As moms we count the days for the school year madness to end, and at some point, in the summer we start count the days for them to start again. If you are feeling tired of coming up with another way to entertain your kids. Here are a few of our summer boredom busters.
Water Balloons and Sprinklers
Not that long ago a friend gave us a bag of water balloons she had lying around her house. We filled like 50 of them. Using chalk, we drew all sorts of targets with point values on the drive way and they threw the water balloons to get the highest score. They were entertained for at least an hour with just 50 balloons. I advise to purchase the cool ones where you can fill like 10 at a time. You could play several rounds of this easy game or have them a place water balloon toss game where they start close and keep taking a step back. At the end, they can just have a giant water balloon fight. Then we plugged in the old school sprinkler in the front yard and let them jump in it for a bit.
There are so many movie marathon options for those rainy Florida days. Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3, Descendants 1 and 2, Toy Story 1, 2, and 3, or Despicable Me 1, 2 and 3 plus The Minions movie. Make popcorn in the microwave, order pizza and let them stay in their pajamas and chillax all day. The idea is time together, not time hustling and bustling.
My kids love baking. Really of any kind, if you aren’t a whiz in the kitchen or baking isn’t your favorite thing, pick up a couple of cake boxes, box of eggs, vegetable oil and frosting canisters. You can each grab some sprinkles, M&Ms or other candies too. Give each kid a bowl and whisk and help them follow the directions. They can work together to make a multilayered cake or have your own Cake Wars with special judges. Create categories for the judging, creativity, taste and technique. It may make a mess, but they will love it.
Picture Scavenger Hunt
My kiddos received from my folks a couple of Christmases ago the Fuij Instax Mini Cameras. Each roll of film has 10 pictures, however if you don’t have this flashback to the 80’s Polaroid camera you can have kids use any camera. Whether it’s their phones, your phones, old phones or iPad this activity can work. I usually take the kids to a park and give them a list of things to find and take pictures of. My girls are into rainbows and unicorns at the moment, so I tell them to take pictures of something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and something that would make a great unicorn. They run around, it’s super fun and their pictures are great. You can make up your own list and see what your kids come up with!
Frequent Free Events
In Pinellas County, the library system has several fun free events every week and using your library card you can check out free passes to several local museums. The monthly program letter found here has four pages of children’s activities.
The Learning Express store in South Tampa has free crafts every Saturday, but in the summer they have a list of other weekday activities seen here.
Barnes and Noble has great reading activities, authors and events for children as well, those can be found here.
These are just a few things that make the days go by a little faster but don’t usually break the bake. Make fun memories with your kids and enjoy the time before the shuffling begins again!