Summer break is here! So in honor of summer, today I am going to give you some fun ideas and boredom busters for the kiddos. My first suggestion is to make a family boredom jar. These are good for kids that think they have nothing to do, or for a rainy day. You can write things like create an obstacle course, build a fort, play a game, have a scavenger hunt, paint a self portrait, etc. Customize it for things that will work well for your kids and their ages and help them think outside the box. I am also going to show you a couple quick projects for summer fun!
For the first project I am going to show you how to make sponge balls, for fun outdoor water fun.
You will simply need some different color plain dish sponges and some string. You will cut each rectangular sponge longways into four long strips. Place the pieces from two sponges on top of each other and tie securely in the middle. Then you can move your pieces to form your little urchin like ball. Make a bunch, give the kids a bucket of water each and let the water fight begin.
For project number 2 we will be making bouncy balls. Its an easy project and great for the kids to get involved with. They can help customize and make their own, then if they are like my kids will bounce them till you go crazy.
What You Will Need:
- 1 tbs Borax
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- 2 tbs of Elmers glue
- 1 tbs of cornstarch
- Food coloring of your choice
- First you will make your borax and water mixture.
- In a separate container mix the glue, cornstarch and food coloring.
- Next pour the glue mixture into the water/ borax cup.
- The glue mixture will begin to harden after 10 minutes. Use a fork or spoon to take it out of the water. If its still sticky you can squish it in your hands and dip back into the water.
- Next roll the mixture in your hands to make a ball. The more you work with it the firmer the ball will become.
- Now let the kids bounce away.
Another great project to do with kids that has become a big trend is rock painting. Many communities have rock hiding and sharing groups in their cities. Here in Greensboro we have Piedmont Triad Rocks. You can join the Facebook page and be apart of the fun. All you need are some rocks and paint and let the kids be creative(its a good idea to seal them with something or use patio paint). Let the kids have fun placing rocks around the community for others to find or make some for your yard.