As school bridges the horizon, children going into preschool are about to have their lives changed forever. Preparing them for this change will involve lots of work on bedtimes, bathrooms, and sitting still. It doesn't have to be all that bad. We've created a bucket list to ensure that while your new preschooler might be going into a thirteen or more year-long ordeal, they have the best end to the school free days of their lives possible.
1. Eat Dessert (or Breakfast) for Dinner
Children love a treat. Giving them a fun dinner option like ice cream or cake isn't something you can offer on a school night. However, as the summer comes to an end, you can give them something so that they can relax and enjoy time with their family.
2. Have a Photoshoot
It's the end of a phase of life for your young baby, and you have the perfect summer glow. It's time for a photoshoot. Make sure to get some traditional poses as well as some candid shots playing games and having fun. Use these to start a scrapbook showing your child as they grow each summer.
3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Whether you've created a scavenger hunt before or not, this is a simple one that requires almost no prep time at all. While you'll have to be a bit more creative for younger children that can read, there are plenty of options on Pinterest that will keep your child having fun and learning while they're at it.
4. Chalk up the Driveway
If you have a paved driveway, it's time to turn it into the biggest art piece that you're child's ever worked on. Don't just get regular chalk, get some sidewalk paint, exploding chalk, and even ice chalk to make sure they have options and enough to last them the whole day (and the whole driveway.)
5. Game Night
It's easy to spend the nights reading social media and watching TV. However, installing the first of many games nights will help you have family time before your child has homework and friends to attend to. Don't forget the prizes!
6. Do The Thing!
If you've had your eye on that amazing burger place, theme park, or mall, then go! The end of summer is the perfect time to go on an impromptu visit to something you've been thinking about for ages. If there's something that everyone's been talking about on social media, why not see what all the buzz is about?
7. Have a Water Fight
These things are best done as a surprise. You're going to want to get a bunch of water balloons and water guns. Fill everything up and get it ready to go while your partner is away with the child. When they're on their way back, leave half of the supplies by the door and hide. You know what happens next!
8. Tye-dye a T-Shirt
This outdoor activity will allow your child to make their clothing while the weather is still nice. Make sure that you have a wide selection of colors as well as gloves and a place to hang the clothes. Look up some ideas on Pinterest for patterns. If it comes out good, you might have picked your kid's first-day outfit.
9. Go on a Picnic
This idea is something that gets harder as the school year starts, and the weather gets colder. You might go into your backyard, but it's sure to make dinner more fun. Don't forget the tunes and the games for after dinner!
10. Go to Live Music
During the summer, live music is easy to find. A park, festival, or even a restaurant patio is a great way to get out and get dancing. However, remember that your child's ears are sensitive! Make sure to have ear protection or stay farther back in the crowd!