I miss naps.
Going on treasure/nature hunts:Nature Scavenger Hunt the other day that is adorable and perfect for an outside activity all summer long.
Another favorite is chasing lizards. We have potted plants around our back deck that lizards love to hang out in. So, I go around and wiggle a pot and lizards drop and flee. Aria laughs her head off running after them as they scamper to the next pot.
Playing Don't Break the Ice:button art, play-doh, roll & play dice, and puzzles out of the way. We don't tend to bring them out more than once a week, so they are all still novelty items.
p.s. She just lost in this picture, and loved it.
Baking:Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes the other week, which were particularly delicious. (As soon as summer hits I'm ready for October again...we skip spring) She also helps with the smoothies (by eating all the frozen strawberries), and is one heck of a garlic powder sprinkler.
Water play:water table at least once a day. Usually around the time when it is so hot that you can't walk on the porch barefoot anymore. She gets cooled down, the plants all get watered, mom always ends up soaked.
We tend to do something low energy after this - read a book or if it is 3 she watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I was just reading somewhere about alternating activities throughout the day based on energy levels, which seems pretty common sense but I had never thought about breaking her day up like that before.
Making masterpieces:sidewalk paint for her the other week, and I made the mistake of asking her if she wanted to paint. She assumed I meant paint with a brush in her chair. I had to talk her into just trying the sidewalk paint. She ended up loving it, and it segued right into water play perfectly!
Happy Friday the 13th by the way, and Happy Pi Day Eve!