Summer is when you go out and feel the warm sunlight on your face. It’s the season when you pack your bags, and go hiking, swimming, or have a picnic. Though, if you have children who are staying at home from their school break, you also must be creative, so they can enjoy some summertime fun while you’re at home.
We’ve gathered some expert tips that could be the saving grace you badly need to keep your children entertained and have some peace.
Make Marshmallow Cone for Summertime Fun
One of the things to do with kids in the summer is enjoy some homemade ice cream. Now, you can try this marshmallow cone trick that will help minimize the mess and give your kids extra happiness.
Before scooping ice cream into a waffle cone, plop a big fat marshmallow into the bottom of the cone first.
Not only will it stop the ice cream from dripping out the bottom, but your kids will have a fun surprise waiting for them when they eat their way to the bottom of the cone!
Melt-Proof Those Ice Pops
Don’t you hate it when the heat of the summer sun starts making homemade ice pops drip all over the place?
This melt-proof hack will save you time from cleaning some mess, and you can have more time to focus on your summer plans.
Freeze Aloe Vera for Sunburn Relief
Did you know that aloe vera has some amazing skin healing properties? It’s also one of the best things to use on painful hot sunburn.
You can also give aloe vera even more cooling power, squeeze the gel into cute candy molds, and pop them into the freezer first! The fun little bits of frozen gel will make having sunburn a little less painful than it already is.
Bug-Proof Your Drinks
Stock up on cupcake liners. They’re also great at keeping your drinks free of icky bugs when you’re having a picnic on the patio.
Just poke a straw through the bottom of a cupcake liner to make an adorable “umbrella” drink topper!
Kid-Friendly Breakfast Station
When you’re in a rush to get to work in the morning, the last thing you have time for is spending half an hour making breakfast for your kids.
Here’s what to do during summer break that will be fun and will benefit you too. If they’re old enough to hold a bowl and a spoon, then they’re old enough to feed themselves with this cool breakfast station hack.
You can pre-measure dry cereal into single-serving containers, and place them in a drawer or on a shelf that they can easily access. Leave a few surprise snacks in there, and they’ll love you even more than they already do!
Let Them Paint The Sheets
If you have bored kids, chances are, you have a chaotic household with kids screaming and fighting over one toy. Here are one of the fun indoor activities for summer that you will love.
Grab an old sheet from your closet or the thrift store, and turn it into an outdoor art canvas for the kids. Be sure to stake the corners of the fabric into the grass so it doesn’t blow away.
Fill some bowls with paint, and then let the kiddos have fun using their hands, paint brushes, and sponges to create their next masterpiece!
Turn The Back Deck Into A Game Board
One of our problems is what to do in the summer when you’re bored. No one will get bored with this large-than-life game!
Just lay down some masking tape, use chalk to write on the game board, and roll the dice! The great thing about this game is that anything goes – your kids can make up whatever rules they want!
Just don’t leave the masking tape outside for too long. It’ll bake in the sun, and then it’ll be impossible to get off! Check out this blog for more info.
Car Organizer For Long Road Trips
Organizing anything when you have kids is a challenge. Even more so when you try to cram everyone and their gear into the confined spaces of a car, right?
If you want to keep everything neat and organized while you’re on the highway, then hang an over-the-door shoe organizer from the back of the seat.
It’s a kid-friendly day trips hack that will give you plenty of easy-to-reach pockets, so everyone can find what they need in a flash!
If it’s gotten to the point where the kids are bickering non-stop, then it probably means they’re super bored and looking for any way to keep them stimulated.
To keep them occupied, pull an “activity stick” out of a jar whenever they start to get bored. The only rule is they have to do whatever is written on it! Check out this post for some fun activity ideas.
Keep Outfits Separated
Traveling with kids can be a challenge. Make it easier on everyone by planning what they’re going to wear ahead of time.
Just pack one day’s worth of outfits into a gallon-sized bag, and you won’t have to worry about folding and re-sorting anything during the trip. Don’t forget to pack a garbage bag for their dirty clothes.
Make Giant Soap Bubbles!
Need I say more? Even grown-up “kids” will have fun playing around with this one!
The secret or key ingredient that makes the bubbles blow up to be big and strong is glycerin. You can find them at craft stores or buy them online.
For a good soap bubble recipe, and instructions on how to make a giant loop wand, check out this tutorial.
Crafty On-The-Go Travel Totes
There’s no end to all the crafty ways you can upcycle empty baby wipes containers. Here’s one.
If you don’t want to go to all that trouble, just re-purpose them as travel totes for the kiddos. You don’t even have to decorate them!
Stuff them with markers, crayons, toys, games, and other crafts, and then grab one whenever you’re on the move. Simple!
This clever hack makes it super easy to find just the right size Band-Aid. Separate them by size into individual zipper bags, then apply one to the outside of the bag.
You’d love this hack when you’re in a rush to patch up to boo-boo! You’ll know just by glancing at the bag if it’s the size you want.
In a Nutshell
We all need this surviving summer parent guide. That way, we could also have summertime fun and be able to bond with our family.
Do you also have your own summertime hacks you enjoy doing with your family?