Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day! Yes, you can sing along with me if you’d like! What are you going to do today? I’m planning on what to do with my girls and 2 little guys that are coming to play this afternoon. What are some of my ideas you ask? We’re going to sit in a circle and stare at each other…….for 3 hours….yep..maybe get a tan while we’re at it! Baahahaha!!! Nope, that would not fly with any of them! I’m going to pick a few items from my list below and have some fun! If you have more ways to entertain those littles, comment below…I’d love to hear them.
- Chalk Drawing — fill up those neighborhood sidewalks, make masterpieces on the driveways….use what you’ve got!
- Hopscotch—-keep that chalk out, find the best rock or beanbag you’ve got, and have fun!
- Tic-Tac-Toe—- with chalk or Use my ideas to get you started! If you click on the picture here, you will see a printable page to use! You’re welcome!
- Take a hike— there are trails everywhere! But if you don’t have a real trail, create your own “trail”. Enjoy the outdoors.
- Read outside—-take a book, magazine, catalog, recipe book, anything….and READ!
- Pitch a tent in the back yard
- Garden together—pick those weeds! Won’t that be soooooo fun! (says I, the brown thumb of the family!!)
- Go to the beach— don’t forget your sunscreen, beach towels, cooler of drinks and snackies!
- Go fishing— in a boat or off the shore, just as fun, making memories!
- Build a sandcastle— obviously it goes along with beach going right???!!! Just remember a bucket or cup or bowl….no need to be fancy…that’s what imaginations are for!
- Color. Just color. Take out the paper or color books and color. Lay on a blanket in the back yard, sit at the table on the deck, and color!
- Do a scavenger hunt with the kids. I have one here for you to start with! Click on it for a printable PDF! Then make your own with your kiddos!
- Take a bike ride
- Play volleyball
- Make ice cream— either make yours using an ice cream maker (I recommend the Pampered Chef Ice cream maker of course!!) or make the Ice cream in a bag!
- Go to ALL the parks in your city—this one will take the whole summer!!
- Host a party in your backyard!
- Put on a play
- Have a picnic
- Pick flowers
- Skip rocks
- Take pictures and make a scrapbook
- Have a lemonade stand
- Take a trip to the zoo
- Make a bird feeder
- Take out the sprinkler or pool
- Make recycling art— utilize all the different items in your recycling can and get creative!
- Go to the movie theater— get away from the heat!
What else would you add to my list?
I’m hoping to get through this whole list this summer, and I hope you do too!
Living room floor Tic-Tac-Toe is a super easy Rainy Day activity!! When the kids are going crazy, or better yet…making YOU crazy, take out the tape and the paper plates!
Now get that tape on the floor in a tic-tac-toe shape 🙂 When you make it big, the kids get excited. I don’t know what it is, but when ever I make a simple thing BIGGER, the kids come running. Next, take out paper plates (little or big—what ever you have on hand!) and label each with an X or O. Do at least 4 of each so a whole game can be played.
So easy…Not messy…can’t get any better!
PS….Need tape and plates? Check out Amazon!!
Many times I wanted to make play dough with my kiddos, but I thought you had to cook it to make it amazing, or you needed special ingredients that I knew I didn’t have. I was wrong. I’m sad that I missed out on many days that could have been filled with fun play dough play time!
What you need:
- 2c. Flour
- 1c. Salt
- 2Tbsp oil
- 1c. water
Combine all ingredients, mix well and knead until smooth. I did have to add a dusting more of flour at times when I thought it was too sticky. Use you best judgement…add a little bit at a time…your end result should look like this!
You can add any spices that you have in your cupboard to create a smell you love! Examples: Nutmeg, cinnamon, Pumpkin spice, coconut extract, Vanilla extract, or any other extract that your nose is attracted to!
Store you creation in an airtight container to ensure you’re able to play with it for days to come!
Ok Moms, Dads and teachers….it’s raining out. Enough said. You all know the feeling…what do I do with my kiddos now? We’re stuck inside and they’re driving me nuts! Already!!
Sometimes it’s nice to see a list of simple ideas to get your brain going….so here ya go! My list is not everything you could do in this whole world, but it is a great jumping point! Be creative— take my ideas and run with it! Add your own family twists to it. Change it up to fit your family’s needs.
- Living Room Tic-Tac-Toe
- Movie theater trip
- Make a blanket fort
- Make Playdough- from scratch!
- Have a reading war!!
- Play cards
- Make icecream in a bag
- Do puzzles
- Play board games
- Make a tie blanket
- Visit a nursing home
- Write a letter- and mail it!
- Fold and put away laundry (my favorite!)
- Go on a color hunt
- Paint on tinfoil
- Play balloon volleyball
- Make a Popsicle stick goodie box
- Make Gak
- Make bracelets
- Fly paper airplanes
- Do 20 Jumping jacks
- Bake bread
- Make a bird feeder
- Jump for 1 minute
- Paint with Q-tips
- Journal for 10 minutes
- Baking soda and vinegar experiments
- Play Memory
- Make S’mores in the oven
- Draw with washable markers and set in the rain
- Clean a room
- Make popcorn
- Play Simon Says
- Play indoor hopscotch
- Stack cups
- Find or make a pattern
- Draw a selfie
- Have a dance party
- Bake a cake
- Create a book
- Practice math facts
- Make Popsicles
- Jump in puddles
- Draw a picture
- Make a box fort
- Paint a picture
- Play Roll and Cover games
- Vacuum and dust
- Find a new recipe
- Blow painting
Enjoy these ideas with your kiddos either while stuck inside your own home or inside your classroom!
Journaling….one of my favorite things to do and have my kiddos do!! As a teacher, it is a wonderful tool to teach fine motor skills, letter formation, letter recognition, shapes, self portraits, telling how they are feeling — dictating when they can’t write yet, and so much more.
Little kiddos can also go on a “letter hunt”. This gets them looking for and differentiating between letters, words and numbers. An outcome often used in the preschool -kindergarten years.
I always tell parents that children, young in age, will do “scribble writing.” As long as they know what they are “writing,” that is what matters. They need to know that print has a meaning….and that includes their printing.
When they are a little older, they can work on their sentence structure, using descriptive words and they can challenge themselves to write more and more each time. Illustrations for older children can also be added into journaling.
Older children and young adults (and us big adults too of course!) can journal what they are doing each day and how they are feeling, what they enjoy and what they don’t enjoy.
Journaling can be a creative and therapeutic activity for all. So get those kiddos and yourself journaling today!