Eileen over at Little Acorn Learning is doing a whole series on the slow summer. You can see one of her blog posts regarding this subject here. There was also an interesting post about “banishing the playdate” that recently came across my Facebook page. Part of what the author wrote about wasn’t perhaps particular to summer, but what I personally hold dear from summer – biking around to see who was out and could play. You can read that blog post about spontaneous play here.
I think slowing the summer down is so important. Think back to your own childhood summers; some of us had time and space to….
- ride bikes endlessly around the neighborhoods and pedal others on the back of bikes to keep the heat and mosquitoes away
- go to the pool or lake everyday
- to really be bored
- to have to create something to do
- lay around in a sticky, languid heat
- get sticky hands from wild berry picking
- drink water out of the hose so as not to go inside
- stay outside until the street lamps came on
- watch the sun rise or set or both
- catch fireflies
- play endless games of tag, hide and seek, four square, kickball, dodgeball
- be with all the children in the neighborhood because everyone was kicked out of the house
- climb trees and make forts
- have bonfires at night
- be at the ocean
- spend extended time with cousins and other family members
These are the kinds of memories I hold from my childhood summers. Do you?
Please share with me your best ideas and successes for creating a slow summer for your family and also for having spontaneous community play. I would love to hear from you!