#Pinspiration Chat: summer activities with Zina

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School is out and long summer days are upon us. We’ve teamed up with blogger and mom, Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon, to bring you fun activities for keeping the family entertained this season.

This week’s theme is all about summer activities and we want to hear all about how you’re planning on keeping the kids active this break. Tweet us your summer activity #Pinspiration tips to @Pinterest and @LassoMoonLight this Friday, June 13th, between 10-11am PST.

We’ll be talking about summer bucket lists, science projects, biking adventures, and other ideas on how to stay busy with the little ones. We got a chance to chat with Zina on how she thinks about planning projects for her own family:

Hi, Zina! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to start your website, Let’s Lasso the Moon

Hi, Guys! I’m so flattered to be here with you today. Pinterest has had a huge impact on how I blog. I love the collective visual beauty and sense of community that Pinterest allows me to foster in my work.

A couple of years ago, my mentor Patti Filak inspired me with her belief that children reflect their parents like the moon reflects the sun. I started Let’s Lasso the Moon as a place to explore being the kind of person we want our children to reflect. I share simple ways for families to connect, to support one another, and to keep the passion for life-long learning alive.

My general motto has become, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” That curiosity and zest for life is precisely what I hope to inspire in my own children. I’m a freelance writer, graphic designer, and all-around “tech dork.” I’m entranced by the fine art of digital photography. I take piano lessons with my girls — I’ve played Clair De Lune about 184 times (and I find that I fall in love with it more each time I play it). I love to travel and go on adventures with the kids. And if you make a “Xena the Warrior Princess” joke upon our introduction, I promise to still be polite and smile…

Got any tips and tricks to share for planning kids’ activities? What will you be doing outdoors with your kids this summer?

Sometimes switching from a daily schedule to the openness of summer vacation can be challenging for kids (and parents!). This summer, consider having an ongoing weekly schedule; for example, make Monday: Library Day, Tuesday: Art Day, Wednesday: Outdoor Adventure Day, Thursday: Recipe Day, and Friday: Educational Fun Day. I have a good friend who even writes out the weekly schedule on their family chalkboard to help her kids know what to expect. Be sure to pick general categories to give yourself a lot of leeway. Then HAVE FUN creating Pinterest boards for each of your daily themes, so you’re never caught off guard.

I highly recommend that you pick ONE project or activity and prep the night before. I’m a firm believer in setting up Play Prompts. In other words, get all the components for an activity or craft ready, then let your child roll with it. Offer them space to be creative and get playful! (This also allows parents to find a little free time for themselves in a day, too.) If you need inspiration to get your own Pinterest boards started, I’ve been stockpiling everyday kids projects from a few of my favorite bloggers.

It was a long, cold winter in the Midwest this year, so we can’t wait to get out into the sunshine! This summer, we’ll be tending our sunflower house, eating ice-cream in the pool, exploring nature, and taking long family biking rides. So many ideas, and so little time! Rainbow bubble snakes are also a MUST-TRY experiment for us this year, giant backyard Jenga is on our family To-Do list, and we’ll definitely be making Rolo S’mores with the kids while on vacation this summer.

We love all the fun and creative ideas you’ve found on Pinterest. How do you use Pinterest for your day-to-day inspiration?

Parenting is a joyful — and draining — endeavor. At the end of the night, Pinterest is my go-to place to RELAX. I love to wander around the boards and soak up all the amazing ideas: photography tips, family recipes, DIY décor, kids’ activities… and Oh, the wanderlust! The Related Pins section is where “the magic happens” for me. I get positively whisked away by the wealth of creative ideas shared. It’s my favorite way to refresh my feed and to find new people to follow.

Over the last few years, Pinterest has allowed me to befriend parents, teachers, and bloggers from around the world. I’m constantly inspired by the art projects being shared by the collaborators on Growing Creative Kids boards and this fabulous go-to resource for Kids’ Activities. The creative energy from these communities inspires me to find simple ways to make ordinary family life into daily adventures. Every day, Pinterest peaks my curiosity and inspires me — it makes me a happier mom and a stronger professional blogger.

Thanks for the summer activities tips and tricks, Zina! Don’t forget to join us on Twitter this Friday and share your summer activity #Pinspiration with Zina and the Pinterest team. Also, be sure to check out her website and Pinterest boards for more inspiration. See you Friday!

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