Kids wait with baited breath for the moment of freedom. Finally that time has arrived! Summer is here in full force. With the sunshine and fun comes the inevitable cry “I’m bored.” Silence these complaints with a fun line-up of outdoor ideas to exercise your children’s creativity this summer. HopSkipJumpPaper has a Pinterest board loaded with ideas to keep your kids busy and happy.
Get everything you need to keep your kids busy all summer long at your local dollar store. Here are creative ways to use simple items for unlimited childhood fun.
One of the best parts of summer as a kid is staying outside until dark and even after dark playing with their friends. Glow sticks are the perfect medium for nighttime outdoor fun. Attach glow sticks to the outside edge of Frisbees and take catch to a whole new level. Put glow sticks in the pool and make a midnight swim something magical. Glow sticks are perfect for nighttime capture the flag, creating nighttime obstacle courses.
Pool noodles are for more than just lazing about in the summer sun. They make great obstacle courses. Whether your kids are crawling through pool noodle arches, tossing a football through pool noodle hoops, or creating pool noodle monster sculptures in the backyard; pool noodles are simple and fun way to keep your kids busy outside.
Sidewalk chalk is a great creative outlet for kids of all ages. Little ones will be delighted just to draw their hearts out all afternoon while older kids are sure to love old fashioned games like hopscotch and Pictionary as well as come up with their own fun ideas. Side walk chalk is not just for sidewalks either use it on trees, rocks, and wood as well.
Water balloons are fun no matter how they are used. Not only do they offer tons of game and play opportunities they can help cool the kids off on a hot summer’s day. Water balloons make fun piñata alternatives when hung from trees, can be used for toss games, or a total all out water balloon battle. And don’t forget, you can fill a water balloon with more than water, whipped cream, shaving cream, or Kool-Aid can make a splash when they go splat!
When the summer heat has your kids crabby and only wanting to watch TV hand them some squirt guns and set them loose in the backyard. Squirt guns are great for free play as well as art and races. Fill squirt guns with colored water and let them pain your sidewalk with them. Have your kids race to fill a cup using only water from the squirt gun. Squirt guns are cheap and versatile fun for hot summer days.
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