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Fun Summer Activities and Crafts for Kids

So Summer is here and the kids are out of school.  Before to long they are going to be whining about being bored.  Well when that boredom rolls around here are some fun activities you and the kids can do to pass the time.

 

 


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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

 
 

There is nothing like using the driveway or the patio to create a work of art.  Instead of buying the costly pre-made chalk.  You can make your own.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. Water

1 1/2 c. Cornstarch

Food Coloring multiple colors

Muffin Tins or Ice cube trays or candy molds.

Directions:

Mix the water and cornstarch together.  Separate into separate bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to each.  You can make one color or several.  Once you have the color choices, pour into the mold of your choice and let the mixture harden overnight.

Next day head outside and let your kids create works of art.

 
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Peanut Butter Playdough

 
 

As a child we had a neighbor across the street, who would always make us playdough.  It was the best.  One day she made Peanut Butter play dough and the best part.  It's edible!

Ingredients:

1 small jar of peanut butter (18 oz)

1 C  honey

4 c Confectioners Sugar (Powdered Sugar)

Directions:

Place ingredients in to a mix bowl and using your low speed on your mixer, mix till combined.

You are ready to create and play and have fun.  Make sure the kids wash their hands before they play because they will probably be sneaking tastes of this yummy dough.

Obviously this recipe is not meant for kids or adults with nut allergies.

Refrigerate dough after done with play.

 
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Lori C.
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Homemade Ice Cream From a Bag

 
 

Ingredients:

1/2 c. Half and Half

2 T. Sugar

1/2 t. Vanilla

Gallon Size Ziploc bag, pint size Ziploc Bag

Ice

1/2 c. Rock Salt possibly more

Directions:

In a bowl mix the half and half, sugar, and vanilla.  Pour into a pint size bag and seal.

Fill the gallon size bag half way full of ice and add the rock salt.  Place the pint size bag into the gallon size bag and seal.

Shake for 5-10 minutes until frozen.

Scoop into a bowl and enjoy.

 

 
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Grass Heads

 
 

What you will need for one grass head.

Nylon Stocking

1 T grass seed

1 cup of potting soil

rubber bands

Jar or small flower pot

google eyes

pipe cleaners

felt

Directions:

Put the nylon stocking into a cup and then strech it around the edges.  Add the grass seed then the soil.  Then close and put a rubber band on the end of the stocking at the bottom of the soil.

You can always pull out a portion of the sock to make a nose and ears.  Just pull out and place a band around those areas.

Fill your container with a little water and sit your grass head sitting on top with the excess stocking hanging into the water.

Make sure your head is fat enough to sit on top so that it doesn't fall into the container.

Decorate your grass head with eyes, bows, arms, glasses etc.  leave the top alone.

Wait for their hair to grow.

 
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Glow in the Dark Bowling

 
 

What you will need:

6 Bottles of Water

6 Glow Sticks (you can find these at Dollar Tree)

a easy rolling ball

Directions:

Take one glow stick and place it in one water bottle put the cap back on.  Repeat for the other 5 bottles

Set them up the way bowling pins would be set up outside on your lawn or driveway.

Once the sun goes down, go outside and have some outdoor fun.

Don't activate the glow sticks too soon or else you won't have the glow you need in the dark.

For added fun, but different color glow sticks in each bottle.

Start your game

 

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