The coming of summer means kids are out of school, the weather is hot, and families want to go on vacation. But what do you do with all the extra time at home during your regularly daily routine? Here are some budget friendly ideas that kids will love too!
Make a gigantic scrabble game with pieces of construction paper. This sounds like such a fun way to teach kids how to spell and the size of the game gives it an "Alice in Wonderland" feel. The whole family will have a blast playing this educational lawn game and you'll be able to re-use the tiles to play all summer long!
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Make this liquid sidewalk chalk paint with stuff you probably have around the house. Kids will have hours of fun, although they may have to be hosed-down before coming back into the house!
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Design your own back yard fort with a folding table and blanket. Simply drape the blanket (or several) over the table to completely enclose the space or leave one side open. The fort "floor" can be accessorized with more blankets and pillows for backyard lounging. A backyard fort is perfect for reading books, watching a movie on a tablet, or enjoying a backyard picnic lunch!
EZ Fort even makes kits to take fort building a step further!
This game will help little ones master their motor skills, encourage exercise, and create a fun memory! Design your own Hula Hoop Croquet course with items you can find at the dollar store.
Cut the hoops in half, insert one end of a sick into each hoop end, and push the stick into the ground on both ends to create an arch with each hoop. You can take your game design a step further by painting the balls to look like real croquet balls. A full tutorial with instructions and design ideas is available from The Crafting Chicks.
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Create a sandbox out of an ordinary under-the-bed box. Fill the box with sand and a few toys and voila! You'll have a portable sandbox with a lid. This project is a perfect for small spaces and temporary usage. Plus it's easy to replace the sand or even add different colors!
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What are your favorite summer kids' activities? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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