It’s the 10th of the month which means my friends and I gathered together to share some fun ideas. This month’s theme is POLKA DOTS. I love me some polka dots. But I was stumped on what to create. I went for something practical associated with kids activities— summer punch cards. Check out what I made and then hop on to my friends for more awesome polka dot ideas!
Summer summer summer time… it’s upon us. Some friends around the country have been out of school for weeks. We still have one more week left. But I can already hear the “Mooooom I’m bored’s” coming. In an effort to combat that, I made a simple printable that will get kids moving and also reward them for doing something other than watching tv or playing video games.
I’ve seen several different versions of charts, activity sheets, printables, even other punch cards. Including this card from Craftinge – they are working on earning money for a family trip. So awesome! For my family, I needed ours to be bigger with more specific categories.
My categories are: chores, reading, outdoors, RAOK (random acts of kindness) and cooking. These are all areas I want my kids to focus on over the summer.
The idea is that for every activity your child does (which can be discussed and decided as a family), they get a punch. When they punch all the dots, they get a reward. Rewards can be decided for each child because what what works for one, won’t work for another. You could also work it that when a category is punched, he or she will earn a prize. Think along the lines of- extra electronic time, money, mom/daughter or son lunch date, etc.
You don’t have to use a hole punch. You could just use a pen and have your kids mark off each thing as they do it.
And one more idea- laminate the “punch card” and use a dry erase marker instead. That way you only need one and it can be used over and over again. Read more about why I love my laminator so much.
Take this and do with it whatever you like! Do what works for you. All you need is a printer, cardstock and hole punch to make it happen.
I know not everyone will want the same categories so I made a generic one too.
Updated to add:
A few people have said that these cards are too big for hole punches. I have one that can punch anywhere so it works for me. You don’t have to use a hole punch if you don’t want to. But I created a smaller business card version too:
This goes perfectly with my Summer Binder and worksheets that I just posted about last week:
Ok don’t stop there— here are the amazing other polka dot projects from my sweet friends. Make sure to visit and tell them how awesome they are (because they really really are!):
1. Summer Punch Card from Thirty Handmade Days
2. Popcorn Cake from Your Homebased Mom
3. Polka Dot Jewelry Boxes from eighteen25
4. Polka Dot Photo Booth Background from Kristen Duke
5. Framed Polka Dot Dry Erase Board from Lolly Jane
6. Polka Dot 4th of July Mantel from Landeelu
7. Polka Dot Surprise Cake from Or So She Says
8. Polka Dot and Striped Flag from Simply Kierste
9. Summer Printable from Two Twenty One