It’s now the dog days of summer. School’s been out for a couple of months and the excitement is gone. We’re now hearing the inevitable gripe “I’m bored! There’s NOTHING to do!”
Here are some fun and creative ideas to keep the kids entertained for the rest of this summer. I know we’ll be trying a few very soon!
Home Made Toast has a tutorial on how to make a leak proof water blob.
It’s inexpensive, easy to make, and most importantly will keep the kids cool and entertained for hours. Great idea if you don’t have a backyard pool, or don’t have time to take them to the community pool.
Homemade Slime should keep them busy for a while.
Kids love gooey, sticky, disgusting stuff like slime. My grandson Devon loves this stuff! Even my adult son does, he’s already purchased a box of Borax to make his own for his 2 year old twins.
Most homemade slime recipes, like the one my son has, contain Borax. Here’s a recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose that’s edible and Borax free. It should keep the kids busy for a few hours; you get added time if you let older kids help make it! For recipe click here!
Another kid favorite is Play Dough, and they do like to eat it too.
Sidewalk chalk is a great thing, it keeps kids busy for hours and brings out their creativity; but it’s so messy.
After an afternoon of creative fun the kids not only need baths, but their clothes need washing and the walls need scrubbing too! (My grandsons somehow manage to get their chalky hands all over the doors and walls)
Here’s a neater alternative from Infarrantly Creative, Chalk Spray! It uses corn starch, dishwashing soap, and washable tempera paints; you probably have at least 2 of the ingredients in you kitchen already! For recipe click here!
You can buy one like this Little Tykes turtle sandbox or DIY like the one pictured here. You can buy sand at the garden department of Home Depot or Walmart and dump it into a large shallow plastic storage bin, the ones that go under the bed are the perfect depth. Which ever way you go be sure you always cover it after play. We learned the hard way when we had a sandbox built in our yard, kids love them but so do the neighborhood cats!
We’ve since dismantled the sandbox and have purchased one one with a lid! (Affiliate links)
Or better yet make a Sandbox and a Water Table. Love this idea from Child At Heart!
Kids young and old love bubbles.
For recipe click here!I love this idea of using a beverage dispenser for bubble refills.
I plan to keep it handy all summer long! It’s a great idea for kids’ parties too! Here’s a regular bubble recipe!