Summer is coming, and there is fun to be had. If you haven’t created a summer bucket list for your family, then here are some suggestions that will get you out in the sun, enjoying the weather and the activities that come with this warm-weather season.
1. Ice Chalk
Sidewalk chalk is one of the staples of a childhood summer, and making the chalk a break from the brutal summer heat can be just the thing to enjoy outside on a hot day. With a little corn starch, water, food coloring and ice cube trays, you can take sidewalk chalk to the next level by freezing it. Not only does it give your kids the chance to cool off, but it also gives them the chance to create unique artwork.
2. Pool Noodle Water Wall
How many parents have answered a phone call, folded a few towels or turned your back for a few seconds only to find your three-year-old “washing” his toy cars in a sink full of soapy water in the bathroom? Kids love playing with water, and if you’d rather not have an indoor swimming pool this summer, then try creating this pool noodle water wall that will have your little ones practicing their motor skills and satisfying their need to splash around in the water.
3. Cloud Watch or Stargaze
Kiddie pools aren’t just for taking a dip when the temperature climbs. They can also be used as a place safe from ants and itchy grass when you’re looking for shapes in the clouds or locating the Big Dipper. Just grab some pillows and blankets and enjoy Mother Nature’s show.
4. Rainbow Bubble Snake
Kids and bubbles go together like peanut butter and jelly, and when you add food coloring, you have a summer activity that won’t disappoint. All you need is some dish soap, water, a recycled water bottle and an old sock and you have the potential to create rainbow bubble snakes that will impress all of the neighbor kids.
5. Make Solar-Powered S’mores
Summer time often presents opportunities to roast s’mores over an open campfire. But if you don’t have a fire pit nearby or aren’t the camping type, then try making a kid-friendly, solar-powered oven that is perfect for creating those nostalgic summer treats without an open flame.
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Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.