It’s that time of year again. Kids are home and bored already! Here are 7 activities that I used “back in the day” to keep my little ones entertained during the long, hot summer. They didn’t cost much and best of all, they worked.
Pour a bottle of bubble bath in the pool then aim the hose at the soapy water. In minutes you’ll have huge mounds of bubbles. When the bubbles get low, aim the hose again to make more. Best for those collapsible or kiddie pools. Use an eco-friendly soap so not to harm lawns or gardens.
Indoors our outside, a tent can keep the kids busy for hours. Use a real tent or fashion one from old sheets or towels. Put a cooler with water, juice or snacks nearby and they’ll be in heaven!
Give younger kids sheets of cardboard or boxes and they’ll come up with all sorts of ways to use them. Slides, “cars”, forts, puppet show theaters – my kids even made “office” cubicles out of them. Just set a no climbing rule and do any cutting yourself.
Set aside an area in the garage or basement for the kids to paint, wallpaper or “repair”. Give them plastic tools, paper scraps, some non-toxic paint, glue and brushes and let them have at it. Looks really…interesting…but like childhood, it won’t last forever.
Driveways, sidewalks, big chalk boards or walls painted with chalk board paint are irresistible canvases for kids. Buy chalks in different sizes and colors and put them in buckets (another attractive “adult” thing for kids) for toting and storage.
If you have the room, fill one of your kitchen base cabinets with kid friendly stuff. They love playing with plastic storage containers, old pots and pans, spoons and other “adult” stuff.
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Save old costumes, clothing and lots of accessories. Putting them in a trunk adds a special touch, but a box or plastic container will do. They’ll “discover” the treasures over and over again.