This is our Kick-Off-Summer tradition…string mazes that lead to a bag full of summer fun, like bubbles, sand toys, and books, early in the morning on the first day school is out for the summer. It’s a fun and easy way to get the kids in a summer mood, and, truthfully, the hubs and I love stringing the mazes!
The pics in this post are from two summers ago, but because I know much of the country finishes school before Memorial Day, I wanted to plant the idea in your brain!
They each had a different color string (red, white, or blue) tied to a popsicle stick with their name on it. They had to wind them up to get to their gifts.
My GI Joe did the strings for the boys, and they were quite difficult in places…but the hooligans were remarkably patient.
Except for Princess Thundercloud, who frequently hurled hers to the ground and “Hmmph”-ed loudly. The boys were very willing to help her, which I thought was pretty sweet. Again, it’s the first day of summer…that will change, I’m sure.
Their loot included water pumpers for the lake, educational card games, lots of books and a couple of workbooks, art supplies, a couple of toys, and a candy bracelet (left from Halloween, but they didn’t care). Oh, and they each got a whole pack of gum. I’m pretty sure my kids would walk to town and back if they were promised gum. And “town” is 11 miles away.
One thing I included that they seemed to think super cool were these coupons for each of them. This way, they can have time alone with one of us, and know that the others will have the same chance. That doesn’t mean they won’t squabble about it while we’re doing it, but they thought the idea was great!
This little project took us about 10 minutes to string, then about an hour for the hooligans to follow their strings, wind them up, and peruse their treasures. As usual, GI Joe had his doubts, but it proved a fun way to kick off vacation!