I have mentioned before how much we love our neighborhood. With the weather warming up and the evenings getting longer, we are once again passing each other on walks, visiting at the mailboxes, and stepping across the lawn just to say “hi”.
On warm summer evenings, it’s not uncommon to find us gathering on someones porch with a cool drink and lively conversation. Because our house sits in the middle of the block, and our porch looks out over the entire street, we often become the gathering spot. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. With our kids being a little older than the rest, parents can sit and visit in peace, knowing that their kids are being entertained.
Sidewalk chalk is a favorite around here. Our driveway is almost always filled with works of art. Last summer we kept some sidewalk chalk and toys ready and waiting in our garage. But, because I’m usually working on a project or two and our kids are all teens, we don’t necessarily have the most child friendly garage. So this year I decided to solve this problem by creating what I’m calling “Fun On Wheels”.
I cleaned off our trusty Radio Flyer wagon and gathered a variety of containers in different sizes. Then I found some boxes of crayons and colored pencils that I had in my stash, added some white paper for drawing, and took stock of what else I had on hand. A quick trip to the dollar section of Target filled in the gaps for me. Now when the neighbors gather on my porch, we can simply pull out the wagon from the garage and the fun can begin.
A big bucket of new sidewalk chalk ensures that there’s plenty for everyone.
The big blue tin pail keeps the four smaller one’s in one place. Coloring anyone?
I added some pencils, both plain lead and colored, for the older kids.
A bucket of new crayons beckon to little Picasso’s.
And every artist gets hungry for a snack eventually.
A clear plastic bins holds coloring books and plain drawing paper.
These homemade clip boards make the perfect lap easel for budding artists who want to create their own masterpiece.
I will show you how I made these another day.
And what summer night would be complete without bubbles filling the air? This bucket holds enough for a crowd.
And, last but certainly not least, a little something for the more active in the bunch. A game of Frisbee is always a good time.
This house is now ready for warm summer evenings. Let the “fun on wheels” begin!