In my household I try to take the ordinary and make it a bit more special. The start of summer vacation is no exception. For the past few years, I have created Summer Starter Kits to mark the beginning of my geeklings’ break from school. They love the mini celebration and in the process receive items to gear up for their time off.
Now, a Summer Starter Kit is not just a basket full of toys. I have created these kits with a framework in mind. The Internet has been circling a Christmas Wish List for a few years now that asks kids to write down one thing they need, one thing to wear, one thing to read, and one thing they want. I used this format to create the framework for my kits.
I customize my kids’ kits by getting items to fill these five categories.
- Something they need
- Something to wear
- Something to read
- Something to do
- Something fun
First I look to see what items my child needs for the summer months. It could be they need new sunglasses or a beach towel. They may also need a new swimsuit or shorts or sandals. By finding what is missing or needs to be replaced in their wardrobe, I usually can quickly check off the first two categories. Next I look to the book shelves. If there is a particular series they are into, I try to find the next book in the series or a book similar to what they already like. As for something to do, I look for activity books or education workbooks to challenge their brains during the break. Finally, the something fun is typically an outdoor item. Something that will get them outdoors instead of staying indoors with their technology.
The thing about the Summer Starter Kit is that it is easily customizable for what your child may need for the summer, their age, and their interests. Most of these items I would be getting for my child anyways. I’m just choosing to make it a bit more fun than just handing them a new swimsuit or sandals or educational workbook and saying here is your stuff. To me it is about finding the simple moments and making them a little more memorable.
Below are just a few geek themed items I found at Target and Wal-Mart that would be perfect when creating a Summer Starter Kit for a kid with a geek side. Happy Summer Break, everyone!
Things for the Pool
- Dive Toys
- Kick Boards
- Tank tops & shorts
- Swim bags