If you’re like me, these summer days are starting to seem a little longer and the kids are fighting a little more. Around here we’ve just past the ‘half-way’ mark of summer, the initial giddiness has worn off and the ‘how many days til school starts again’ wall appears to be just around the corner. While having daily activities and a very set schedule is helping immensely, there still are moments of ‘crazy’. I’ve been shooting for 2 activities each day and they have to be engaging for kids age 2 through 11. Thankfully I’ve had a good bit of success with several of the fun pins I have complied in my “Summer Fun” board and I’m hoping I have enough to get me through the remaining weeks of summer. I thought I’d spend today sharing some of our favorite activities thus far, so here we go!!
This one has been my personal favorite so far. We took cups and dipped the rim in black tempera paint, set it aside to dry and went back later with watercolors. The results were very fun!
This one was another cute idea. Take two pieces of black construction paper and cut holes in them (we had success folding both pieces together and cutting them like we would to make paper snowflakes). Then you cover each of the holes with tissue paper and glue the two pieces of black paper together making sure the holes are lined up. Hang them in a window and enjoy!
This one was a hit with the kids… probably because it was messy. I gave each of them a pretty good-sized squirt of shaving cream onto a baking sheet and had them spread it around. Then I added a few drops of food coloring and gave them a small popsicle stick to stir the colors around (so we didn’t stain hands). Once they had a nice blend of colors they each took a piece of watercolor paper and pressed it into the shaving cream so most of it was squished out all around the sides. Peeled it off, scraped any remaining shaving cream off of the paper, and let them dry. Very pretty results.
Salt painting! Using school glue, each kid ‘drew’ a picture. Next we sprinkled salt all over the paper and shook off the excess (like you would with glitter). Finally they took water colors and very gently ‘touched’ the paint-filled brush to the salt pictures and the color spread through the wet salt/glue. This one wasn’t very ‘toddler’ friendly but the older ones loved it.
And finally homemade ‘puffy paint’. This one worked very well which surprised me to be honest. I just mixed 1 tablespoon of self rising flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, a few drops of food coloring and a little water (enough to make a paste) in various cups. I let the kids paint with them (as you can see ‘drops’ worked best for us but I believe I made our paint a little too runny) and then as they finished I put them into the microwave for 30 seconds (or less) and the result was perfect ‘puffy paint.’
My fun ‘summer’ window featuring the pennant banner I made (tutorial here) and some of the art projects we’ve tackled so far! It’s a fun way to spruce up the room for the summer months and the kids love that their artwork is on display.
The detailed directions to each of these ideas (and many more) can be found in my ‘Summer Fun’ Pinterest board. I hope you all enjoy the remaining days of summer, I hear my family vacation calling… only two weeks away!! Before we know it, it will be time for backpacks and school lunches but not before a few more weeks of sun and swimming!
Yay for summer fun!