Ideas for Entertaining kids

Paper bag puppets, easy craft ideas to keep you kids busy this summer, DIY crafts for kidsI love all time I get to spend with my kids over summer break. BUT when it is over 100% degrees outside and they need to play inside they start running out of things to do.  That is when it is good to go back to the basics and let them be creative and use their imagination. My kids made paper bag puppets this weekend and had so much fun creating them. All you need is paper lunch bags and some markers. I let the kids each make several puppets.  They they put on a puppet show and laughed and told silly stories with their new creations.  I then had them pick one bag to pack a lunch in and we took it to the park to have a picnic. What a fun day :).

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Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
GROUNDHOG DAY PUDDING CUP SNACKS
FROZEN DRINKS
 Frozen Popcorn
Frozen Snowball Pops  
FROZEN Rice Krispy Treats
 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
HOW TO MAKE MEMORY PLATE
EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 

Firework Tie Dye shirts for the 4th of July

Summer boredom buster – Kids Drawing Game 

Play Time With Dad ~ Dad Race Car Track

 DON’T EAT STEVE! FREE PRINTABLE MINECRAFT PARTY GAME 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG 
DRAWING ON THE TRAMPOLINE WITH SIDEWALK CHALK
PAINTED FIREWORKS ~ QUICK AND EASY 4TH OF JULY CRAFT IDEAS
DIY Bleach Art Pillowcase
Matchbox Car Water Races
Water Pinaqua ~ Beat the heat water games
BAT CAVE SHIRT ~ PLAY TIME WITH DAD SHIRT #BATMAN 
FROZEN SNOWFLAKE HEADBANDS, QUICK AND EASY DIY CRAFT #FROZEN

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Summer Boredom Buster Idea

We are only a couple of weeks into summer break and if I hear “I am bored!” one more time I am going to go crazy!  I have one child that is the biggest user of the word, but all of my kids have claimed to be bored more than once.  For the sake of my sanity, and my children not being sent away to boarding school I came up with this idea.  I had seen it a few years back via pinterest, but couldn’t find it again to save my life!  Oh well, I just made my own version.

The idea is that the child must have done everything on the list before he/she can claim to be bored.  I made it easy to read and will hang it on my fridge so no one can claim to forget.  This week will be the test to see if it actually helps.  I know that not all of the items on my list are pertinent to everyone, but it is a good starting point to help you brainstorm some ideas of your own.  Good luck!  If you try it, let us know how it works out for your family!

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
GROUNDHOG DAY PUDDING CUP SNACKS
FROZEN DRINKS
 Frozen Popcorn
Frozen Snowball Pops  
FROZEN Rice Krispy Treats
 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
HOW TO MAKE MEMORY PLATE
EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 

Firework Tie Dye shirts for the 4th of July

Summer boredom buster – Kids Drawing Game 

Play Time With Dad ~ Dad Race Car Track

 DON’T EAT STEVE! FREE PRINTABLE MINECRAFT PARTY GAME 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG 
DRAWING ON THE TRAMPOLINE WITH SIDEWALK CHALK
PAINTED FIREWORKS ~ QUICK AND EASY 4TH OF JULY CRAFT IDEAS
DIY Bleach Art Pillowcase
Matchbox Car Water Races
Water Pinaqua ~ Beat the heat water games
BAT CAVE SHIRT ~ PLAY TIME WITH DAD SHIRT #BATMAN 
FROZEN SNOWFLAKE HEADBANDS, QUICK AND EASY DIY CRAFT #FROZEN

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Tie dye Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsMy girls wanted to make shirts for the 4th of July, so we deiced to make Tie Dye shirts with sharpies.  Inspired from the Tie Dye shirts we made at the beach.  We did it different this time, we did not use the cups or the dropper but the basic idea is the same.  You could make flags, scarves, t-shirts, towels…. all sorts of fun ideas.  This would also be a fun project to do on the 4th in the heat of the afternoon when you are waiting for the fireworks.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #Kids

To make these all you need is:

Sharpie Makers

Rubbing Alcohol

Spray bottle

White T-shirt

Price of cardboard
Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsI let the girls practice on strips of an old white sheet first.  So they could see which colors they liked best and how the designs would bend once you put the alcohol on them.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsPut a piece of cardboard in the tshirt to stretch it out to make coloring on it easier.  This will also prevent the colors from spreading to the back of the shirt. If you don’t have cardboard you could also use a cookie sheet.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsRemember that dark colors can make the pictures look “muddy or messy” if they blend together to much.  So try and use only one dark color per picture you draw.  Highlight them with as many light and bright colors as you want.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsOnce you have your pictures drawn, pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle.  Spay the tshirt with alcohol.  The  more you put on the more the ink will spread. It will start to spread right away, but you will not see the final “blend Tie Dye look” till your shirt has dried.

