I know it’s still spring, but before we know it, school will be out, and we’ll be hearing the dreaded “I’m bored!” exclamation, times a million. So, to remedy this and to help you and me maintain our sanity, here are 20 fun ideas to keep the kiddos busy this summer.
How about this Backyard Twister game from Hey Caryl! Looks like tons of fun.
Or this adorable kids’ car wash from Domestic Charm.
Check out this creative sidewalk circle game from Little Hands Big Work. I’ve played it with my kids and they love it!
This giant human bubble pool from One Charming Party is genius! I definitely want to try it with my kiddos.
This “Use Your Noodle Game” from Parents.com looks like a ton of fun.
Strip your kids down and let them paint on the sidewalk or back patio! This concoction (from Diaper Shops.com) is just cornstarch, water, and food coloring!
If you want to conserve on water, make this fun shaving cream slip ‘n slide from Play Create Explore.
Or do what we used to do in the good ‘ol days and build an outdoor fort, ride bikes, swing, or make a candy or icecream pit stop!
If it’s too hot outside, go back to your comfortably air-conditioned place and do one of these fun things:
Make “The World’s Best Paper Airplanes” and have a flying contest.
Let them paint virtually mess-free with plain water on construction paper! My son loves it! And, once the paper dries, it’s totally re-usable!
This homemade playdough from The Frugal Girls is the best! I’ve made it multiple times with my kids and they love how soft and pliable it is.
Make some homemade Gak with this recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff
These marshmallow shooters from Come Together Kids are sure to be a “blast”! This is another one that I’m definitely going to do.
Let them paint mess-free with this ziploc bag idea from Hippie Housewife!
My son would love this simple car track that goes down the stairs! Sorry…I wish I knew who to give credit for this…the link was dead.
Build a masking tape track on your floor, like this fun one from the Kids Activities Blog.
Go to your local library and check out a few of the “100 Best Children’s Books”, from the Children’s Book Guide. They have some really good recommendations. I’ve read many of them to my kids.
Set up an art station for organized creativity with this simple “Muffin Tin Caddy” from Craft Gossip.
Make some delicious homemade pudding pops to keep cool (recipe and image from Kraft Recipes).
or make fruit juice popsicles like these from The Sweetest Occasion! Don’t they look mouthwatering and so refreshing?
Make some colorful, tasty Koolaid Popcorn (recipe from Maddy Cakes Muse) and kick back to watch a movie!
I hope you’ve seen something (or lots of things) that you and your kids would love to do to stay busy when school’s out! Here’s to a fun-filled summer break!