It’s been summer for a few weeks now. Kids getting bored? Here are 7 activities that I used “back in the day” to keep my little ones entertained during the long, hot summers. They didn’t cost much and best of all, they loved every one of them.
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.
Find an area in the garage or basement that you don’t mind if the kids 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. Or keep a box of plastic storage containers, old pots and pans, spoons and other kitchen gadgets nearby. They love playing with “adult” stuff.
Save old costumes, clothing and any kind of accessories for exploration, role playing or serious dress up. Store them in a trunk, box or plastic bin (the container in itself is part of the attraction…) and let them discover the treasures over and over again.
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