Summer is a wonderful time for kids to get bored and parents to get frustrated. I’ve heard many times parents tell me that they can’t wait for school to start again. Or they tell me that they don’t know how teachers put up with their kids all year. Here are a few ideas to keep your kids busy and keep the parents sane!
Most of these ideas are pretty standard summer fun ideas. However, add a little twist to them and they become something much more entertaining for the kids!
Art supplies – Give them a bin of art supplies and let them get creative. Fill the bin with paper, markers, paints, yarn, pipe cleaners, beads, pom poms, rocks, and more! Put anything they can create in it!
Bubbles – If you have pipe cleaners they can create their own wands. They can also create large bubble wands with string and a stick. You will need some large cookie sheets filled with bubbles.
Squirt guns– Fill buckets of water and put them around the yard. They can run from station to station filling their guns and squirting whatever they want: people, sidewalks, the side of the car, the side of the garage. We bought crayon squirters at the dollar store! The kids love these and you can buy enough for everyone and extras!
PlayDough – I know there are many moms out there that don’t like the mess but this really is one mess that is worth it! The kids can be so creative and can play with it for hours and not get bored. Add in kitchen utensils, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes and they can create all sorts of creatures!
Sidewalk chalk – This one seems like a given for the summer but there are so many, many different things you can do with chalk. You can make murals, create roads for scooters or bikes, hopscotch, 4-square, tic tac toe, alphabet games, number games, and so much more. They can write and erase as they please.
Tent– Set up a tent or fort in the back yard. If you don’t own a tent you can make a fort out of bed sheets, rope and a few trees or stakes. Kids love any space they can crawl into and play in. They can play camping, house, castle, or anything their imaginations are thinking up at the moment!
Water play– Set up the sprinkler on a hot day. If you own a swing set with a slide, put the sprinkler over the slide and create a “water slide!” You will be the favorite parent of the week! Invite the kids to play games under the slide. Games like Capture the Flag, Tag, Ring Around the Rosie, Duck Duck Goose, Kickball, or Whiffleball are all more fun when getting wet!
Marshmallow Shooters – These are so fun and so easy to make! Directions here. These will keep the kids entertained all day. They can try to hit targets or beat each others’ distances!
Glow sticks – Glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces are so cheap to buy. You can use them at night to play games or wear for fun. They can be used in balloons, on water bottles to bowl with, ring toss, or tic tac toe in the dark. You can also make these fun glow in the dark frisbees!
Scavenger hunt – Make a list of things you might find in your backyard or print off a simple scavenger hunt. To make it even more interesting you could hide little treasures around the yard and see if the kids can find them. It could keep your kids busy for quite awhile and give you some peace and quiet for awhile!
Hopefully, this list will keep your kids busy so you can have a few minutes of peace and quiet this summer while they have some fun!