'The Relatives Came' by Cynthia Rylant - A Summertime Picture Book Feature + 5 Fun Activities!

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant captures the magic of family, old-fashioned travel and summertime!


When I was a kid, I couldn't wait for those special summers when our relatives came to visit!


They would pack up their stuff, grab the kids and travel in their camper all the way from Texas to the northeast.



They were city; we were country and the excitement and memories made once they arrived were unmatched!



Sometimes when the relatives arrived- after not seeing them for awhile, there were those shy or awkward moments for the kids--depending on the age and kid of course.


But, that soon faded and you find yourself talking long into the night, reminiscing and seeing how things have changed, and how they've stayed the same.



I don't know about you, but these days I've got family scattered all over the place. Even the ones that aren't far away, we don't get to see that much. But when we do, it's like the years melt away and you just talk and talk.


It's books like The Relatives Came that remind you of the stuff that's important and jog your memory of good times you had as a kid!


The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant makes a great read-aloud and lends itself to some fun activities. Kids who have already read it will enjoy the fun activities below!




Fun Ideas to Go Along with The Relatives Came!


Take a Road Trip!

The relatives in this story traveled pretty far, but close trips are just as fun! Pick a place, pack a lunch and hit the road!




Make a Photo-Book or Frame a Family Photo!


These days it's easier than ever to take photos and do fun things with them.


Getting together and taking family photos and fun selfies are affordable, easy and sweet ways to relive those fabulous family moments!


There are many places to get these cherished memories printed. Target, CVS, and Walgreens (among many others!) have photo services.


Or if you prefer using an online service, Shutterfly & Snapfish are two trusted names for photo printing and projects.


Play Some Classic Car-Travel Games!


Car Bingo is a classic car travel game that I loved as a kid!

Here is a site that has some other great games and amusements!



Enjoy Some Watermelon!

Summertime and watermelon go hand-in-hand! Slice it, dice it, put it in a fruit salad or make a frozen dessert with it!


It's the perfect summertime treat! Below is part of one of the illustrations from The Relatives Came and the inspiration for this classic summertime treat!



Put Together a Family Tree!

This is a simple, yet super fun way for kids to figure out who's who in the family!


You can make one with simple drawing materials, or go online for great printables. Here's a site with a lot of options!


Have an Ice Breaker Ready!

Sometimes it takes a bit for kids to warm up to each other especially if they haven't seen one another in a while. Help move things along with a game or ice breaker or fun activity!

Here are a bunch of fun things to do!


Make a Suitcase DIY Craft!



This fun craft will keep fingers and minds busy and doesn't take up much room when it's done!


The above suitcase was made with a matchbox, craft paper, stickers, buttons, glue and felt! So fun!


Anything goes and it can be tailored to your interest! Here's one tutorial that uses an Altoids tin and is fun and easy!


Hope you're having a terrific summer and staying cool! Have a favorite picture book that goes along with summer? Let us know in the comments below!


Enjoy!

April


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Looking for some more fun idea to go along with summer? Our Ice Cream Club post is filled with great ideas for staying home or when you're on the road!



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