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Pool Noodle Planes: DIY Fun

We love a good craft, especially a craft that keeps our kids entertained for hours. This is definitely one of those crafts. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always knowing exactly what we need to entertain those rowdy boys of ours!

Frugal Fun 4 Boys always seems to have the best crafts for kids. They are simple to follow, and always give us a really understandable tutorial. the activities are always fun too, so we just keep coming back for more.

This month I wanted to try something that would get my kids outside, having fun, and I wanted something that could double for pool fun. This was the perfect thing. The pool noodles and foam used can withstand a significant amount of time in water. So we enjoyed making our finished creations fly around the pool while we swam. The kids flew them back and forth to one another in the shallow end for over an hour. That’s a long time to do anything at 6. So thank you again Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for always helping me to find ways to entertain my kids.

Pool noodle planes

Be sure to head on over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for the full tutorial, and be sure to see what other ideas are over there. Trust us, it is worth it!

Batting Practice: Water Balloons Revisited!

The weather is heating up here in the hot desert. We have had to get creative in the ways we are staying cool this summer. We decided to revisit the idea of a water balloon fight, but we needed a new twist. Thank you to icandy Handmade for the great idea — Water Balloon Baseball!

icandy Handmade created the coolest baseball birthday for her son, and we took the game idea — water balloon baseball — and turned it in to the best summer activity EVER! With just a bag full of water balloons (or several) and a couple of baseball bats you can be outside soaking up sun and busting balloons (and laughs) all afternoon.

My husband thought he would have a laugh or two and replaced a handful of the water balloons with regular balloons. The kids became frustrated when the balloon didn’t bust on the first whack. Instead they had a great time hitting the balloon over and over.

Water balloons are such a simple and fun summer activity. I can remember playing with my own siblings all summer long as a child tossing water balloons and dodging their attempts at hitting me with a balloon. As long as there is summer, there will be water balloons.

Do not forget to head on over to icandy Handmade to check out her incredible Baseball Birthday ideas and see how much fun it was creating water balloon baseball!

 

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.

boredom buster

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!