In searching for ways to keep the kids busy during the summer months, whether it be a beautiful sunny day, or a rainy day indoors, I have found that a simple can of shaving cream can evoke all the smiles and laughter you can imagine for kids. Not sure what it is about the fresh smelling fluffy stuff, but my kids love it and the activities that we do with it on any occasion. We use it for crafts, painting, and sensory play on rainy days, but on bright sunny days it is a cheap way for the kids to have a really good time! A can of shaving cream costs a dollar or less, but the smiles it evokes from the kids is totally priceless. For this summer fun activity all you will need is a slide of any shape or size, and a few cans of shaving cream. This IS my kid’s favorite summer activity to date.
We are in full blown summer mode as of this week, so be prepared to be bombarded on A Spotted Pony with kid crafts, projects, and activities! When the kids are home for the summer they are my number one priority, so other projects get put on hold while we make memories during the summer! I figure, why not share it all with you in case you need some inspiration with summer time activities. Here is a super simple craft project that you can do with the kids to create a fantastic patriotic windsock to help decorate outside for the fourth f July holiday! It is super inexpensive to make, helps kids work on patterns, colors, and cutting, and is super cute swaying in the wind outdoors to boot. Grab some plastic disposable table cloths in red white and blue and get ready to do a craft with the kids to celebrate independence.
Finally, summer is here in all of it’s glory, and for this stay at home mom it is the absolute best time of the year! It means time with both my kids, the freedom to play all day, late nights, snuggles and sleeping in. I am relishing the opportunity to have my little lovlies with me all day again. Along with having them home all day comes the responsibility of keeping them busy, entertained, and creatively teaching them throughout the summer months. We use our summer fun list as a guideline for things we wan to do, explore, and learn more about each summer. Here is one of our summer fun activities that lets the kids get crafty and then wear their artwork proudly! A few supplies and a plain white shirt are all you to allow your kids to make their own play shirts for the summer!
Spending hours in the garden with the kids can be a treat when the kids have a space that lets them explore. Making gardening fun for the kids helps gardening stay fun for me at the same time! With the addition of a kid friendly space in the garden we created a fantastic teepee for the kids to play in and for some plants to climb on. I in-vision it covered in bean and pea plants and the kids sitting inside snacking on fresh vegetables come the end of summer. Our teepee was constructed with large branches, twine, and string to give the kid’s play area a fort that still looks natural out in the garden. Then the kids decorated around the teepee however they wanted to make their space their own. Now we wait, and see how well our teepee works as an aid for our plants!
Since I have been on the subject of gardening this week I wanted to share a couple more projects with you in case you are out working in the garden over the next few weeks too! My kids are always in the garden with me and keeping them busy is always important. This year I have decided to give them their very own little space in the garden to play throughout the summer! The best part is we made this play area out of nothing but stumps, branches, twine, and some mulch. It didn’t cost us a thing, and the kids are free to run, play, and hangout in their own space without stomping out the things we have planted. We created a very simple tea table from a few stumps that we had laying around, and it has been more fun for them that any toy you can buy!
Need a great practical gift for Dad this father’s day? Something you know he will love, use, and appreciate? Take a trip to the local grocery store and stroll up and down each isle with nothing but good old Dad in mind! Grab a few of those things that you know he loves as a delightful treat and package them up for a thoughtful, yet useful gift this fathers day. With father’s day right around the corner, I wanted to share a past gift with you that was a huge hit. What man doesn’t love his favorite snacks and treats in the cupboard for a late night movie or after a long days work. Stock him up with his favorite treats and make it into a gift to show Dad just how special he is. This gift is not just for Father’s day – try it for any man on your list during the holidays, to celebrate a birthday, or any occasion!
Yesterday I shared with you an idea for an infinity scarf teachers appreciation gift that included a simple sewing project. Here is another quick and easy idea for those of you who don’t sew, or don’t have time to make a scarf before the end of the school year! Stop and grab a nice bottle of nail polish in a shade that you think your child’s teacher will like. Maybe a bright fun color for summer. Then add a little tag that says: “Thanks for helping me polish up my reading, writing, and much more!” This would make a great little thank you for any female influence in your child’s life, and can be easily personalized by changing up the phrase or by adding your favorite teacher’s name to it!
Teachers are such an important part of our children’s lives and saying thank you to them is so important! As the end of the school year approaches I have been thinking hard about a way to show them how much my kids have enjoyed having them as a teacher, and for me how much I appreciate them loving, teaching, and sharing in my children’s lives. There are so many teachers appreciation gift ideas out there, but here is my take on a simple and inexpensive gift that my kids will be giving to their teachers this year to say Thank You to infinity for all that they do! A simple DIY infinity scarf can cost just a couple dollars and take just minutes to make, but it is sure to show your child’s teacher that they are appreciated for years to come.
Looking for a fun way to make serving bottled water extra special at an event or party? Turn those store bought bottled waters into customized bottles that for fit your event’s decor for just a couple dollars. A roll of decorative packaging tape is all you need to transform those boring water bottles to an extraordinary addition to your event! Not only are these great for events, parties, cookouts, birthdays, and graduations but they are great to keep in the fridge for the kids to grab and go. We use them in lunches, for sporting events and more. It’s quick and easy for the kids to keep track of their water bottle at sporting events because they are specially marked and easily identifiable. This takes only moments and takes bottled water to a new, fun level.
My kids have loooooved playing card games since their first round of go fish! We often enjoy card games on rainy days, game nights, and even on card trips. When they were very young I noticed that they had a hard time viewing all of their cards at once without dropping them as they sorted through their stack, trying to figure out which card to play. A stop at the dollar store was all we needed to to turn card games with toddlers into an easy and even “on the go” activity. Using a large chip clip they can hold all of their cards so that they see them, but their competitors cannot. This is also a great way to play cards on a road tip. A simple solution for little hands and a great way to promote play, learning, and fun as a family.