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Melissa’s Playbook: 25 Ways to Experience Wonder this Spring and Summer!

2017-06-06 by Melissa
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Melissa’s Playbook: 25 Ways to Experience Wonder This Spring

With the pace at which all seem to be moving these days, it’s no wonder we don’t experience much wonder in our immediate world. Every season has its moments of wonder, no doubt, but for children, summer offers the opportunity to step off the school and activity treadmill and bask in the glow of long, sunny days with nothing to do. To discover the awe within ourselves, we must first discover the awe that exists right before us — and summer is the perfect time to experience that magic. The warmer weather and longer days mean more hours for outdoor exploration. And there’s nothing like a little time in nature, whether it’s the park, the woods, or the backyard, to ignite the senses and spark a child’s imagination. Teaching a toddler or preschooler how to slow down, lay back and find pictures in the clouds can be an AWE-some moment. Encouraging a child to climb a tree or follow a firefly may give them just the nudge they need to get off their screens and experience the world in a physical, sensory-engaged way.

For my family, summer means being outdoors for as many moments as we can and engaging in the activities we cannot enjoy the rest of the year. There is nothing more rewarding than walking to our garden and picking a vegetable right off the vine and eating it within seconds. (Just this weekend we picked asparagus!)  I told my children that this is even fresher than farm to table — it is farm to mouth!

We also love any activity involving water on a hot day — water balloon fights, running through the sprinkler, and swimming in the nearby ocean. And best of all — of course, this also involves food — are summer barbecues with that tantalizing smell of the grill tickling our taste buds. We love eating outdoors, basking in the warmth and laughter of family and friends until bedtime as long passed!

Melissa's Playbook 25 Ways to Experience Wonder This Summer. *The Tootle Turtle Bubble Bucket is an easy way for kids to blow bubbles mess free.

Making Time for Moments of Wonder

As we grow older, we come to realize that the little moments in life — these “moments of wonder” are actually the big things in life and often the fondest of memories. We must ensure that these moments aren’t lost in the midst of today’s frenetic and overscheduled childhood. Below, I’ve put together a list of some of my own favorite moments — little ideas for simple acts that will hopefully make for a magical summer! (You can also check out similar lists I created for all seasons, plus an expanded one for summer.) Print out our “Adventures in Wonder” bingo card, hang it on your refrigerator, and challenge your kids to see how many they can accomplish over the coming weeks. I guarantee it will give them (and you!) a fresh new perspective on the world! We’ve also provided a blank bingo card that you can use to come up with your own “wonder-filled” sparks for your family! We hope you’ll share with us some of your own, unique “moments of wonder”!

Adventures in Wonder Printable – Summer Edition

Print the “Adventures in Wonder” bingo card for summer.

Print a customizable “Adventures in Wonder” bingo card that you can fill in with your own ideas!

25 Moments of Wonder for Summer

  1. Have a water balloon fight
  2. Set up a lemonade stand
  3. Catch fireflies; let them go
  4. Try a fresh summer fruit
  5. Build a sandcastle
  6. Eat a meal outside
  7. Go for a hike
  8. Draw on the sidewalk with chalk
  9. Smell freshly cut grass
  10. Sleep with the windows open
  11. Play catch to 50+ with no drops
  12. Blow bubbles
  13. [CENTER:] FREE TIME Do what you ♥!
  14. Swing as high as you can
  15. Pick a bouquet of flowers
  16. Run through a sprinkler
  17. Lie on a blanket in the grass
  18. Float in a pool
  19. Make your own ice pops
  20. Wade in shallow water
  21. Search for a 4-leaf clover
  22. Set up an obstacle course
  23. Have a scavenger hunt
  24. Collect seashells or shiny pebbles
  25. Eat corn on the cob

Click below for Melissa’s bingo card printables!

Melissa's Playbook: 25 ways to experience wonder this Spring and Summer. *Melissa has created an adventures in wonder bingo card! This is a fun and easy way to have a fun day with the kids in the spring and summer!

Melissa's Playbook: 25 ways to experience wonder this Spring and Summer. *Melissa has created an adventures in wonder bingo card! This is a fun and easy way to have a fun day with the kids in the spring and summer!




As a co-founder and chief creative officer of a toy company committed to championing open-ended, healthy play and as a mother of six who had two children in her 20s, two in her 30s, and two in her 40s, Melissa has had a front-row seat to the dramatic changes in the way kids play and experience childhood. She is dedicated to speaking out about the crisis our children face due to the rise of technology and other societal factors and providing solutions to help families find time for child-led play and exploration.

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