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Fun with Family with Julie Lavender - Make sizzling summer memories
Julie Lavender
Julie Lavender

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Listen to Julie Lavender's latest 'Fun with the Family' column

    The month of June brings excitement for all, with trips to the beach, popsicles, sleeping in, Vacation Bible Schools, picnics with friends, honoring Dads, swimming and sun, and yummy, fresh vegetables. Use the warm days ahead to make sizzling summer memories with those you love. Try some of the celebrations below or create some of your own special summer events. 
    National Crayon Day — What’s your favorite crayon color? Periwinkle, cerulean, magenta, wisteria, or robin’s egg blue? Although there’s nothing quite like a brand-new box of sharpened crayons, you can celebrate the day with used, chipped, and broken crayons with this fun craft. Purchase a small canvas from the craft store for each person completing the craft.
    On a hot, sunny day this month, carefully strip off shavings of crayons with a potato peeler or old cheese grater onto the flat canvas. Scatter the shavings to make an abstract design. Leave the canvas in the sun for at least an hour, until the shavings have melted.
    Then bring the picture inside a cool room for the crayons to “set.” You can get creative by tilting the canvas several times while it’s outside to let the crayon “run” just a little. Or, you can use small paintbrushes to spread out the colors once they melt to blend and form new shades and mixtures. Once the colors harden, set up the pictures in the den and have an art-gallery showing! 
    Donut Day — Cut up some fresh fruit for breakfast and add a few donuts for dessert. Eat outside on the porch in the early morning and listen for a variety of bird songs and calls. Then, look for other things with holes today — buttons, rings, ponytail holders, or bagels.
    Bald Eagle Days — The population of bald eagles in Georgia has soared in the last couple of years. Eagles favor river and reservoir habitat and coastal regions. Be on the lookout for bald eagles this summer, and in the meantime, check out Soaring with the Wind, by Gail Gibbons for nighttime reading.
    Best Friends Day — Celebrate the gift of friendship by inviting a slew of best friends over for some partner challenges and relays. Play games like elbow tag, where best friends link elbows and run away from the player who is “it.” When “it” tags a person, that child links arms with him or her and the former partner becomes the new “it.”
    Try another partnering game, like an old-fashioned three-legged race or a kickball game in which two people have to run the bases together after one kicks the ball. Find other partner challenges and then end the day with lemonade.  
    Summer — Though our children beg to differ, summer technically has not arrived. Celebrate the longest day of the year and official first day of summer, June 20, with lots of outdoor playtime. Run through sprinklers, toss water balloons, go swimming or fishing, eat watermelon, or chase butterflies. Just remember the sunscreen and drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
    Enjoy every minute of the month of June, especially those extra daylight hours, with those you love….I plan to do the same.  
    Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel, and Jessica.

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