosing Your Own Theme
Now that we have inspired you, you can come up with some of your own themes based on your child’s interest! There are 4 elements that I find important for planning a themed day: story time, craft, pretend play and snack. For each day, find some books the kids can read, put together a fun craft, allow them time to engage in imaginary play and make a yummy snack together. Other ideas are taking a fun day trip, conducting a science experiment and watching a related movie.
Found a theme you like? Now it’s time to create your schedule. You can draw up a calendar for the kids and enlist them to help decide on the activities. You can also take a trip to your local craft store and library to get supplies/books to go along with your theme. I also recommend planning some day trips that incorporate the theme like visiting the zoo on an Animal Day or going fishing on your Under the Sea Day. The possibilities are endless!
Want Mommy University to put together some more theme day activity posts? Share a topic/theme in the comments section below and we will get started!