I’ve started to cut back on all the ’round-ups’ I used to do because Pinterest is overflowing with posts promising, “5,000 Kid Activities!” or “6 Trillion Boredom Busters!”
But I like to think that my specialty is finding the ideas that are REALLY easy – the ones that make you say,
“I can do that!”
I tell people that each of my kids took a little bit of my brain with them when they came out (which, if you know me, doesn’t say much about how much brain I started with ;-)).
The point is, when it’s 1,000 degrees out and your kids have watched enough TV to rot all that good brain
they stole from you you lovingly gave them, moms need ideas that don’t require a whole lot of thinking.
They also need ideas that require stuff we can find under our kitchen sinks or in our pantries or sock drawers.
With that said, here is an EPIC list featuring 55 of Happy Home Fairy’s favorite fun and easy ideas to do with your Happy Buddies this summer.
I hope you’ll share it with all the other low-brain-functioning Superhero Moms out there. 🙂
#1 – Build some Marshmallow Structures (via Craft Interrupted).
#2 – Have a Midnight Kickball Game (via Happy Home Fairy).
#3 – Bake a batch of Sunshine Cupcakes (via Happy Home Fairy).
#4 – Paint Seashells (via Pink Sky Photography).
#5 – Make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls (via Sweet C’s Designs) .
#6 – Decorate the outside of Dad’s car while he is at work with streamers and balloons and homemade signs.
#7 – Fill an empty ketchup bottle with water and squirt designs on the sidewalk (via I Can Do That! So Can You…)
#8 – Ding Dong Ditch a box of diapers to a new mom or local pregnancy center (via Happy Home Fairy).
#9 – Visit a pet store and name all the animals.
#10 – Play Wacky Watermelon Bowling (via Growing a Jeweled Rose).
#11 – Sumo Wrestling (via All For The Boys).
#12 – Skype with someone and tell them funny jokes like, “What does the sun drink out of?” SUNGLASSES! 🙂
#13 – Make Fairies in a Jar (via Pinterest).
#14 – Play with Pipe Cleaners (via Spoonful).
#15 – Make Wooden Spoon Puppets (via Creative Learning Fun).
#16 – Give your pet a party (via Family Fun).
#17 – Shaving Cream + Plastic Tablecloth (via HeyDay Living).
#18 – Look through old photos together.
#19 – Make Nature Bracelets (via Happy Home Fairy).
#20 – Make Homemade Puffy Paint (via Skip to My Lou).
#21 – Use these FREE Printable Robot Drawing Prompts (via Picklebums).
#22 – Play this super fun Pool Noodle Game (via Parents).
#23 – Dress up super fancy for dinner and talk in British accents.
#24 – Make these super easy Paper Plate Crowns (via Meaningful Mama).
#25 – Make a Laser Beam Obstacle (via All for the Boys).
#26 – Bring in someone’s trash cans.
#27 – FAMILY DANCE PARTY.
#28 – Make this World’s Greatest Bubble Recipe (via Under the Sycamore).
#29 – Make this easy Plastic Bin Water Table (via Mom to 2 Posh Lil’ Divas).
#30 – Have dessert for breakfast one morning.
#31 – Make Car S’mores (via Mom Advice).
#32 – Make a Tin Foil River (via I Can Teach My Child).
#33 – Make a music video to your favorite song and share it on Facebook.
#34 – Create a Cave of Stars (via Pinterest).
#35 – Have a Glow Stick Bath (via Happy Home Fairy).
#36 – Make some Tape Roads (via Parents).
#37 – Make GAK (via Lil’ Luna).
#38 – Make a Sun-Bleached ABC Mat (via Kids Activities Blog).
#39 – Make Cereal Box Puzzles (via Happy Hooligans).
#40 – Make Marshmallow People (via Color Me Katie).
#41 – Make Pet Rocks (via Cocoa Bean Blog).
#42 – Make Walking Tacos (via The Girl Who Ate Everything).
#43 – Play Pom Pom Spooning (via Happy Home Fairy).
#44 – Have a Rainbow Toy Hunt (via Hands On: As We Grow).
#45 – Play with Cheerios (via Teach Preschool).
#46 – Go out for ice cream in your pajamas (the whole family must participate).
#47 – Run through the sprinklers.
#48 – Drop off a box of popsicles at a friend’s house (via eighteen25).
#49 – Take fun Sidewalk Chalk Photos (via Pinterest).
#50 – Go on a night walk around the neighborhood with flashlights.
#51 – Use Shaving Cream Bath Paint in the tub (via Meet the Dubiens).
#52 – Make Homemade Pizzas (via Queen Bee Coupons).
#53 – Make an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (via The Girl Who Ate Everything).
#54 – Make Homemade Window Clings with Saran Wrap and Sharpies (via Abernathy Crafts).
#55 – Savor every second.
Happy 55 Awesome Summer Ideas-ing! 🙂
*Please ‘Pin’ the image provided at the top of this post. To pin an individual activity, please visit the amazing sites listed. Thank you!*
These will be great this summer – I watch 2-3 children and these will save me on more than one occasion I’m sure – Thank you
You are saving my sanity and my summer right now. I love how everything is so doable and fun for my girls, ages 2, 6, and 9. Giving you a virtual hug! <3
Happy Home Fairy
Laura! Thank you for your encouragement! I am so happy this post helped you!! You are a great mama!
BEST. POST. EVER! Thank you!!! I am an early childhood music teacher and piano teacher. I will share these with my families and use some ideas during classes and piano lessons. umm, and I may have to try some myself : ).
Happy Home Fairy
Jennifer! I am so happy to have helped in some small way! Have fun with your students and family! xoxo
Thanks so much for collecting so many great ideas in one place for us, Julie. We’ve already begun working these into our summer fun. Since you didn’t include a printable checklist with this post, I created my own, which you’ll find here: http://www.flandersfamily.info/web/fresh-ideas-for-summer-fun/ Feel free to share it with your readers. I’ve included a link back to your original post, both in my post and on the printable. Blessings! Jennifer
Thanks for the inspiration! I love, love your blog and posts. It has been such a gift. Within the last year I became a SAHM, and while I love it I realized that something was missing. I prayed about it and God showed up through your website! I am so grateful! I can so relate and love to be creative. Thank you and bless you! Will definitely be using a few of these over the summer and am loving my summer so far! How awesome it has been to be at home with my kiddos making memories! Each second is precious (including not needing to set the alarm!)
I like your round-ups because they are always easily “doable”. And use items we already have or items that are inexpensive and readily available. This is often not the case with Pinterest.