Doorway into summer


My friend Jennie, a kindergarten teacher, and her daughter Josie (4 1/2) created this awesome doorway activity list for Josie’s room. She said she was inspired by my list, but man, I’m inspired by hers!


Together they came up with ideas of fun things they wanted to try this summer and wrote each on a cute little paper animal cutout. I forgot to ask where she got them — probably some special teacher only source, but who knows, maybe not. I’ll have to find out. I love how colorful and festive they all look together.



Josie wrote a few herself, although Jennie wrote most.


And here is a photo of Josie’s first choice off her summer list—Take Wilson to the Do-it-Yourself Dog Wash.” Apparently it was fun and Wilson was a champ.

Their plan is to take each paper shape and stick it in a journal with a photo of the activity. I love that idea!

Jennie says, “I have finally come to understand that I do better with a little plan and a little go-with-the-flow moments during the day.”

Amen to that.

Now I’m completely inspired to sit down with Maia and make our own summer list…

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    June 3, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Wow! That is a really cool idea – I am definitely going to do it with Froglet as I have some animal die cuts I don’t know what to do with (you can get them from scrapbooking suppliers I think) – thank you for sharing.

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    June 3, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I like this idea! It’s always good to make plans together with the children and this is a beatiful way to see the summer-plans for a while.

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    marsha Roberts
    June 3, 2009 at 6:11 am

    What a fabulous idea! I have 5 kids and it is always difficult finding things they want to do or can do. But I especially love the scrap booking aspect of this. I am always taking pictures. If you have a cricut, you can die cut the animal shapes.

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    June 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

    fabulous idea! Especially with the olders who have whole topics of interest in mind.

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    June 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait to make one and my kiddo is only 1!

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    June 3, 2009 at 6:51 am

    That’s such a great idea!

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    Diana (Ladybug Limited)
    June 3, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Oh, I am so inspired! My list-making kindergartener will love this visual!

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    June 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I love love love this idea! thanks so much for the inspiration! I like how it lends itself to multiple ends: a fun craft to do together, ideas to spring off of all season long and a format/jump start for a great scrapbook/journal!

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    Julie Liddle (ART IN HAND)
    June 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Birds of a feather…
    Your friend is nearly as inspired as you (and your readers)!!
    Love this twist on the “fun box” idea.

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    June 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    This is adorable. It was a rainy day today in our little corner so we (my two kids ages nearly 2 and 4) stayed in and looked through kids’ activity books until we found something we wanted to do today. We found a recipe for clay and made some shapes, which are baking right now. We’ll paint them and make them into a garland later. But I found a bunch of other things that I wanted to do and this is a perfect way to remind myself of other things to do in weeks to come. BTW, what a great color for the dog-bathing room. I love it!

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    June 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I love this idea! So much fun! My husband and I are making a grown-up list as well. I can’t wait to start crossing off items! I’ll be linking to this.

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    June 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Love the twist on your idea and the animal cut-outs – please do find where we can get them from if we don’t have fancy die-cuts.

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    June 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    This is so ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! I am going to have to do it in my own home. Thanks.

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    June 4, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I recognize those cut-outs! They are punched out on an Ellison die cut machine. Where I live the local collage and library both have machines open to the public. And if you are a school volunteer and supply your own paper my kids school has one too and so does my church!

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    June 4, 2009 at 7:27 am

    What a wonderful idea!! I am inspired. It is always good to have a little push to do things during the summer, otherwise we tend to just be lazy. I think this is just what I need!

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    June 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

    love this — thanks for sharing it!

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    June 4, 2009 at 8:11 am

    wwow what a great idea! I’ll have to try this!

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    June 4, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Love that you can pick and choose depending on your mood rather than putting it on an actual calendar — I may have to amend my plan! :)

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    The Artful Parent
    June 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone!!

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    June 5, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I love this idea. What a great way to accomplish things over the summer. My son and I will be working on this over the weekend. Thank you for sharing.

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    June 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    You can buy all kinds of “die cuts” like those in a scrapbooking store, or in the scrapbook aisle of a craft store. You can also find several different kinds in a teacher supply store, or you might be able to order them online from a teacher supply website. I know that my library also has a die cut machine that can be used by local teachers – you may have something like that available to you. Of course, you could also just ask your friend to make some extras for you. :)
    This is a great idea. I really like it.

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    June 14, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Way cute idea. I just saw those die cuts (or very similar) at our Dollar Tree in packs of 30 or so. I wanted to buy them, but had no proj in mind. Well now I do!!

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    June 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Great idea! We should get to it too ASAP. Make some plans for the short summer break…

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    August 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Great idea. I’m thinking it might be fun to put the ideas/cut-outs in categorized containers then choose one (randomly or specifically), do/go/read/etc. what’s on the cut-out and then add to a garland. Kind of a glass (garland) half full and filling it up way of doing it. I guess you’d have to change the wording a little. Maybe use cut-outs specific to the categories (e.g. books for reading) so all you’d have to write is the title of the book, and so on…

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