Many of the public schools in our area are ending this week or next. My own kids do not get out for another month, though. Despite when your kids get out of school, it is just the right time to prepare for summer.
There are several things you can do to get ready (if you haven’t already).
∞ Buy your end-of-the-year teacher gifts. Ideas include:
- Post-it pads or a pop-up post-it dispenser – Post-it has many cute designs.
- Personalized notecards
- Blank notecard sets (Michaels has great sets for very cheap.)
- Other cute office supplies
- Picture frames or a small scrapbook or album
- Water bottles, insulated travel coffee cups, or double-walled straw cups
- Food (such as dried fruits or nuts, chocolates, unique juices or waters).
- Crafts are always a big hit, especially if your child made them! Pinterest has a million ideas!
- Gift cards – even a $5 gift card to a bookstore is much appreciated!
My favorite places to get teacher gifts are:
- OfficeMax – clearance items
- Michaels – the front bins by the checkout and they often have displays of gift items near the front, too
- Target – clearance after various holidays or the Dollar Spot
- Ikea – I found some great picture frames there last year.
- Walmart – They also have nice affordable gifts, especially around Mother’s Day.
For more ideas on inexpensive teacher gifts, see my post: I love Vistaprint! Great freebies! NOTE: These deals are not available right now, but they give you ideas for gifts you can make inexpensively on Vistaprint and other similar sites. Subscribe to the websites’ email lists to hear about current deals.
∞ Make sure you have everything your kids need for camp (and/or summer outings):
- Flip-flops or sandals for camp showers, going to the pool, etc.
- Swimsuits – 3 per child is good so you don’t have to wash and dry suits every night. I love to get these on clearance at Target after the season or from a local resale shop.
- Enough towels – 2 per child is good
- Sunscreen – We stock up in April and May from the Honest Company, my favorite brand
- Nametag or luggage tag on backpack
- Sun or baseball hat
- Clothing labels – if going away to camp
- Sharpie permanent markers – for marking everything with your child’s name
- Wet bags – We use the wet bags from our diaper days to hold the kids’ wet swimsuits and towels after swimming, so their backpacks don’t get soaked. Drawstring backpacks also work well for this.
- Soft lunchbag – Good to choose one that fits easily in a backpack.
- Water bottles – For summer I prefer to buy the dollar store kind (2 per child) because my sons tend to lose them often!
- Large gallon Ziploc bags to store extra clothes in your child’s backpack. The bag helps protect them from any loose wet items in his or her backpack. It can also double as a wet bag for wet suits after swimming. However, I prefer the diaper wet bags because they are bigger and can store the towel as well.
∞ Make sure your lawn mower is in good working order and you have plenty of gas (if it is gas-powered).
Also stock up on yard waste bags and stickers if your town requires them for pick-up of yard waste. (This is mainly an issue in the Fall when there are lots of leaves to dispose of.)
∞ Check that your air conditioner is working well and that you have a fresh filter.
You may want to consider signing up for a yearly service contract from your local heating/air conditioning repair company. They will come out twice a year to check your unit. See my post “Service plans and warranties.”
∞ Join a summer reading club (for your kids or yourself).
See my post Summer Reading Programs 2017 for this year’s programs.
∞ Check your grill to make sure it is working well and buy any supplies you need.
- Do you have an extra gas tank or a fresh bag or charcoal?
- Do you have an extra bottle of lighter fluid or a chimney to use for lighting the grill (if using a charcoal grill)?
- Do you need any new tools?
∞ Buy a swimsuit for yourself!
Check out my post Modest Swimsuits for frum women for several choices!
Enjoy your summer preparations!
If you have any other things you do to get ready for summer, share them below!