Fun Summer Activities to Do at Home [Guest Post]

Happy Wednesday my loves…

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The kids are home from school and the days are long. How do you keep your kids busy without spending a fortune on amusement parks and trips to the beach or parking them in front of Netflix? Encourage your children to play!

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that children are playing less than ever. Recess periods have been trimmed or eliminated in schools, same goes for physical education classes. Children are also involved in so many different activities that they rarely have the opportunity for free play. “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It allows children to explore the world, practice adult roles, and gain confidence. And it improves children’s social skills as well by helping them to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflict, and and to learn self-advocacy skills.”

Here are some fun activities that you can do with your family at home to make the most of the summer and foster your child’s social development, all while creating great memories.

Inspire the Next Jackson Pollock!

Do you kids’ eyes light up at the idea of getting messy or creating chaos? Don’t worry, it’s normal! These exploding paint bags are a great outlet for that energy and your driveway makes the perfect canvas. You can make these bags with simple ingredients from your kitchen: zip lock bags, corn starch, vinegar, food coloring, and baking soda. Find directions with measurements for the ingredients here.

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Turn Your Garage Into a Laboratory

The summer before I started fourth grade, I spent my days with the neighborhood kids hanging out in the garage performing science experiments. My poor mother had so many “beautiful” wave machines (2-liter bottle, water, oil, food coloring) all over the house. There are a ton of experiments on Science Kids for your kids to try this summer including building volcanoes, making eggs float, and of course, diet coke and mentos! If your kids are into bubbles and you have time to closely supervise, try making “alien” bubbles” with dry ice and bubble solution (pictured).

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Let Your Kids Get Tattoos

Well, sort of! Allow your kids to indulge their artistic side by making temporary tattoos with watercolor sticks or crayons–the same tools used for face painting at festivals. Dip the tip of the crayon or stick into water and you’re ready to create a masterpiece. The “tattoos” should wash away easily, but even if it takes an extra day, no worries, it’s summer!

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Care for Backyard Animals

This birdfeeder is so easy to make! All you need are toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, a spreading tool (I would use a plastic butter knife), and birdseed. Once done, hang them on tree branches and observe the birds that visit throughout the summer. A word of caution, your bird feeder may be stolen by squirrels, but it’s worth the laughs.

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Cool Off With Sponge Bombs

Water balloons are a summertime staple, but once they burst they are done, and sometimes they hurt! Sponge bombs are a great alternative–soft to the touch and reusable throughout the summer. Watch this video to find out how to make your own sponge bombs.

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Organize a Scavenger Hunt

Get your kids outside and exploring their natural environment by setting up a scavenger hunt. Involve neighborhood kids if possible to make the competition more exciting. Treat everyone with healthy, homemade popsicles to cool off when they are done.

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Finally, You May Want to Create a Schedule

Yes, it’s summer time and you want to be flexible. Busy days will still come up for you though and navigating those days amidst a chorus of, “I’m bored,” can certainly be challenging. Prepare for those days by creating a daily schedule. Your kids will be used to it from school and it will also help ease their transition back to school in the fall. Sure, plans will change, but this will help you stay organized and create a sense of routine for your children. Don’t forget to schedule some quiet time!

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For other tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.

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2 thoughts on “Fun Summer Activities to Do at Home [Guest Post]

  1. Nicole says:

    Oh wow! You have no idea how much I needed this post. I’ve been seriously stressing over what we’re going to do all summer long. With my kids getting older, 10 and 7, all the little kid activities are “boring” for them. The idea of having a nature scavenger hunt and daily schedule is really awesome!

    • Kiks says:

      I couldn’t agree more Nicole, when they get older the usual summer tricks don’t work anymore. Mommies need to be more creative. And it helps to have tips from other moms so we’ll not run out of summer activities.

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