Summer is just around the corner and there are a few special activities that always seem to bring me back to the U.S. (at least in spirit) no matter where I am in the world—a few little slices of Americana, if you will. I’m sure you have your own summer must-dos, but here are a few of my favorites, that I know your kids will love too! Hopefully they make you feel right back at home.
Sign Up for a Summer Reading Program
As a FS mom myself, I’m always looking for ways to keep our kids connected to U.S. culture and a summer reading program is the perfect way to give our kids an American experience—while they even learn a little more about American history. I’m kicking off my own Summer Reading Program this month, and if your kid completes it, they can win a free book! Get all the info: www.USHistoryAbroad.com/Summer-Reading
Make Some Patriotic Crafts
Get ready for Independence Day with a few patriotic crafts! From paper-plate star wreaths to red, white, and blue slime, a quick search will lead you to hundreds of ideas that’ll keep your kids entertained over the summer.
Cheer on Team U.S.A. in the Olympics
There’s nothing like the patriotism we feel when cheering on the U.S. Olympics team! (This is where some of those crafts may come in handy too!) The games begin on July 23!
Create Your Own Salt Water Taffy
Depending on what part of the U.S. you’re from, you may equate summer to a trip to the boardwalk and a pile of salt water taffy! It’s actually not that difficult to make! Check out this recipe: tasty.co/recipe/saltwater-taffy
Whip Up Some All-American Eats
What’s your fave summer dish? Apple pie? A juicy cheeseburger? A big bowl of strawberries? Plan a potluck for your friends at post and have everyone bring their favorite summer dish from back home. (There are a ton of crowd-pleasing recipes available online!)