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Drawing on the Trampoline with Sidewalk Chalk

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Drawing on the Trampoline with Sidewalk Chalk, Thrifty Summer Fun

Kids get so bored during the summer!  It is sometimes hard to come up with things that entertain them without spending a lot of money.  Well, this idea is so simple, yet is sure to entertain for a little while!  Make it even more fun by letting them have a squirt bottle, or squirt gun to spray their art off when they are done!

All you need is some sidewalk chalk, and a trampoline.  We don’t usually think about drawing on things other than sidewalks with our sidewalk chalk, but we have done this many times and it washes of without any damage to your trampoline.  We have used squirt bottles to “erase” our drawings when we are done, or turn on the sprinklers and let them get wet while their art work disappears.  Either way,your kids will have fun and you won’t hear “I am bored” , for a few minutes anyway!

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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 
PATRIOTIC DIY VASE ~ QUICK AND EASY PAINT CRAFT FOR KIDS
Firework Tie Dye Shirt 
Summer Boredom Buster Idea
 DON’T EAT STEVE! FREE PRINTABLE MINECRAFT PARTY GAME 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG 

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Cute Bat Banner, Thrifty Halloween Decorations

I am not a huge fan of the “traditional” Halloween.  The creepy, scary part was never fun to me.  However, give me a cute or goofy looking monster or bat, and I am a sucker!  Sometimes it is hard to find things at the store that focus on the cute side of the holiday.  That is why I tend to make my own!

You will need

  • black card stock bats
  • ( I used my silhouette to cut mine.  They are about 5 inches long by 2 inches tall.  If you don’t have a machine or software to create yours, download a coloring sheet file of them and create your own.  Just print them out as an outline, or print one outline out, trace it onto your black card stock and cut them out that way.)
  • googly eyes
  • bakers twine, yarn or twine
  • tape
  • glue

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Begin by cutting out your bats.  I did 6 of them and they all fit on one sheet of black card stock.  Next, glue your googly eyes to the bat.  I was able to use a glue stick just fine.  You can find self sticking googly eyes if you would rather.

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Once you have them glued on, you can begin to tape the bakers twine to the back of your bat shapes. I left a little space between each bat.  I didn’t measure, but it was close to 2 inches.  Leave a little room at the end of each side so that you have a way to attach your banner.  If hanging using thumb tacks, tie a small knot in each end.

That is it!  Now you are ready to hang your string of bats anywhere you would like.  Make them smaller, and hang inside a wreath.  Make them larger and string them across your garage door.  I am hanging mine across my china hutch and they fit perfectly.

These are a great, quick, thrifty Halloween decoration and would also be great for a party.  Get the kids involved and let them help create some cute bats too!  What a great family craft on a cool, rainy fall day!

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More Halloween ideas:

vanpire donuts, such a FUN but SIMPLE treat idea that is sure to make your kids smile #Halloween #TreatIdeasVampire Donuts

Quick and easy Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Pretzel Pumpkins

FREE Printable Halloween Owl Cupcake Toppers

FREE Halloween Printable Cupcake Toppers

Hootie Owl Cupcakes

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books 

Candy Corn Marshmallows  

Finger Print Spider Card

Fall Crafts and Decor Ideas, Soup Can Upcycle, Low cost Fall decorations #Fall, #Crafts, Things to make out of a soup can

Soup Can Upcycle ~ Frugal Fall Utensil Holder

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Creative Drawing Idea ~ Summer Boredom Buster Idea

I love having my kids home for the summer.  I really do.  We are getting to a point now though where they are bored and it is taking more to entertain them.  They are wanting more and more to sit in front of the television and I am wanting more and more to pull my hair out before the day is over!

It is time to get creative!  Out comes the old magazines, pens, crayons or whatever you can find to draw with and some paper for an easy craft/art project that will get them using their imaginations and be creative!

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Grab an old magazine or newspaper and cut out photos that would be easy to draw around and glue them to a plain sheet of paper.  That is all the prep you need!  The rest is up to the kids to use their imagination and draw to their hearts content!  I say it was a successful project! Even my son who turns his nose up at anything that resembles homework had a ball!

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

Play Time With Dad ~ Dad Race Car Track
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 
PATRIOTIC DIY VASE ~ QUICK AND EASY PAINT CRAFT FOR KIDS
Firework Tie Dye Shirt 
Summer Boredom Buster Idea
 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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