Thanks to our move, which was complicated when the landlord of our rental house decided to put the house we were moving out of on the market, during the last few weeks before we moved (making for daily showings, while packing and cleaning were going on) we didn't do much for crafting, baking, or elaborate summer fun in June.
I pretty much left the children to their own devices, with some interesting, and rewarding results. Hopefully, as we settle into our new house, and get back into the swing of summer fun, I'll get a chance to share a few of them along the way.
As for tonight, I'm planning on unpacking another box or two, and then collapsing into a comfy chair, with my Kindle, for a round or two (or ten) of Letter Garden - our new favorite app for the summer.
We discovered the free "spelling" app when looking for something to pass the time with while we were waiting out of the house during showings. At first, it was "my game", but it wasn't long before the children decided, one by one, to give it a try, and became completely hooked, as well.
It's a drop down type game, where you clear rows of letters by making words from adjoining letters, within a given time period. Each level requires more rows to be cleared within the time - adding a few help type buttons as you progress. Three letter words are allowed (though rude words are not), making it easy enough for younger children, while still challenging enough for adults.
It's a great way to keep the mind sharp, pass the time on those days when it's too hot to get outside, and sneak in a little summer spelling practice in the guise of a very enjoyable, and ridiculously addictive game.