As the end of this incredibly unusual school year approaches, one of the big activities our daughter will be missing is the end of year field day. Whether they gather for activities on the playground or travel to a nearby park, it’s been a fun way to celebrate the school year, play with friends, and enjoy a picnic lunch with their teacher.
I happen to love volunteering for field day, but planning one? That’s not really my thing. I’ve never claimed to be the fun mom, but I love meeting Madi’s friends, serving, and doing little things with the gifts I actually have to be a part of her life.
Honestly, Madi has handled the past 8 weeks better than any of us. She’s happy to be at home, content to play with us or by herself, and has embraced video chats like a champ to stay in touch with her friends. She’s currently looking at clothes on one computer while video chatting with her cousin on her iPod, so she’s next level tech savvy at this point!
All that makes it even more fun to plan a few surprises for her to finish out the school year. Backyard solo field day activities might not be the same as playing with 20 friends, but some of Madi’s favorite moments happen when the three of us doing simple things as a family.
I sat down the other day and quickly typed up a big list of field day/fun day activities, plus some summer fun list ideas to keep us from turning into big, boring blobs over the next few months. I shared it with a few friends and then thought maybe it was something a few of you could use as well! Right now we’re still firmly in the “red zone” so these are all ideas that can happen with just your immediate family, or if you’re somewhere with fewer gathering restrictions, they could work with a small group of friends, too.
There are a few affiliate links scattered throughout for some of the items that I’ve either already purchased or plan to pick up, and I did my best to link to instructions and websites where I found the original idea, so make sure you click through on those to learn more!