Show Some Summer Mailbox Love
Goodbye homework battles. Summer Break is finally here! No more early morning mad dashes. Week long projects that require 6 visits to Michaels for poster board and Styrofoam? Nope. Hallelujah. Now comes the challenge of planning meaningful summer projects.
We thought we’d share a couple of our favorite meaningful summer projects to help spark your creativity. Everyday Storyteller, Maegan Bieshline had an amazing experience teaching her daughter to express appreciation and gratitude through good old-fashioned handwritten ‘thank you’ notes. You can read about her experience here. Summer is the perfect time for kids to send a genuine ‘thank you’ to coaches, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and special people in their lives that make them feel valued. Send a little summer mailbox love.
Our Creative Director, Jessica’s daughters record weekly highlights in their journals. She says, “ I want them to remember their stories. They always ask us to tell them stories from when we were kids. I tell them, if they write in their journals, they’ll have an entire book of material to pull from when their kids ask about their stories. Maybe they won’t have to recycle the same 5 stories we do because we can’t remember the others.” For kids, telling their own stories not only reinforces their writing skills, but it provides their own perspective and view of events that is charming, unique, and sincere.
We know that keeping a gratitude journal is an important part of wholehearted living for adults, but it’s also a lifelong skill to teach our children early. The earlier we begin a practice, the more integrated it becomes in our routine as we grow. Summer is the perfect time for children to practice gratitude while they practice their writing skills.
What are some of the creative things you’re doing with your children this summer? We’d love your ideas! Leave them below to be entered into our drawing for a free summer documenting package that includes cards, a journal, a poster, and other creative projects for you and you summer crew!
To see more of Maegan’s creativity, you can find her here.