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The Independent Girl’s Guide to Summer

June 11, 2020

Summer brings the opportunity for our girls to try new things, gain more independence, and just be themselves! With more free time on their hands this year, we thought it would help to offer some ideas to kickstart summer fun at home. We’ve put together a guide to help your independent daughter enjoy some of her favorite activities, discover new passions and interests, play creatively, take reasonable risks, and solve problems.

Here’s what’s on our must-do list this summer: 

Get Messy:
Seriously Slime is a mom-owned business that provides virtual slime parties, events and classes where kids make their own slime to their liking! During the summer, Seriously Slime is offering virtual slime classes and kits delivered to your home or will provide a list of ingredients you can get on your own! Classes are $5 or $25 for the whole kit. A perfect outdoor sensory activity for your girl who seriously loves slime!

Photo: Seriously Slime 

Get Active:
Step up your backyard game with adventure-seeking products from B4 Adventures!  For girls who love to climb and push physical limits, the American Ninja Warrior line has competition sets, obstacles courses, and backyard adventure gear for kids.  We also love theIr 34-foot Slackline with Hand Holds for building core strength and coordination.

Photo: B4 Adventures

Color Me Happy:
We love the brand of books Hopscotch Girls by Melissa Foley that offer ways for girls to be creative, empowered, and have fun! Hopscotch Girls books feature positive role models, encourage girls to embrace their true selves, and use creativity and fun to bring families together. We especially love the “I am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls,” (Amazon, $6.59) that uses coloring to encourage girls to think beyond regular social conventions. Hopscotch Girls also offers a free “I am Brave” coloring page.  Let the daydreamy summer days of doodling begin!

Photo: Hopscotch Girls

Get Inspired with Books:
Rachel Ignotofsky’s beautiful illustrations help bring to life the stories of notable women in sports, science, and art.  Geared toward girls ages 9 and up, we’re spending time this summer getting inspired by Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win.  With profiles of 50 women athletes, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than forty sports, this book is sure to inspire our active girls to perfect their skills or try a new sport altogether!

Photo: Semicolon

For girls ages 5-8, the Strong Girls box set by Brad Meltzer features four heroic women - Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, and Sacagawea.  These educational and entertaining books are a great way to introduce young readers to these historical figures and learn about the traits that helped them change the world! (Bonus! Two of the women in this box set are featured on our Makoshey hero quote t-shirts!)

Photo: Semicolon

You can purchase these books from Semicolon, Chicago’s only black-woman owned Bookstore & Gallery.  They have a great selection of additional titles for independent girls—browse through their online shelves for more inspiration.

Brain Boosters:
Boredom busters are the key to a successful summer, and for those rainy days, we are really into Mudpuppy’s Little Feminist puzzle (Amazon, $12.48). This puzzle features a diverse group of amazing women from different periods in History including Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, and Billie Jean King. Your daughter can learn more about her heroes and discover new women to admire, all while fine tuning her spatial skills by puzzle building!

Photo: Mudpuppy

Create a stay positive binary bracelet or learn how to build a wireframe! Girls Who Code is tackling the gender gap in technology with a series of programs and resources. With their Code At Home Activities, girls can sign up for their weekly newsletter or download FREE activities at Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced levels right from their website.

Image: Girls Who Code

Girl power, delivered:
The Girls Can! Crate mission is to inspire girls to believe they can be and do anything by introducing them to fearless women who made the world better.  Our girls flip over their awesome monthly subscription box, which includes a story book about one of these female role models, hands-on science and art activities, and tips and tools to empower girls. Crate subscriptions start at $27.95 and mini-mailers at $18.50.

Photo: Girls Can! Crate



Get Cooking:
Our girls are more likely to try new foods and eat healthier when we cook together - or when they make food entirely on their own! Learn new culinary skills, dive into delicious recipes, and expand her taste buds with virtual cooking classes and camps with The Kids’ Table.  With interactive instruction from their skilled instructors, The Kids’ Table is bringing hands-on cooking fun into your home so that your aspiring chefs can chop, mix, and roll their way to different healthy and delicious dishes.  This yummy Easy Being Green dip is on the virtual class menu this week!

Photo: The Kids’ Table

Spread Kindness:
For girls who love reading and looking to forge connections in their communities, create a Little Free Library. Maybe you’ve seen these book-sharing boxes in your neighborhood.  Volunteers can create and sponsor one of these book-sharing boxes and help curate its contents. The website provides step-by-step instructions on how to create, register, and maintain your library.  What a fun way to give and get new books this summer for you and your neighbors!

Photo: Little Free Library

Chalk your walk! It’s easy, fun, and inspirational!  Our girls can spend an entire afternoon creating and playing with a box of chalk.  Design pictures and empowering messages of kindness and positivity with chalk on your sidewalk or driveway. They can also use the chalk to play fun games—take hopscotch to the next level, create a game board, bean bag toss, Twister, all with chalk!

We hope you and your families enjoy a fun, safe, and wonderful summer!

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