Hi there. I’m Lisa from MooreMinutes blog, where I share about creating beauty in everyday life. I’m extra happy to be here today as a Summer Camp Counselor and to share my Summer Sticker Surprises!!
My girlhood memories of summertime were of snacking on apple slices and peanut butter, playing hopscotch and creating chalk sidewalk art, splashing a water hose in circles while barefoot in the green grass, and being lost in a book, curled up like a sweet roll.
My mom created magic for our family during those long summer days. Each day was like opening a pretty gift: an exciting surprise or a classic adventure. I’ve always been intent on stringing those summertime fun traditions along to the next generations. Because of that, each June I create a surprise system that reveals our fun activities for my boys to do throughout these months. It’s a combination of work and rewards. One year we practiced having grateful hearts with a Summer Fun & Gratitude Bucket. And last year we focused on reading with a Family Summer Library & Surprise Cups. THIS YEAR, I wanted to zero in on everyday good habits and lifestyle skills.
THE BASIC IDEA:
We have a big chart that we use to stick personalized stickers on the areas that we successfully complete with a cheerful spirit.
To make the chart I used a big corkboard and pinned a sheet of white art paper to it.
I decorated the board a bit, because that is what this homemakin Mama likes to do!
I made some custom reward stickers online at stickeryou.com. How fun is this?!
To keep it simple, we have three categories the boys can earn stickers in: reading, chores, and health. The reading is an obvious life skill that I like to encourage, especially during the summer months. I also want to teach the boys the value of hard work with a cheerful heart. And finally, the health will encourage them to start good habits with hygiene and also living a clean lifestyle.
If they complete their 3 categories twice that week, they get to grab an envelope from their buckets at the bottom of the board!
The vintage library cards to record reading times:
Keeping the details CUTE with pretty recycled pencils in summer fun colors!
They each are required to read a set time daily, according to their age. For the chores, I assign big projects for them to complete together in addition to regular chores. For the health category, we do random teeth, nails, and ear checks, laundry checks in their room, and encourage being active in our daily lives.
Summer has JUST begun and we already have some reward stickers up on our board! Hopefully in a few weeks, the entire board will be full.