If you want to set the ink, you can soak it in a Soda Ash before you draw on the shirt.    You can also heat set the ink with a iron.  Please note that once you wash the shirt it will start to fade if you do not first treat it with soda ash.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #Kids

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
GROUNDHOG DAY PUDDING CUP SNACKS
FROZEN DRINKS
 Frozen Popcorn
Frozen Snowball Pops  
FROZEN Rice Krispy Treats
 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
HOW TO MAKE MEMORY PLATE
EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 

Tie dye Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #Kids

More 4th of July Recipes and DIY ideas you might want to check out…

4th of July Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza, Red White and Blue Dessert for July 4th #Fruit, #Recipe, #July4th

Fresh Berry Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert

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4th of july crafts for kids

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My kids are counting down the days till July 4th is here and they can go to the parade, enjoy the BBQ and see the fireworks at night.  To add a little sparkle to our house the girls and I made some FireWorks crafts.  This was a low cost craft that was quick and easy as well.

4th of july crafts for kids

You can use what ever supplies you have around your house.  We used

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Red and blue paper
  • 4th of July themed napkins, you could also use scrapbook paper
  •  Pipe cleaners
  • Tape, scissors

4th of july crafts for kids

We wrapped the toilet paper rolls in the napkins, and then taped them into place.  Next we took half a sheet of paper and made cuts all the way down the side to create a fringe look.  I layered the red on top the blue  then rolled it up and placed it inside the tube.  This makes it look like the firework is going off.  I then taped that into place on the inside of the tube so it would not fall out.

4th of july crafts for kids

Next add the pipe cleaners.  First we put them in straight but they did not look very good, so then we twisted them around our fingers to give them a spiral look.  We hooked some stars on top with glue and then stuck then into the middle of the firework. Just like that you are DONE, my girls had a lot of fun making these.

4th of july crafts for kids

Best part is I can toss them after the 4th and not feel bad…. after all we can just make them again next year.

4th of july crafts for kids

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids this summer.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids

 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids

Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids

Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids

Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids

Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do

Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids

Color Collage with ads from the paper

DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids

Recipe for Homemade Slime

 Under the Sea Art Project for kids

Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion

Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton 

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 My kids are on summer break from school.  My goal is to allow them to  have fun this summer but also learn, to be creative and grow in ways the “classroom” does not allow.  The last thing I want them to say is “I spent the summer watching tv”.  All though they would love to if I let them :).  We went to the dollar store and bought some magnifying glasses , they came in a 2 count  pack so only $.50 each.

They LOVE them, they look at everything from each others tongues, hair on their arms to the fibers on the carpet.  But they REALLY love to explore outside.  They walk around  being backyard detectives and looking at the world a little closer!

They notice that the dirt is not just a brown patch we walk on, instead there are tiny rocks, sticks and even bugs.  They love to watch the ant trails and watch to see where they go, what they carry and how many there are.

They notice the different way plants look some are fuzzy while others smooth. They also noticed the rain left on the leaves of the plants in our garden after a early morning thunderstorm.  I love to watch them explore the world around them.  It is a simple, frugal but fun activity that my kids will enjoy over and over.

Melissa & Doug Mombo Snake Magnifying Glass

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids this summer.

 Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids

 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids

Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids

Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids

Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do

Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids

Color Collage with ads from the paper

DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids

Recipe for Homemade Slime

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hashtags game

#Hashtags party game

This game looks so fun! Can’t wait to play it with a group. It reminds me of the Jimmy Fallon bit he does with Justin Timberlake.

The objective is to create a tweet/response for the selected #hashtag

For example, if the chosen #hashtag is ‘#useless’ players write something that is useless, such as ‘Grandmas bra’ or ‘My husband’s handyman skills’

Your response can be anything, as long as it relates to the #hashtag; Tell the truth or make something up; Be creative, witty and funny

Players get points for guessing the author of each response & for having the funniest response

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