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8 Summer Activities to Wow Your Kids

Don’t get lost in the Pinterest wormhole, take that 15-20 minutes back and grab your keys, your kids, and pick one of these activities for tonight, the weekend, this summer! Or, make a list and have your partner pick up what you need.I am the queen of heading over to Pinterest to look for a specific activity and then before I know it I’m planning Easter desserts and pinning “How to make your home a winter wonderland.” In July. So eventually I just give up and accept the fact that I am a Pinterest failure.

But that doesn’t mean you have to be!

Summer is here and for those of us with kids at home, we’re fighting the never-ending cries of “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to dooooo.” There are some really great ideas on Pinterest (if you can navigate your way through everything else!) that will keep your kids occupied for at least 15 minutes and even earn you some extra “great parent” points.

So we’ve scoured Pinterest and pulled together eight great summer activities. These might take a little more time and a little more effort than usual, but they’re guaranteed to wow your kids this summer!

Don’t get lost in the Pinterest wormhole, take that 15-20 minutes back and grab your keys, your kids, and pick one of these activities for tonight, the weekend, this summer! Or, make a list and have your partner pick up what you need.

  1. Kiddie Car Wash

This is by far the most ambitious activity on our list – but imagine the fun your kids will have washing their cars and bikes and scooters! And… imagine all those minutes you will have catching some Vitamin D, in a lawn chair, while they play alone. A girl can dream.

What you’ll need:

  • (11) 5 foot long pieces of 3/4 inch diameter PVC Pipe
  • (6) 3/4 inch PVC Tee Sockets
  • (6) 3/4 inch PVC Elbow Joints
  • (3) 3/4 inch PVC Caps
  • PVC Cutters – trust me, life saving device
  • Drill + 1/4 inch drill bit
  • Fishing Wire
  • (1) 58×108 inch plastic tablecloth (I used 2 tablecloths for 2 different colors, but only 1 needed)
  • 15 rectangle sponges – cut and arrange into sponge balls (Tutorial HERE)
  • 2 Large Foam Pool Noodles
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape

For a detailed tutorial, head over to Raising Whasians for a step-by-step guide (and pictures!) to help you build your own kiddie carwash.

KiddieCarWash

(Source: Raising Whasians)

  1. Rainbow Popsicles

My kids love to help me cook – and they love anything sweet! These rainbow pudding pops are the perfect summer activity for the whole family.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 – large boxes (5.1 oz.) instant pudding mix (light colored)
  • milk
  • Food coloring
  • Dixie Cups (5 oz.)
  • Popsicle sticks

For detailed directions, head over to Sandy Toes and Popsicles to see how to make the pudding pops!

RainbowPopsicles

(Source: Sandy Toes and Popsicles)

  1. Water Blobs

These are super fun for just laying on and slipping and sliding! Each child can help make a water blob or (let’s be honest) you can make them and let your kiddos help you fill them with water and cool creatures.

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic sheeting at least 4 mil thick
  • Duct tape
  • Blue food coloring (optional – if you want your water to look blue)
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic fish (optional)

For detailed instructions, head over to Hello, Wonderful for a step-by-step guide (and pictures!) to help you build your own water blobs. Water blob. It’s just fun to say. Try it!

WaterBlobs

(Source: Hello, Wonderful)

  1. Egg Painting

This has the potential to be a complete disaster – but tons of fun! Bonus, your kids will definitely remember this activity.

What you’ll need:

  • Emptied eggshells
  • Paint (washable)
  • Tissue paper
  • A glue stick
  • A canvas (you could also use poster board or paper)

For instructions and pictures, head over to Growing a Jeweled Rose. That way you can learn how to crack your egg right for this activity! Oh, and you can have an eggcellent time creating glow in the dark masterpieces.

EggPainting

(Source: Growing a Jeweled Rose)

  1. Kool-Aid Candy Dots

These are an easy and tasty treat that your kids may even be able to do all alone! This treat doesn’t include cooking or baking and it only takes three ingredients to make. Sign me up!

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Wax paper
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 tsp. of Kool-Aid flavoring

For instructions on how to create the strips and get yours as pretty as this picture, head over to Smart School House.

KoolaidCandyDots

(Source: Smart School House)

  1. Water Baseball

Have the ultimate fun sliding and batting while staying cool!

What you’ll need:

  • Water balloons
  • Water slide
  • Plastic bats

For additional instructions, check out iCandy Handmade to see how an entire birthday party was created around water baseball.

WaterBaseball WaterBaseball2

(Source: iCandy Handmade)

  1. Shaving Cream Twister

This one puts a new “twist” on an old favorite!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cans of shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Twister

For before and after photos, check out This Grandma is Fun.

ShavingCreamTwister

(Source: This Grandma is Fun)

  1. Create a Mini Golf Course

Challenge your kids to the ultimate game of mini golf in your own backyard! This activity is all about imagination.

What you’ll need to look for to create a mini golf course:

Recycled Materials:

  • Cardboard boxes, large and small
  • Milk jugs
  • 2-liter bottles
  • Cans
  • Recycled Kix Cereal boxes

From the Garage or Garden Shed:

  • Pieces of wood
  • PVC pipe
  • Garden hose or extension cord
  • Golf clubs and balls (or buy at the dollar store or thrift store)
  • Pool noodles
  • Pool floaties
  • Sand

From the Craft Closet or Store:

  • Card stock
  • Markers
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Tape
  • Glue

Other Items:

  • Cookie sheet (for sand trap)
  • Bowl (for water hazard)
  • Building blocks

If you want to get some ideas on the type of course you want to build, check out Kix Cereal’s post. 

Minigolfcourse

(Source: Kix Cereal)

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