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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

Jump Rope

Chinese Jump Rope Tutorial

Give the kids a new spin on the old classic of jump rope with Chinese Jump Rope- they can watch on you tube and they go try it! The elastic band jump rope is easily purchased on Amazon or at your local toy store

Classical Chinese Jump Rope Tutorial – YouTube

There are links to quite a few tutorials on this YouTube page.

Not quite as difficult as Double Dutch, but more intricate and challenging than plain jump rope. It’s a good, energetic outdoor activity. you know jump rope is considered a good aerobic exercise, even for adults!

Face Painting Kit

Face Painting Kit

Face Painting KitI’ve not met many kids that don’t get a kick out of getting their face painted and then turning into that new self. And that’s what makes this take-along kit the perfect thing for summer picnics, afternoons in the park, longer camping trips, anytime when your kids are going to need something ‘else’ to do or a little ‘down time’.

Thirty Handmade Days – 30 days {Thirty Handmade Days}.

Along with the pictures included in the post for inspiration, you can find tons more ideas on the web. Print out the ones you like and tuck them in the kit and you’ll always be ready. Even just keep one stocked in the house for playdates.

Forgot to mention– you put this together yourself, it’s not something you buy.

Critter Snacking Ladder

Make a Critter Snacking Ladder

Critter Snacking LadderEasy for the kids to make with birdseed, TP tubes, peanut butter from the cupboard and some ribbon or string.

Kid Craft: Make a Critter Snacking Ladder | eHow Mom | eHow.

Put a clipboard at the nearest viewing window and have everyone log in who they see enjoying a snack, and the times that the animals come to get it!

Summer Learning Ideas

Summer Learning for Kids

Summer Learning IdeasHere’s a whole host of ways to keep the learning going over the summer, primarily for preschool and young ones:

Summer Learning for Kids–Avoid the Summer Slide! – onecreativemommy.com

These suggestions cover math, science, and literacy and they’re all fun too.

Be sure to follow the link at the bottom of the post for the 40 more ways to stop the summer slide.



Noodle Ring Games

Noodle Ring Games

Noodle Ring GamesPeople keep coming up with more ingenious uses for pool noodles! This gives you a choice of backyard games for any sunny day with the neighborhood kids, for playdates, and for outdoor kids parties this summer.

Dump A Day Summer fun Ideas-Turn noodle rings into an awesome Target Station2 – Dump A Day

Once constructed with the help of that other ever present favorite– Duck Tape- you have a variety of games it can be used for. Part of an obstacle course as pictured, or hang it and give each ring a point count for bean bag toss, paper airplanes, frisbee target. You can probably think of other games too.


Foot Volleyball

Foot Volleyball

Foot VolleyballWhile certainly a good indoor game when you can’t get outside, there’s no reason this wouldn’t be just as much fun out on the grass on a beautiful day.

Indoor Foot Volleyball Game | Spoonful

And outdoors, where there’s considerably more space, that space allows this game to grow to a team party competition! You can even set up more than one ‘court’ and have team heats and finals.

They’ll burn off a bunch of energy with this one.