Look at Cristin's summer fun idea! She writes little outings/things to do on small pieces of paper, tucks them in tiny envelopes, and puts them on a photo tree. Her kiddos love finding out what fun things they'll be doing that day. Brilliant!
Cristin also does a book & craft a day in the morning. It keeps everyone reading together and doing a little something creative. Cristin's older children help her pick the book and/or craft.