July Connection Calendar
Here you will find all the resources for the activity calendar. Note that not every single day has something on it. Below, I’ve added links, downloads of printables, additional info, etc. for the items on the calendar, and during the month, I’ll add more or updated info. It will be a continuing work in progress. For instance, if something says: Coming Soon!, that just means that I will have the entire resource ready by the date on the calendar. Or there will be times that all the dates are not on there at the beginning of the month, but more will be added throughout the month. You get the idea.
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July Connection Calendar 2022
- 1st – Activity – Have a karaoke night with the grandkids. Make it extra fun by using songs from your childhood. Just print out the words to the songs and find the music on YouTube. You can find most any song you want there.
- 2nd – Play Idea – Water balloon volleyball – This is a simple activity that is oh so much water fun! Here is a fun post to check out if this is new to you.
- 3rd – Quote – I chose this quote because our U.S. Independence Day is on the 4th. However, any one in any nation can appreciate this quote on freedom.
- 4th – U.S. Independence Day – Happy 4th of July if you live in the U.S. If you don’t, take time to look up your own country’s special day of beginning or independence and share that with your grandchildren.
- 5th – Text Idea – Instead of giving you something to actually text, this is a suggestion to find a funny meme online and send it along to your grandchild. They will love that you are showing off your sense of humor. You may even get the “cool” badge of honor!
- 6th – Joke – I couldn’t resist putting in a fire-cracker joke in honor of the fireworks from the 4th celebrations.
- 7th – Snail Mail Idea – H Did you know there are several clever ways to make an envelope? The fun part of this is that you can make it out of things you may not have thought of newspaper, wrapping paper, cardstock, or even old magazine ads. Here is a short DIY tutorial from Instructables for how to make your own envelopes. Then choose your favorite GrandPals™ letter template and send a fun, unique letter to your grandkids!
- 8th – Long Distance Idea – Wa Play the memory tray game. Do you remember going to a baby shower and the hostess would bring out a tray of baby things, let you study it for about 60 seconds, and then ask you to write down as many things as you could remember? Well, this is the same. Fill up a tray of things for your grandchild to study and then write down. Get creative and have the things on the tray all relate to one theme. Or, you could really test them and make everything on the tray really random. Use fewer items for younger kids and increase the number of items for bigger kids. Then, reverse the roles and have them bring out a tray for you to remember. It might be fun to see just whose memory is better. 😉
- 10th – Joke – There’s nothing like a good ocean joke for the summer!
- 11th – Book Idea – Last month, I introduced the idea of holding a book club with your grandchildren. I found another book that you could include. It’s called Never Grow Up by Karen Kingsbury. (There are a few books with that title so make sure you click the link to get to the correct book.) This is book 2 in a 3 book series, but this book can stand alone. However, if you really like it, you could get the set. This book is simple and about a 6th grader who is given an assignment to contemplate what she wants to be when she grows up. The kids will explore with her as she goes through the process of discovering her passion.
- 12th – Activity – Making yogurt pops is one of our favorite summer time activities. It’s a nice cold, sweet treat along with being a healthy snack. By the way, I LOOOOVE this popsicle mold – Silicone Popscicle Molds. There are absolutely perfect for these. You can use any recipe you want, but here is the one we use:
- 13th – Exploring Online – If you haven’t explored the Google games online, you’re missing a fun experience. Head on over to this site where there round of some of the fun Google games from the past!
- 14th – Play Idea – Take on a Lego challenge! Over at Little Bins for Little Hands, they have some fun ideas for Lego challenges. If you have ever wondered where to get some LEGO bricks or sets for a little less, you may want to read my post about how to do just that. You can read it here: Legos for Cheap: 10 Ways to Buy Legos for Less.
- 15th – Text Idea – Just a little encouragement for your teen grands to not waste these wonderful summer days.
- 16th – Quote – I guess I love summer so much, this quote just spoke to me.
- 17th – Legacy Idea – In our ongoing efforts to help you connect with your family and leave your legacy, we have a fun idea that might just be tremendously valuable to your family in the years to come. Why not do a family time capsule? Here’s a great article from legacyproject.org to help you get started. Did you know that you can get a time capsule that you can bury right from Amazon?? Who knew?
- 18th – Snail Mail Idea – If you are going on vacation this year, we have a fun suggestion. No matter where you go, you can buy postcards from the area, and get them the very first day if you can. Depending on how long you will be gone, buy a postcard for each day and send one a day to your grandchildren. It will make a fun connection as they will (hopefully) receive the postcards in order, one each day. They will probably still be receiving postcards after you have arrived back at home. This will also help you preserve the memory of your trip.
- 19th – Quote – Immortal lyrics from George Gershwin.
- 20th – Text Idea – Let your grandchild know that you are interested in what’s going on in their life. But, it’s best to keep it positive.
- 21st – Idea Post – I This is one of our most popular posts on things to do with grandkids. Explore these 4 categories of ideas and be creative in connecting with your grandkids in: Fun Things to Do with Grandkids!
- 22nd – Joke – Some more summer humor.
- 23rd – Activity – I’ You can make a sensory bin out of just about anything! You can put small dinosaurs in a bin of sand and let them dig. You can fill a bin with water and add small toys, bubbles, or anything that is water-proof. (I recommend you playing with that one outside.) Again, our friends at Little Bins for Little Hands do sensory bins so well! Check out all their ideas.
- 24th – National Cousins Day – I can’t think of a better weekend to hold Grandma Camp (or Cousins Camp) with all the grandkids!
- 25th – Craft Idea – Making pinwheels is fun and easy! Here is a video I made to keep things simple for you. There is a template below if you would like to use it. (Video coming soon!)
- 26th – Joke – A little corny, I know.😆
- 27th – Quote – This quote is a tribute to my dislike of shoes! 🤭
- 28th – Snail Mail – Have the grandkids help make a family trivia game for their parents to play. Or you could make a trivia game on your own and play it with the kids and grandkids. What better way to preserve memories and get to know people in the family! You could do this Jeopardy style with points for questions or more like Trivial Pursuit where you simply have the categories. If you want to get really fancy, you can sign up for a free account with Trivia Maker and play online with the long distance grands that way. No matter how you decide to do this, always reward everyone at the end of the game with treats!
- 29th – Activity – I think that you can find state fairs in each of the 50 states in the U.S. You will have to research the place and time for your state. For those of you in other places around the world, they may have the equivalent of our state fair in your area as well.
- 30th – Text Idea – Here is a simple text to send to remind your grandchild to slow down and relax before school begins.