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Break the Monotony: Summertime Activities for the Kids

It’s summertime again! I can hardly believe this year has passed so quickly.  The kids will be or are already home and there is bound to be some downtime at some point or another.  Looking through websites and ideas, I collected a list of things that could be interesting to entertain the kids with this summer.

Join a summer movie clubhouse: http://www.cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse

Homemade Slime: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/24/how-to-make-gak-slime/

Yo Yo Balloons: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/06/24/yo-yo-balloons-from-jessica-of-zakka-life/

Chalk Paint: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/27/chalk-paint/

Homemade Playdough: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/08/26/homemade-playdough/

Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Pencil erasers home bowling game: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Popcorn Olympics: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Balloon Ping-Pong: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Play-Doh Filled Ballons: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Pool noodle marble track: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Chalk bull’s-eye target game: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Throwing tarp: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Paper towel roll drop: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum

Summer bingo: http://www.enjoyutah.org/2012/04/summer-bingo-with-resources.html

Shaving cream slip and slide: http://www.playcreateexplore.org/2012/04/shaving-cream-slip-n-slide.html

Get creative with science: http://www.pinterest.com/redtedart/science/; http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/05/science-fun-for-kids.html

STEM the summer Slide: http://www.middleweb.com/15579/ideas-activities-stem-summer-slide/

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Shaving Cream Fun

Shaving Cream Fun

 Summer fun continues.  We got together with our friends today and had some shaving cream fun!  This is one the kids really like.  We did it a few days ago with other friends and they loved it too! It’s a little (or a lot) messy and that is the best part of it!  Definitely a hit!

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Keeping Growing Minds Busy–48 Summer Activity Ideas

The summer is in full effect, the kids are out of school!  I have one in school, William, and he is so used to being busy that I have had to be proactive and think of some things to do this summer.  My younger kids have a blast going along with the fun activities too!  I have spent some time on Pinterest gathering ideas.  The websites I visited most were: U Create, 101 Kids Summer Activities, 100+ Science Activities for kids and 500+ Activities for Kids. It is a great place to spark the creative side.  Today, I hit a couple of stores collecting materials for some activities this summer.  So far this summer we have had an obstacle course, water balloon fight and marshmallow shooters.

1. Paint Rocks

2. Go to the zoo with your zoo passport

3. Hiking

4. Bowling

5. Camp Out in the Family Room

6. Make S’mores

7. Go on a picnic

8. Scavenger Hunt

9. Have a water balloon fight

10. Indoor Fort

11. Fun Summer Reading Program

12. Make a time capsule

13. Go to a drive-in movie theater

14. Go Camping

15. Camp out in your backyard

16. Homemade Marshmallow Shooter

17. Make a video

18. Treasure Hunt

19. Make root beer floats

20. Ice Cream Party with toppings

21. Make Puppets and have a puppet show

22. Bucket Game

23. Make a fruit salad

24. Alphabet Treasure Hunt

25. Board game day

26. Feed ducks at a lake

27. Splash Pad

28. Balloon Tennis

29. Sandbox Scavenger Hunt

30. Indoor Hopscotch with pillows and tape

31. Neighborhood reading party serve snacks

32. Go on a stay-cation (with a pool)

33. Summer Journal

34. Summer Exercise Program

35. Make treats and deliver to neighbors

36. Homemade pizza night

37. Window markers

38. Sponge ball tag

39. Around the World

40. Science Experiments

41. Shaving Cream Slip and Slide

42. Neighborhood clean up

43. Easter Egg Hunt

44. Pool noodle race track

45. Dress up party

46. Water Balloon Pinata

47. PVC Pipe Play

48. Make homemade Gak