Summer is almost here and so are the cries of “I’m BOOOOOORED!” While I love to go and do things during the summer, there are also a lot of days that we will be staying at home. Here are some ideas for inexpensive summer fun at home!
- Bake cookies – It’s a snack, it’s an activity, it’s both! Nothing nips boredom in the bud like yummy cookies. Try these chocolate chip cookies. They are awesome!
- Go to the Library – Ok. This isn’t exactly at home but it will give you lots to do at home once you’ve been. Let your kids’ imagination be your guide. Check out a few graphic novels, some books to read aloud and maybe a few books on something they are interested in. Having a pile of books to browse through (and read/take in alone) is a great way to combat boredom.
- Make Window Clings – Decorate your windows with these easy and fun window clings. You probably have most of the ingredients you need at home already.
- Make homemade ice cream – You can use a no-churn ice cream recipe or use an ice cream machine. Regardless, ice cream is always a YES in our house.
- Have a water fight! Evan really loves these fast fill water balloons but I also really like the idea of these reusable water balloons.
- Run through the sprinkler – All the water fun without the “fight” aspect. Plus your lawn gets a welcome drink of water too. Plus you can use a regular sprinkler or buy a fun kid themed one.
- Gardening – Let the kids plant a selection of flowers or herbs and watch them grow. Want to be a bit more involved? Check out this book on hands on gardening experiments.
- Have a picnic – Who said you have to go somewhere to have a picnic? Pack your lunch and enjoy it on your lawn!
- Paint Rocks – Evan started painting rocks when we were in Florida. He loves giving them as gifts. Use paints you have around the house or buy a rock painting kit.
- Dress up and have a tea party – Let the kids dress up in your clothes and serve them tea and little sandwiches. They’ll love it.
- Go camping in the back yard – Nothing is more fun that sleeping in a tent…especially when your bed is only steps away if it starts raining.
- Sidewalk Chalk – There are so many new kinds of sidewalk chalk now. From sidewalk chalk paint to glitter chalk. Set a theme and make it a contest!
- Explore the stars – Check out the stars on a clear night. Learn some of the easier constellations and get your kids to make up their own.
- Play board games – Stock up on new (or new to you) board games before summer hits. Some of our favorites are Ticket to Ride, Trouble , and Qwixx. I always make sure to keep an eye out for games when I visit a thrift store, book sale or yard sale. You can get some great deals!
- Learn Origami – The art of paper folding can be fun and interesting. You can buy an origami kit or just google instructions and use the paper you have.
- Obstacle Course – Make your own obstacle course in the back yard and invite friends over to play.
- Plan a neighborhood scavenger hunt – Let your kids help with the list and then you can all go out together (or by themselves if they are older).
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