Now that school is out, the kids are at home, and the ancient complaint is ringing through the ears of parents all over the country...
>>insert realization of how severely underpaid our teachers are<<
If you cut out sleep times, meal times, and bath times, parents have roughly 10 hours out of the day to keep their children occupied. There are also aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends, and babysitters who have the job of wisely engaging the ever-wondering minds of the youngsters in their lives. How on earth can it be accomplished without either going insane, or just handing them an electronic device for hours upon end?
I was browsing through earlier this week and noticed that there are a LOT of fun ideas on the internet to bust that summer boredom. I thought I'd share a few with you that seemed cost effective AND super fun!
source: Glitter on a Dime
This activity may be messy, but only requires 4 supplies, which can all be found at the dollar store! Just set out some paper in a safe area, throw on some play clothes, mix the bubbles and food coloring, and get to blowing!
Click HERE for the full instructions.
Ice Cream in a Bag
source: Growing a Jeweled Rose
So, this project was actually in one of my class activity manuals in the 3rd grade! We made this ice cream in class. I still vividly remember it, and it tasted SO good to me! Plus, it was just super neat to me that I was able to make ice cream in a bag!
This mom had a great idea for this ice cream. Since it includes a lot shaking in order to get the ice cream to form, she takes her kids outside and plays tag or toss, or something similar to get the kids (and the bag of ice cream) moving!
Find all the instructions HERE.
source: Life as Mama
What a perfect way to end a summer day! After dinner, just throw some glow sticks into a few water bottles, and settle up your own bowling game in the yard! Help your kiddos release that final round of energy before winding down for bedtime! 😊
I hope you get to try one (or all!) of these activities this summer! If you have any other fun summer activities you do with your kids, feel free to tell us about them in the comments below! We'd love to hear from you!
Ciao for now,