5 Ways to Entertain Kids this Summer

School’s been out in my neck of the woods for a few weeks now, but I know that for many of you, this will be the first week your kids are home for the summer.  It can be awesome to have a break from all of the homework, activities, and obligations that keep us busy while school is in session.  But as any mom or dad knows, summer vacation isn’t all that relaxing if you’ve got bored and cranky kids with a little too much time on their hands.  That’s a bad combination!  So, our best defense against boredom is a great offense, right?  This week, I’ve found some low-cost activities that take minutes to make but produce hours of fun for your children.  Bust boredom and have a blast with these 5 Ways to Entertain Kids this Summer.

1.  Water Play

Here’s a way to beat the nothin’ to do blues and the summertime heat!  Prairie Daze shows how to use PVC pipe to make custom sprinklers in crazy shapes.  Add a few toys and you’ve got your own splash park!

2.  Bombs Away

This tutorial from Whipperberry is for a sponge bomb.  What a fun edition to the splash park!   Kids could have a lot of fun tossing a sillly, water-logged ball around outside on a hot day.

3.  Backup Plans

Not every summer day is sunny, which is why it’s always good to have backup plans for indoor entertainment.  The Busy Budgeting Mama shares a darling castle made from cardboard boxes.  This is a fun project that the kids can help design and personalize!

4.  Too Cool for School

Counting Coconuts has a great idea for providing fun and cooling down at the same time.  This toy-filled ice block is a great way to keep kids occupied for hours.

5.  Summertime Glow

Summer fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.   Forget about bedtime and let the kids run around outside in the dark with these amazing glow-in-the-dark bubbles.   Find out how to make them at Crafts for Boys.

So, what’s your summertime strategy?  Do you have any favorite tricks for keeping your kids busy over summer vacation?

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