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Outdoor Summer Fun: Squirt Gun Painting

Squirt Gun Painting Fun

If you are anything like me you have become quickly disillusioned by summer break. The sounds of children complaining they are bored has become too much. It is time to send them back outside to do something else. Anything else, as long as they are outside!

This fun artistic endeavor will not only keep them busy, hopefully wear them out, it will also be one of the more exciting things they get to do outside. Squirt Gun Painting. Now don’t worry we are sure you can make sure to buy water soluble paint in case the painters get a little over zealous, but we do suggest wearing clothes you don’t care much about when you let them do this.

Fireflies and Mudpies writer and creator Melissa is the one to credit for this gem of a summer project. A writer, photographer, and educator, she knows how to get artistic and make it fun. And this is certainly fun. Art is such an important part of the world, and the world of education. It can also be incredibly fun. Especially when you do it with squirt guns and boys who have been cooped up in the house.


We suggest heading over to Fireflies and Mudpies and learning all about how this fun project was created and the great tips on how to make it safe, fun, and easier to clean up. We just know it will be a hit!

37 Outdoor Summer Activities

We know Summer isn’t here yet, but its never too early to start planning. After all, the sooner you get things on your to-do list the less likely it is that you will hear those dreaded summer-time words. I’M BORED!! This list has 37 incredibly fun ideas37 outdoor summer activities for keeping your boys busy in the backyard all summer long. These projects can be done with the kids, or for the kids. You can even get started planning and creating now in order for the more extravagant ideas to be ready for summer. We love the idea of planting and planning some of these now, especially the garden teepee. Check them all out for some incredible fun this summer. We love the garden teepee, the zipline, and the rope course. Anything that keeps our boys outside and active is a favorite for us!

What is your favorite outdoor summer activity? Have you tried any of these incredible ideas? Did they work? Do they need improving?

We want to see some of your attempts at these fun and outrageous backyard activities for summer. Share photos here and on our Facebook all summer long! Give tips to other parents trying to create these ideas. Did you find something that worked better? Did it turn out how you wanted? Did your kids enjoy it? We want to know!  And please use the tag #37OutdoorsummeractivitesTBS so that we can all enjoy your ideas.

Summer Activities: Indoor Campout

While some love to camp others prefer to stay indoors. But just because you don’t like to camp, doesn’t mean your kids don’t. So what do you do when you have an eager beaver and you are just not interested inc amping outside? Camp inside of course! Camping inside, or even in your own backyard is a great alternative to camping in the wild, especially when you have small kiddos. It is really simple to make an indoor campout fun for your littles, and thanks to mommy blogger Jaimi of The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide you can follow an easy tutorial for the perfect indoor campout.

The Stay at Home Mom Survival guide was created by Jaimi, mommy of four, 2 and twins, and former teacher. She wanted to find a way to keep her kids busy, happy, entertained, healthy, and learning while playing everyday. The more she worked at it the more she realized she had to share it all with the world of stay at home moms. So share she did, her blog The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide is exactly that. A survival guide for mommies that are new to staying at home, are pro stay at homers, or moms who just want some fun activities to do with their kids when they are home with them.

Jaimi’s Indoor Camping Tutorial is just the tool for designing the perfect indoor campout this summer. Simply head on over to her page and learn all the tricks of the trade for a great summer campout. Including an incredible indoor camp fire!



What You Will Need:

  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Tissue paper or construction paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • cardboard

Don’t forget to pack some marshmallows for you campfire, you may not be able to roast them, but they still taste great!