Looks like we’re going to be stuck at home for a little while. The a/c went out in my car a couple of weeks ago and it really doesn’t help that 2 of the windows don’t go down. It’s like a sauna in there. The car isn’t worth dumping $1000 into to fix the problem, so we’re waiting until we can afford another car payment. Thankfully, we have another car to share that’s only 2 years old and very reliable. So when my husband has to travel to Ruskin or Tampa for work, I’ll be stuck at home with the boys.
So far we’ve had fun coloring, painting, making robots, building forts and having water play days with friends.
I’m making a list of some fun things to do at home, both inside and outside. I’ll probably add to it throughout the summer. Please fell free to share your awesome #SummerFun ideas here, on my Facebook page or tweet them to me @JennLikesIt. I also have a #SummerFun pinboard that I’ll keep pinning to!
- Make lots of ice cream, gelato and sorbet with my KitchenAid stand mixer and ice cream maker attachment. I’ve pinned some good recipes for each on my Sweet Tooth pinboard.
- Paint with marbles.
- Fly our Air Hogs stunt plane in the backyard.
- Make my own Dill Pickles and other pickled goodies like red onions, okra and zucchini.
- Build lots more forts!
- Turn our scary crab sandbox into a beautiful garden. Like this!
- Paint some tires and plant some veggies in them. Like this!
- Excavate dinosaurs from a block of ice. <—- We did this and it was awesome! See it HERE.
- Make our own sidewalk chalk paint and decorate the back patio and driveway. <—- We did this too! Wesley loved it. Read about it HERE.
- Snuggle on the couch and watch movies while eating popcorn and fruit snacks.
- Make sandcastle clay. Build sandcastles. Paint sandcastles. I used to do this with my summer campers at Our Savior Lutheran School.
- Make Sponge Balls for water play using fun brightly colored sponges from the dollar store.
- Play flashlight games in the dark.
- Make puzzles out of popsicle sticks!
- Make goop out of equal parts liquid starch and school glue. I like to stick a straw in it and blow giant bubbles. I did this at summer camp every year.
- Paint with mud! Just add a little poster paint to some mud and you’ll get rich and gritty colors. Paint on sturdy paper or an old sheet.
- Play with play dough and make snakes and trucks and all kinds of silly things.
- Read lots of books and act out the stories with stuffed animals and other toys.
- Paint with trucks!
- Blow lots of bubbles in the backyard and pop as many as we can.
- Make collages out of magazine clippings.
- Make our own magnets using board books that Wesley has nearly destroyed. That link takes you to my first blog. I wrote about this several years ago. Don’t expect any updates there, though.
- Make our own erupting volcano out of play dough.
- Make Moon Sand!
- Make Gak in lots of bright colors.
- Redecorate the bathtub with DIY bathtub paint!
Of course when we’re all together and we’ll start checking off activities from our Family Day To Do List, go to the beach and hit up the library a few times. What you add to this list?