No matter how many activities your summer is filled with, parents are STILL tortured with the phrase “I’m bored” every now and then. It get’s really bad when there is bad weather and outside activities are out of question. However, we’re here to help! There are tons of activities that can help pass the time, that are not only fun but can be educational! Here are a few ideas that are sure to be a great time with your kids this summer!
This is an awesome project when you don’t want to spend a lot of money or go out somewhere. Chances are you have everything you need in your pantry! All you need is water, glycerin (or Karo syrup), and dishwashing liquid. By combining these ingredients you can create your own bubbles that kids LOVE playing with! If you want to try out some colored bubbles, just add some food coloring to your soapy mixture. The best part is, this mixture is safe for kids and they’ll have a blast making them and playing with them!
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp light Karo Syrup or glycerin
- 4 tbsp dishwashing liquid
Stir the 3 ingredients until dissolved. This recipe is best made in large batches, best made in gallon containers that are also great for storage.
No matter how young your kids are, kids of all ages can enjoy this craft! The best part is – you can even use these as home decor or gifts when you’re finished with them! The secret to these awesome crafts is wrapping yarn around pipe cleaners. However, if you don’t have pipe cleaners you can use anything that is moldable and will allow for yarn to adhere to the surface. Grab those bunches of yarn you never use and have some fun with the kids! You can do a simple letter or go as far as creating names for bedroom walls or a pet’s name for decoration. The possibilities are endless!
Polka Dot Slime
It doesn’t get better than making a mess – that’s mom approved! This recipe is not only easy but super fun to make. Slime never gets old, and the additions from the old-school slime from our childhood are super cool to try out. Awesome side note – the polka dots don’t slip out of the slime! There are tons of recipes, but some don’t always work well. So far, this is the best recipe that’s been discovered. Please keep in mind these are not edible, so close supervision is required for all ages!
- 10 oz Elmer’s Glue
- Liquid Starch
Pour the glue into a bowl, while adding a little bit of liquid starch at a time. It’s best to gradually add in the liquid starch, as it will mix better that way. Keep adding liquid starch until the slime is no longer sticky/stringy! Once the slime is formed and you’ve kneaded it, add your pom-poms and re-knead. The suggested amount is between 15-30.
Summer is kids favorite time of the year, but that doesn’t always go for parents. It’s not always easy to find safe and fun activities to keep the whole family busy when school is out of session. However, we hope these activities can help. What are your favorite summer activities? Leave your comments below!