The weather keeps getting better every day! The sun shines, the flowers shoot up and the clouds invite us to day dream. The urge to get outside is almost overwhelming, and at my house it has been known to inspire us to ditch our chores and chase our day dreams of summer fun!
If you feel the same way for spring and summer weather, you are going to live these ideas for outdoor play! These ideas are so fun and super simple that there is no reason not to try them out with the kids!
Bubble Away a Day
Making a solution of homemade bubbles is so easy that you will never buy the jugs of refills again! You can use so many different recipes, from sugar bubbles to traditional dawn dish soap bubbles. Really all you need is a little dish washing soap, corn syrup and water! As a good rule of thumb use 6 parts of water to 1 part of dish liquid, with a few tablespoons of corn syrup for a bubbling good time for all!
You can make homemade bubble wands with so many items in your own kitchen! Tape a few straws together, shape a pipe cleaner, or tape a the plastic ring from a 6 pack of soda to a straw and blow up some fun with your homemade solution.
Paint Up a Storm
Kids love to paint, but moms are usually not fond of the mess that can happen at the hands of children armed with paint brushes. Taking the art outside is the perfect solution to keep everyone happy! Mixing up a batch of homemade sidewalk chalk is a recipe for a creative good time! It is so easy to make that this is one of our go to summer activities. All you need is food coloring, corn starch and water. Use 2 parts of water to 1 part of cornstarch and add as many drops of food coloring as it takes to make the colors of your day dreams!
Water Play All Day
A hot summer day is the perfect time to play with water! If you don't have a pool,
no worries, it is cool! If you have a clean, empty gallon jug, simply drill a few small holes into the lid, fill it with water and turn the kids lose to create a gentle rain that will cool them off and give your lawn an extra sip of water in the process! Another great and economical idea is to give the kids a pitcher of water and a few plastic containers. They can fill them, splash around in the overflow and learn about measuring all at once!
An even simpler idea for water play is to grab a few beach balls
and turn on the sprinkler. The kids will love running and jumping in it, and as well all know, beach balls make everything more fun!