Have your kids walked through a store lately that already has “Back to School” sales? And when they did, were they shocked and upset that summer is almost over? We are feeling the same way!
Let’s take time to have some summer fun with our last few weeks before school begins:
Farmers’ market fun for everyone
Put on some sunscreen and take your toddler on a summer adventure to a local farmers’ market. A farmers’ market is a playground for the senses. Knock on melons and touch many textures. Sample a new fruit or vegetable that is in season. Rub the leaves of fresh herbs and smell your fingers for the various aromas. Get a sniff of fresh cut flowers. Find a stand that sells whistles or wind chimes. If yours is a market that offers live music or street musicians, get a front-row seat to dance and clap along with the music.
Take a snack break on the edge of the action, and point out all the good things you see that God made: fruits, vegetables, farmers, shoppers, babies, plants, animals—the list goes on and on. When God made the world, God said it was good! God made you and your toddler and put you together as a family. It is good!
Stop! And . . . action!
Summer is an active season where long days and warm evenings invite us outside for adventure and activity. Map out a short neighborhood walk near your home, and take an action walk with your child. Walk for a short bit, then stop for one minute to do jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, yoga moves, or any other silly activity they find exciting. After that minute, start walking again until the next one-minute activity stop. If you have multiple children with you, let them take turns choosing the activity.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through [God,] who gives me strength.” Just as exercise and activity give our physical bodies strength, praying and Scripture reading remind us that God gives us strength for our lives. The strength of God means that we can make our way through tough times with peace and the knowledge that we are never alone. Help your child make the connection that just as we exercise our bodies to be stronger, we can also exercise our minds and hearts to grow in a deeper understanding of God’s spiritual strength.
This blog content is from the “Celebrating the Seasons” section of the Frolic Family Newsletter, a monthly newsletter for families of children from birth to age 5. To receive content specific to your child’s age, sign up for FREE!
Originally Published 7/25/2017