I am happy to say that we made it to the end of our homeschool year… yay!! There were time when I thought we would never get it done, but here we are! I know that I am so ready for the summer break, and I know that my kids are too. We will still be doing fun learning activities throughout the summer (to help avoid the dreaded summer slide!), but the more formal part of school is over until August when we will start back up again.
I wanted to make the last day of school a big deal; something extra special. So, I planned different activities to make it as fun as possible! I hope these ideas help you too as you celebrate your child’s last day of school.
Balloon pop countdown…
It all started the Monday before the last day (which fell on a Friday for us) with a balloon pop countdown. I took 5 balloons (but you could do it for however many days you want your countdown to be for), and before blowing them up and tying them I put in a slip of paper with a fun activity or something special written on it. I then wrote day 5, day 4… etc. on each balloon and hung them all up. Each day my kids get to pop a balloon and see what the paper inside says. I placed the slips of paper in each numbered balloon based on what we could do each day, but if you wanted to be surprised along with your child, then just place the paper inside each balloon without numbering them by day 1, day 2, etc. I don’t like surprises very much, so planning out which activity goes with each day was more my thing! However you decide to do it, it’s a fun way to countdown to the last day of school.
Take a special trip…
And speaking of the last day of school…They finally got to pop the last balloon to see what the paper inside said. Lucky for them it was “take a special trip and have a sweet treat” day! I left this kind of vague so that whatever the weather was that day, I could still take them somewhere fun and have a yummy treat…rain or shine! Thankfully the weather was beautiful and we were able to go see a nearby lighthouse, old fort and small beach where we could play and have a picnic lunch. After we got back home we all enjoyed a yummy ice cream; the perfect ending to any day!
I knew that I wanted to do something fun, but not spend very much money doing it. This trip was perfect because it was all free! Other places that would be fun for a special day could be the playground, to a lake, going out for a meal or an ice cream, taking a fun hiking trip, or even just going somewhere nice for a picnic and a game of Frisbee! Anything goes; it’s your special trip!
Do fun projects or papers…
Also, the day prior to our last day of school, my daughter made a picture of a sand bucket and drew/wrote the things she wanted to do this summer; her very own summer “bucket list.” We ended our second to last day of school by filling in a fun end of the year “about me” page (we used a great one from Thirty Handmade Days!) and taking a “last day of school” picture (a day early, but who’s counting?!).
The kids had a good time with these simple, but fun ways to celebrate our last day of school, and now we are all ready to enjoy the summer! Do you have any other fun ways to celebrate the last day of school?