Are you looking for inspiration to create some fun time for your kids on those long summer days?
Look no further.
Now that school's out and you're seeing the kiddos around more and more, we want to help you to avoid from hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” from your kids.
The best way to move them away from the TV, tablet, or their phone, is to tempt them into making and creating things.
Below you’ll find 12 affordable DIY projects — both for inside and out, rain or shine — for you and your kids to enjoy.
Most crafts and DIY projects are ideal for beginners, so don't worry about skill level or very-hard-to-find materials. Nevertheless, you should always stay close to your children to make sure that everything is fine. ;)
So, let your imagination go full throttle and kick off these awesome projects.
1. Giant Soap Bubbles
After this, your kid will never want to know about regular soap bubbles again.
Image by Spaceships and Laser Beams
Spaceships and Laser Beams shares the ultimate recipe for you to make giant bubbles.
RUN! They're coming!
2. Rockets. Chalk Rockets
Yeap, you read it right: rockets made with chalk. How cool is that?
Image by Growing a Jeweled Rose
So, take your kid with you as an excuse, and paint the whole pavement with this awesome project. Growing a Jeweled Rose shares all the how-to here.
3. Sponge Water Bombs
Forget about water balloon fights.
Image by Endlessly Inspired
You can easily create dozens of sponge water bombs in a matter of minutes and with very low investment.
According to Jenn from Endlessly Inspired, the sponge is better than water balloon:
- A water balloon may hurt when you get hit with them;
- It takes a long time to fill the balloons with water, and when they pop they are done. For the sponges, all you need is a bucket full of water to throw them in, and that is it!
- The sponges don't spread tiny pieces of rubber all over your lawn. Regular water balloons are bad for your lawn mower, pets, birds and small children.
Enough convincing, let's cut some sponges. Check the full tutorial here.
4. Bubble Snakes
Another cool version of the traditional soap bubble.
Image by Housing a Forest
Materials and how-to are pretty simple, check them out here.
5. Color Powder Fight
By now you’ve probably seen all those cool shots of color fights on the internet.
Image by Dukes and Duchesses
How about throwing a color fight party with your own color powder?
Dukes and Duchesses explain in details on how you can make your own color powder. As this project is a bit different from the others, it takes a little bit more time to make, so plan yourself accordingly.
6. Bird Feeders
If your kids like birds, this is the project you should go for.
Image by Mom Endeavors
Using simple and easy to find materials, your children can do it pretty much by themselves. Mom Endeavors helps you with the step-by-step here.
After this project is done you will have another pop of color in your garden and everybody will be able to enjoy watching the birds.
“If you build it, they will come!”
7. Pour Painted Pots
How cool and easy is this?!
Image by Dilly-Dali Art
Even though their name is self-explanatory, Dilly-Dali Art shares the instructions here.
8. Bubble Painting
A cool, easy and different painting technique for you to try.
Image by Happy Go Lucky
This may be the one that you can save for a rainy afternoon….
Happy Go Lucky blog gives all the instructions here.
9. Puffy Paint
Yeap, it looks so yummy!
Image by Crafty Morning
Crafty Morning made a watermelon for a puffy paint, but you can also just mix different colors and come up with something different. Your kid's creativity is the limit!
Using some shaving cream, school glue and food coloring you are good to go. Check all the instructions here.
Silly Putty x Playdough
10. Homemade Silly Putty
How about a gooey, viscous, squishy homemade silly putty?
Image by Paging Fun Moms!
Paging Fun Moms! teaches you how to do it. If your kid is more into Guardians of the Galaxy than Frozen, no problem, just change for the right colors and you are good to go.
It's so "easy peasy" that even your kids can do it! Check it out.
11. Edible Playdough
It’s incredible, it’s edible, and it just so happens to be playdough!
Image by Smart School House
No worries if your kids put a little bit in their mouths…
Check the complete tutorial here.
12. Natural Glowing Playdough
Playdough fun elevated!
Image by Fun at Home with Kids
Can you imagine the possibilities of this playdough in a slumber party?
This one requires a little bit of cooking, so it’s better if you’re there to help make it. Fun at Home with Kids explains everything in detail here.
How about you? What is your secret weapon against your kid's summer boredom? Share your tips and favorite projects in the comments!
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