The kids are out of school for summer and bored already. But you don’t want to break the bank this summer, so here are a few DIY craft and activity ideas that you can try at home that will leave your kids entertained and your wallet happy.
• Homemade Play-Doh
Never spend money on Play-Doh again. You can even use Kool-Aid to dye it a certain color and add sparkles if you want to get creative.
• Water Pinatas
Here is a cheap and fun way to let the kids cool off this summer. Just fill some water balloons, hang them from a line, and let your kids whack away.
• Hoola Hoop Hideouts
Make a nifty summer fort with a Hoola Hoop and sheets. Your kids will be preoccupied for hours. You can set up their forts outside for some fresh air.
• ABC Handprints
Help your little one practice their ABCs with handprint shapes for each letter of the alphabet.
• Fishing for Letters
You don’t have to leave the house to let the kids go fishing. Throw a variety of items in the bathtub and let your kids fish away.
• Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
Create a giant Tic Tac Toe board for your kids on the lawn or sidewalk and let them line up their X’s and O’s with Frisbees.
• Giant Bananagrams Game
Work on their spelling with this cool life-sized game. Cardboard, sharpies, and brains are all you need.
• Outdoor Giant Twister
Grab some spray paint and create your own Twister board on the lawn.
• DIY Car Play Mat
Use an old shower curtain to draw a mini city with permanent markers. Your kids can draw to their little hearts’ content and then drive their cars on it.
• Cool Whip Paint
This craft is great for babies and is yummy too. Just add food coloring to ordinary Cool Whip and you have safe paint for babies and toddlers.
• Push Pin Craft
Instead of letting kids draw with boring crayons, show them that they can create pictures with push pins on cork board.
• Outdoor Letter Hunt
Create an educational scavenger hunt by hiding letters outside or spray painting them in certain places on the grass. Have your kids practice writing their letters in this fun outdoor game.
• Edible Stained Glass
Crush up some hard candy with your little ones and create fun shapes in metal cookie cutters. Bake them (at 325 degrees for five to six minutes) to create beautiful and edible works of art.
• Painting with Water
This activity is great for the summer and great for your wallet. Use squirt bottles, paint brushes, or condiment bottles to paint with water on the sidewalk during hot and humid days this summer.
• Colored Sand
Use liquid watercolors in a spray bottle to create colorful sandcastles.
• Clean Clouds
Did you know that an ordinary bar of Ivory soap turns into a fluffy and moldable cloud when microwaved for one minute. Give it a try.
All of these activities are great ways to have a fun time this summer. Your kids will think you are the coolest parent ever and you’ll pat yourself on the back for not breaking the bank this summer.
— By Ashley Pfeffer
Ashley is a Navy wife and a mom who enjoys crafting, blogging, taking pictures, and spending time with family and friends. Visit her blog at http://twoundertwoblog.wordpress.com/.