Category Archives: Kids Activities

Comic Book

Writing Comic Books

Comic BookThis might be an easy way to get some writing done over the summer– what kid doesn’t like comics?┬áHere are printable templates with all the boxes so the creativity can just flow and get down on the paper.

mikewatanabe.com – Make Your Own Comic Books.

If your child is resistant to writing, turning it into a more enjoyable task like comic books may just do the trick. Make some blank books and just leave them where they’ll be found and who knows what might happen!

Star Garland

10 Simple No-Mess Crafts for Tots

Star GarlandI didn’t think you could use ‘no mess’ and ‘little kids’ in the same sentence! Here’s 10 ways you can slow them down and help them develop those small motor skills and their creativity without having to hose the place down afterwards.

What to do with Kids | 10 Simple No-Mess Crafts for Tots | Inner Child Fun

Do remember how easy it is to get them into messier crafts in the summer when it can all be done outside under the shade of a nice big tree or patio umbrella! You can LITERALLY then hose it all down- the kids too.

Cardboard Swords

Cardboard Pirate or Musketeer Swords

Cardboard SwordsMake them for your Backyard Musketeers or for your Party Pirates– either way these will be a big hit! And being made out of nothing more than a wrapping paper tube and aluminum foil, it’s unlikely anybody will get hurt.

ikat bag: We Have Weapons!.

While I’m not generally in favor of toy weapons, swords seem a little different as they aren’t in use today and the pretend play of musketeers or pirates is so good for the kids to engage in.

String Tent

Awesome Backyard Tent for the Kids

String TentGive them this hideout in the backyard and you may actually go a night or two without any TV!

30 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome This Summer | Your Amazing Places.

You’ll find this about 2/3 of the way down the page– but you’ll have to get past all the other FABULOUS ideas for your backyard.

Old comforters or sheets, lots of pillows, books, games, drawing material, star charts, snacks, battery powered lanterns, a sibling or friend or two, and they’ll be out there for HOURS!

This is what childhood is supposed to be!

Sportsparents Guide

Free ebook -Sportsparents Guide

Sportsparents GuideI could have used this help back when every waking moment (it seemed) was on the sidelines of a soccer field!

Free ebook – Kids in Sports | Character Building | JBM Thinks.

It can get incredibly time consuming and expensive when they’re all doing their sports, so these free tips might just make your life a bit easier.

Fairy Tale Fridge Magnets

Fairytale Fridge Magnets

Fairy Tale Fridge MagnetsJust like the letters on the frig that encourage them to play and learn, these fairy tale ‘story starter’ magnets do the same for creating stories and narrative.

Fairytale fridge magnets – NurtureStore.

Well before they learn to write, kids begin to learn the sequencing of stories and about beginning, middle and end. An open ended prompt like these homemade magnets encourage the development of this important skill.

Your child a bit under foot in the kitchen? Have him or her go the frig and use the magnets to make up a story to tell you. Everybody wins.

Outdoor Movie

Outdoor Theater Party

Outdoor MovieRe-create the old ‘drive-in’ movie experience in your backyard this summer- for the family, for a small gathering of friends or for a kids party (even a sleepover).

How To: Create an Outdoor Theater (on the Cheap) | Apartment Therapy.

Outdoor Movie

Follow the links for the tutorials, but in essence the actual equipment you need are the dvd player, a video projector, a sound system and a screen- and it’s not as difficult or as expensive as you might think. Also, any investment you make will get used over and over because it’s FUN to do this on a beautiful summer’s eve.

See how enticing you can make this for a teen or adult get-together? Should be a lovely evening for everyone- just be sure to pick a great movie- maybe even an oldie but goodie.

 

Sun

23 Free Things to Do With the Kids this Summer

SunKeep this list of ideas for summer fun, and you’ll have it when needed.

Free Things to Do With the Kids – iVillage.

Nothing earth shattering here, but all good fun for the kids. Old favorites you may have forgotten about and some new ideas you may not have thought of. Mostly for outdoors, but also some indoors for those rainy or too hot days.

Pipe Cleaner Flowers

Pipe Cleaner Flowers

Pipe Cleaner FlowersEasy enough for preschoolers to get real satisfaction out of making something so fun and cool!

How to Make Flowers {Cute Pipe Cleaner Craft} – Kids Activities Blog.

Do ‘honor’ their creation with a whole bouquet in a vase on the dinner table– and look for that really big smile when they see it.

Also suitable to use as party craft activity, wrap up their bouquets with a curly ribbon to take home as their party favor.

Sidewalk Soduku

Sidewalk Sudoku!

Sidewalk SodukuWhat a great way to take summer brain training outside into the sunshine– get that vitamin D along with thinking!

The Usual Mayhem: Sidewalk Sudoku!.

You can use cut out shapes or draw chalk shapes. Graduate from shapes to numbers, from a 3×3 grid to a 4×4 grid. Lots of possibilities here.

And if you need a refresher on how to play- here’s the rules for this shape based sudoku: http://math.about.com/od/recreationalmath/ss/KidsSudoku.htm