Frugal Finds For Summer Fun

Amy Hannold, 247Moms Frugal Living Editor
A super homeschool and home-learning resource.  For summer, they offer several free andalmost free resources for all ages. Most are in e-book format, there are some audio and online products aswell.  Once you’ve purchased theitems, you can download the product, selecting the pages you wish to use.  Summer activity books and titlesinclude:
“Simple Schooling 4th of July Freebie”
“Nature Journal Pages”
“An Activity a Day Keeps the Boredom Away Summer Packet”
“Father’s Day Notebooking Pages”
“Fireworks Minibook: We Love the USA!”
“All About My Family Notebook” (one of my favorites!)
“Take Me Home: Fathers Day” (complete with printable couponsfor hugs!)
Other topics include animals (our favorite is the “All AboutHorses Notebooking Pages”), cooking, nature, and more.  You can find these by typing the titleinto the “search” box. 
Drawing lessons, home and school planners, crafts,handwriting lessons, story paper (decorated border with handwriting lines), chorelist makers, grocery lists, and more await you. 
Find your community at the national Macaroni Kidwebsite.  You’ll be connected tothe publisher of the weekly list, sent by email.  Each list usually includes local activities and at-home funideas.  If there’s not a localpublisher near you, consider being the “one in the know” and sharing your findswith others.  There is also“Macaroni Deals”
(similar to Groupon, etc.) for listed cities or “national”deals. 
Find a Farmer’s Market or Family Farm to Visit: features a map and contact information foryour community.
Printable and creative activities for all ages of children –and their grandparents (or family). Don’t miss the “101 Things to Do in Your City” – ideas for fun acrossthe country.
Best Books with Ideas for Summer Fun:  Find these at your local library, or other bookseller.
“Family Manager Guide to Summer Survival”, by Kathy Peel, isthe complete summer handbook for families with kids.  Activities, organization, and boredom busters suitable for awide range of ages- decrease “screen time” and increase family time!   By the way, you can hear arecording of her visit on Focus on the Family’s “Your Family Live” program(June 8, 2011). 

FREEBIE:  Freeprintable forms from the Kathy’s book are available!  “Road Trip Planner”, “Ideas for Summer Fun and Learning”,and “Vacation Checklist”:

“Super Baby Food Book”, by Ruth Yaron, is more than just formeals.  Included are many recipesfor homemade snacks and fun things to do.
101 Things Every Kid Should DoGrowing Up”, by Alecia Devantier

Media Tip:  Ifyou’ve heard from your kids about the “must have” game, music, movie or tvprogram, get the insight on elements you might be concerned about from

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