The very last summer fun to do on our list: Paint Rocks.
We have used craft paints to decorate rocks in the past. All summer the kids have been dreaming up different things they would like to paint on rocks. Since we were going to be on vacation when we did it I didn't want to bring along (or leave) too much of a mess. We came up with a great painting rock alternative.
The kids carefully chose hundreds of special rocks from the"up north" beaches we visited.We rinsed them and let them dry. Then we lined up several rocks on a cookie sheet to put in the oven at 350 degrees until they were too hot to touch!
This activity worked so well for our kids that we actually enjoyed rock waxing during quiet time on many afternoons of our vacation. With a whole beach worth of rocks to pick from we never ran out of inspiration!