Summer vacation started early here in Pennsylvania, or earlier then it has most years. School ended on the 27th of May, and I knew before too long I would be hearing “I’m bored!” so I decided to create a Summer bucket list of things I could teach my 13 year old to do. At 13 he’s pretty good at entertaining himself, but boredom does still strike.
I felt that creating a list of activities would be fun for both of us, and I’d get to try some things I have never done either. We started off making paper, which is something I used to do a lot of about 15 years ago. I used to have a book back then (I tried to remember the title and search for it, but no luck) it was all about making paper from items like corn husks & banana peels. I did come across this book
which shows you how to use garden plants & common weeds to create paper, which sounds amazing.
We used scrap paper and an old blender, and made our deckle box out of some $1 wooden frames from Michaels craft store. You can find instructions on paper making below in our Summer list. Paper making is super simple, and you can get such fun results with inexpensive tools. You can find blenders at thrift shops, and make your deckle box out of inexpensive items.
We have also dyed yarn with acid dyes, and then went over our yarn again when we got some new dye colors. Cleaned & washed the wool from the Maryland Sheep & Wool fest and then dyed it. Took a pottery class at the local college, and planted cat nip and cat grass. You can see our list below with links. I’m sure I’ll be adding to our list all Summer long.
Summer Bucket List
–Dye yarn & wool with acid dyes
-take a ceramics class
-plant and grow catnip
–harvest and dry catnip
–make cat toys with dried catnip
–clean raw wool
–make homemade marshmallows
–make homemade bath bombs
–make strawberry jam
–draw and have custom rubber stamps made
–make nail polish marbled beads
–make cold process soap
–make books from our handmade paper
–make salsa from garden tomatoes
Yesterday my youngest son turned twelve! His last year until he can officially be called a teenager ;) This is the first year that he said he did not want to have a big party. He changed his mind a few times about what he wanted to do for the day, but in the end settled on a day at home, never getting out of pajamas.
We started the day out with a donut cake, there was some new video game playing, mine craft legos, and we finished off the night with pizza, movie, and an Oreo ice cream cake.
This weekend we decided it was warm enough to finally go letterboxing. I know I’ve posted about it in the past, but for anyone unfamiliar Letterboxing is growing hobby that combines elements of hiking, treasure hunting and creative expression into an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues that are posted on the Internet, and then record their discovery in their personal journal with the help of a rubber stamp that’s part of the letterbox. In addition, letterboxers have their own personal stamps which they use to stamp into the letterbox’s log book.
We had a birthday party to attend in the afternoon so we decided to stay in our town. The first stamp was in a park that is only a couple of years old, very open with only a few small trees and so it was very cold when the wind blew. The second letterbox was in another much older park in the woods and it was much nicer to hike & hunt for with the trees as a barrier from the wind. Below are a few helpful websites should you like to get started.