We are having a heat wave here in Wisconsin. Definitely the most hot and humid summer like days so far! It is hot hot hot, and being outside requires activities that include lots of playing in the water. We are almost done with our 2013 summer fun list and here is one of the activities that we did recently to beat the heat. My son called it an Ice Excavation and it was a project that they enjoyed from start to finish. The object of the activity is to learn more about solids, liquids, water and ice. Learn ways to remove things from ice, and experiment with ways to turn it into a liquid again. The perfect activity for a hot day for your school age, or preschool kids.
Need a super fun activity to occupy those kiddos on a “boring” summer day. Moon or Cloud dough is your answer! This is so quick and easy, and will thrill your kids to pieces. This stuff is made with two simple household ingredients – all you need to do is mix and start playing! It has a fabulously fun texture that makes it a sensory experience for your kids. It crumbles, sifts, and separates, but can also be packed, patted and made into shapes and structures too. It’s gonna get messy, so be prepared. But the messiest days at our house are often the most fun! I recommend doing this outdoors where the kids can go crazy constructing, playing, and creating without worrying about the mess.
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.
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!
I certainly wouldn’t say that I have a green thumb, but over the last few years I have learned a lot about gardening through trial and error. Flowers have always been scary to me, so I like to stick with things that I know I can manage. Good old zinnias and sunflowers, and gladiolas are fool proof and about the only thing I have had success with until… drum roll please… last summer. I was determined to cover my garden fence in climbing flowers, and glory glory…Morning glories were my answer. I was able to grow the most beautiful morning glories, and they cover the entire side of my garden in their simple splendor. Beautiful winding stems, and amazingly vibrant colors all in-twined in my simple garden fence were not so difficult and SO worth the effort!
Being home with the kids every day has really challenged my creativity when it comes to keeping them occupied in a constructive way. We are always trying to find ways to spend out time at home together that is interesting to my preschool ages kids and that doesn’t cost any money. Here are 12 simple ideas.
Summer vacation begins for many kids in the next couple of weeks. Keep them busy all summer long with a list of fun summer projects and activities. Make a list that includes fun things for everyone in the family and you can cross them off as you do them this summer!