Passing on kindness with a simple and surprising gift is an easy way to make a person smile. Sometimes, all it takes is an unexpected token that says another is thinking of you to make your day. Kindness is contagious and it can easily start with a fun gift like a Summer Kick-Off bucket. Certain items make you think of summer: sparklers, Popsicles, buckets and shovels, and hanging out with neighbors on hot summer evenings. We decided to make a Summer Kick-Off bucket as a surprise for our favorite neighbors. You know the ones: that family down the street that you hang out with on hot summer evenings while the kids run around the yard; the family that is always up for firefly catching, sitting around a fire pit while commiserating about teething babies who are up all night.
Neighborhood friends are there every day, and are always up for playing, chalking on sidewalks, and walks through the neighborhood. Our Summer Kick-Off bucket will bring a smile to friends and start the summer off right!
You’ll also be interested in our new Summer Occupational Therapy Activities Packet. It’s a collection of 14 items that guide summer programming at home, at school, and in therapy sessions. The summer activities bundle covers handwriting, visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, regulation, and more.
You’ll find ideas to use in virtual therapy sessions and to send home as home activities that build skills and power development with a fun, summer theme. Kids will love the Summer Spot It! game, the puzzles, handouts, and movement activities. Therapists will love the teletherapy slide deck and the easy, ready-to-go activities to slot into OT sessions. The packet is only $10.00 and can be used over and over again for every student/client!
We found a few supplies that we needed to make our Summer Kick-Off bucket: a sand bucket and shovel, chalk, sparklers, bubbles, popsicle forms, glow bracelets, and Coke. All items are perfect for sharing with friends and sure to bring smiles and memories this summer.
We are at Giant Eagle every other day (it seems!) so on one trip, we added the fun summer items to our grocery cart.
When you make your bucket, fill the bottom with tissue paper. This will help to position the items in the bucket and keep everything in place.
Once you have your bucket full of goodies, gift them to your favorite neighborhood family at a backyard barbecue, firepit fire, or as a surprise on the doorstep. Our kids spend so much time with our neighbor friends: riding bikes, playing “spies”, and catching bugs. Good food with good friends and the start of summer is a special time. Our little ones are lucky to have sweet neighborhood kids the same age. Brothers and Sisters and Friends are always up for adventures as they catch bad guys, take wild Big Wheels rides on the driveway, and run through the sprinkler. Summer means adventures and these neighborhood friends have a blast playing together every day.
We are excited to kick off summer with our Summer Kick-Off bucket and share memories with our neighbors. How will you create memories with family and friends (and neighbors) this summer?