The coming of summer means kids are out of school, the weather is hot, and families want to go on vacation. But what do you do with all the extra time at home during your regularly daily routine? Here are some budget friendly ideas that kids will love too!
Play Backyard Scrabble
Make a gigantic scrabble game with pieces of construction paper. This sounds like such a fun way to teach kids how to spell and the size of the game gives it an “Alice in Wonderland” feel. The whole family will have a blast playing this educational lawn game and you’ll be able to re-use the tiles to play all summer long!
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Liquid Sidewalk Chalk
Make this liquid sidewalk chalk paint with stuff you probably have around the house. Kids will have hours of fun, although they may have to be hosed-down before coming back into the house!
- Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of cornstarch.
- Pour it into muffin tins or small cups.
- Add food coloring to make the colors you would like.
- Stir and enjoy!
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Make a Backyard Fort
Design your own back yard fort with a folding table and blanket. Simply drape the blanket (or several) over the table to completely enclose the space or leave one side open. The fort “floor” can be accessorized with more blankets and pillows for backyard lounging. A backyard fort is perfect for reading books, watching a movie on a tablet, or enjoying a backyard picnic lunch!
EZ Fort even makes kits to take fort building a step further!
Set Up a Game of Hula Hoop Croquet
This game will help little ones master their motor skills, encourage exercise, and create a fun memory! Design your own Hula Hoop Croquet course with items you can find at the dollar store.
- Hula hoops cut in half
- Several balls of the same size
- A bundle of short sticks
Cut the hoops in half, insert one end of a sick into each hoop end, and push the stick into the ground on both ends to create an arch with each hoop. You can take your game design a step further by painting the balls to look like real croquet balls. A full tutorial with instructions and design ideas is available from The Crafting Chicks.
Photo Credit: The Crafting Chicks
Make a Portable Sandbox
Create a sandbox out of an ordinary under-the-bed box. Fill the box with sand and a few toys and voila! You’ll have a portable sandbox with a lid. This project is a perfect for small spaces and temporary usage. Plus it’s easy to replace the sand or even add different colors!
Create Colored Sand
- Place sand in a bowl for each color you want to make.
- Add water to each bowl until the sand is submerged.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl.
- Allow the mixture to sit for at least one hour to absorb the color.
- Pour out the water and spread the sand on a flat surface to dry.
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What are your favorite summer kids’ activities? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, DIY projects, photography, homeschooling my kids, traveling, and serving people. I’ve previously worked as a graphic designer, web designer, journalist and barista. I started Create. Play. Travel. to share some of our creative projects and family adventures. I hope you enjoy the highlights of our creative family life!