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Cheap Summer Fun: Pool Noodle Sprinkler

Summer gets expensive. Who knew that keeping a kid entertained could cost so much money? We don’t want you spending your kids college tuition keeping them busy all summer. Sure it is fun to go to the water park, the movies, the amusement park, and the beach. But those trips start to take a toll on our wallet. So we want to find you some simple, fun, and cheap ideas to keep those kids busy this summer.

Pool Noodle sprinklers may not be as extravagant as the water park, but they can be easily created on the cheap, and who can beat the commute? Throw some water balloons in, add a few buckets, and squirt guns and you better believe your kids will be busy and having a blast!

What You will Need:

Pool Noodle

Duct Tape

phillips head screw driver

What You will do:

Simply poke holes in the pool noodle, make as many as you want.

Slide the pool noodle over the end of the hose, duct tape the exposed end of the noodle so that water can not escape it.

Then turn on the hose and watch as your pool noodle sprinkler comes to life! Thanks to Hip2Save for the incredibly cool and cheap summer fun idea! Check out more of Hip2Save’s ideas now!

 

Elmer’s Glue Slime: No Borax Slime Recipe

There have been a lot of incidents regarding homemade slime. Many parents have cited that their homemade slime recipes containing borax have caused chemical burns. So we have decided it was time to share a new recipe that does not contain the borax. Many different recipes have been floating around, and we found that this one directly from Elmer’s Glue seems to be the safest alternative to the one containing borax.

What You Will Need:

1/2 tbsp of baking soda

1 tbsp of contact lens solution

4 fl oz Elmer’s White school glue

Your choice of food coloring

What You Will Do:

1. Pour out the entire bottle of a 4oz of Elmer’s School Glue into a bowl.

2. Add ½ tbsp of baking soda and mix thoroughly.

3. After mixing, add your choice of food coloring until you get the color you want.

4. Add 1 tbsp of contact lens solution.

5. Mix until mixture gets harder to mix and slime begins to form.

6. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands.

7. If needed, add ¼ tbsp of contact lens solution to make the slime less sticky.

*Adult supervision is required; This project is not appropriate for children under the age of 3 years. Always wash your hands before and after making and playing with slime. Warning: If large quantities of contact lens solution are accidentally ingested (greater than a tablespoon), get medical attention immediately.

 

*Please watch children that play with this slime. It is not appropriate for children under three and should NOT BE INGESTED.

 

This slime recipe can be altered to include glitter or different colors. Check out Elmer’s Glue for more recipes!

 

Crafty DIY: Sunflower Plates

I don’t know about you, but we have a lot of summer days that are just too hot for us to be outdoors. On those days we sometimes enjoy staying indoors and creating arts and crafts projects in the nice comfortable air conditioned house.

This fun project still makes us feel a if we are enjoying nature with its beautiful sunflower theme. Thank you to The Resourceful Mama for a great indoor project that still beckons us to the sweetness that is summer.

Sunflowers are a great part of summer. Here they grow wild in fields, but you can also plant them at home and see them bloom in your very own garden.

This craft is very simple to follow and brings those beautiful summer blooms indoors. Head on over to  The Resourceful Mama for a great tutorial.