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Backyard Camping

Summer is a great time to unplug and unwind. The days are long, the nights are short, and so is our time with our kids. It can be difficult to find activities that do not cost a lot of money, especially when we consider how long the summer break lasts. That’s why it is great to find fun outdoor activities that do not cost money, but they still give us the chance to get outside and interact with our kids.

Backyard camping is a fun and inexpensive activity for the summer. You can create a world of adventure with just a few items.

What you will need:

  • Tent
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • food
  • campfire or firepit
  • flashlights

With just a few items you can create a world of enchantment. Tell stories around the fire, share a meal, a treat, and enjoy each others company. Leave all of the devices in the house and enjoy your time together without the distractions of modern life.

Looking for something sweet for your treat? Check out this amazing idea for smores from Butter With a Side of Bread. You will not be disappointed.

Backyard camping - smores

Painted Rocks: Fourth of July Edition

Have you heard of the new fun activity that is becoming very popular amongst kids and parents? Painted rocks. This creative activity began as a fun way to interact with kids on a global level.

This rock painting and hiding phenomenon is a way to get kids outdoors and spreading joy and kindness. Consequently, kids and parents go outdoors and find rocks, paint them with any fun, imaginative images, patterns, etc. Then they take the rock with them as they run errands around town. They find a unique place outside to leave the rock for someone else to find, and in turn, they stay on the “lookout” for fun rocks of their own.

As a result, the rock hiding phenomenon has reached far and wide already. Painted rocks are hiding and being found all over including Jacksonville, North Carolina; Weymouth, Canada; and Redding, California. The rocks are bringing smiles to face everywhere.

Painted rocks - July 4 versions

Here in Southern California, you can find the rocks at parks, outside of grocery stores, and at local swimming pools. We have been excited to get in on the rock painting fun. So this weekend we decided to create some holiday inspired rocks, Fourth of July firework rocks. My kids loved painting the rocks. Even my youngest was excited to join in. Afterward, we hid some at the fountain at the mall, one at the community pool for swim lessons, one at the fireworks event, and one at our neighborhood park.

Where will you hide your rocks?

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!