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Outdoor Boredom Buster!

It happened already!! I heard the dreaded words that all parents fear during school breaks — I’m bored!! I almost broke, I’m not kidding you. I had to take a few minutes to control myself, then I got out my idea list that I so thoughtfully made before summer. Then I sent them outside to test this one out.

I sent them outside with a bucket full of water, some large sponges, and sidewalk chalk. I helped them to draw some targets, and a few shapes to stand in while they throw. I told them that whoever scored the most points would get to choose dessert tonight. They have been playing for nearly 30 minutes — and the only scream I have heard have been screams of joy and laughter. I am very excited that this one worked out, and that it got them outside having some crazy fun for a little while.

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They did tire of it after about 40 minutes, but then they were still so amped up about being outside that they went and played on their swingset for another hour. Which gave me some nice quiet time without the screaming and squabbling. So this one is definitely a keeper! What activities have you tried this summer?

Thank you to Pinterest for this fun idea!

Outdoor Activities with Shaving Cream!

I love giving my kids activities to do outside, and they love it when those outdoor activities make a mess. I do NOT love it when they make a mess, even outside. So I try to find activities that while messy, are easy to clean up.

My kids played at a friends house and used shaving cream outside to make art on the sidewalk. We don’t actually have sidewalk since we live in a rural area. We do have a very large back patio, and they love to use chalk on it. I had been hesitant to let them do too much without being sure it would wash off. So I did a little research and found this fun website called The Tiptoe Fairy. This fun website features a shaving cream recipe that allows your kids to make their own puffy paint for sidewalks (or patios) that washes off easily.  Thank you Tiptoe Fairy for this great idea. Now my kids can make a mess, and I can be sure it comes off.

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The Tiptoe Fairy has a very simple and easy to follow tutorial that will help you to recreate her foamy puff paint. My kids loved the paint. Although it does stick pretty well to the cement it washes off with moderate water pressure. It was the perfect way to get them unplugged and outside during their weekend playtime.

Be sure to head on over to The Tiptoe Fairy for the complete tutorial, and be sure to check out her other amazing tutorials!

Outdoor Gaming Table: D.I.Y.

We spend a lot of time outside during the summer. We try to have as many outdoor activities to enjoy as we can. Recently we started creating fun little seating groups in our yard for spending time together as a family and for entertaining. Our kids loved the idea of having an outdoor gaming table so they could play with friends and with us. We found this fun tutorial online from Shanty-2-Chic, a great blog about DIY from two women.

I loved the idea that we could create this table at home. Also, I loved that it was two women showing us how to make the table. My boys and my girls were impressed by the skills these women had. I loved that they were seeing someone other than a man build and use power tools. it is so important for boys and girls to see strong women. I also loved how simple the tutorial was to follow. Now we have a fun new table to use in the yard, and I didn’t have e to purchase an overpriced item in a big store.

Outdoor gaming table

For the full tutorial head on over to Shanty-2-Chic now. They have many amazing tutorials for building and DIY. You can find anything from tables to beds to planters. Check them out and you may just discover a love for a new hobby.

Feel free to share with us, in the comments below, how you spend family time in the great outdoors.