Summer Activities Kids Will Love

Woman's Day
June 15, 2012

By Lisa Armstrong

With these four activities, you won't hear the words "Mom, I'm Bored!" all summer. Photo credit: Shuttershock

1. Play Water Limbo
How low can you go? Put on your swimsuits and turn on the garden hose. Have one player hold the nozzle while the others limbo under the stream. The last dry player wins!
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2. Blow Bubbles
But not just any bubbles. Trish Kuffner, author of The Arts & Crafts Busy Book, offers a new twist on this old favorite: Poke a pencil hole in the side of a paper cup, then stick a drinking straw through the hole until it's halfway inside the cup. Fill the cup with enough dishwashing detergent to cover the straw, then add a little water and a drop or two of food color. Voilà!-a bubble pipe. Now blow gently through the straw to create beautiful colored bubbles. See who can make the biggest one.

3. Put on a Play
Kids can create masks out of paper grocery bags, cutting holes for the eyes and mouth. Then add hair, funny noses and crazy eyebrows using paint and everyday items like yarn, string, rubber bands and buttons, says Kim Kotecki, coauthor of The Escape Plan: A 40- Day Plan to Annihilate the Adultitis in Your Life. Once your kids don the masks, they'll come up with all kinds of characters, dialogue and plots to entertain themselves for hours.
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Paint an Outdoor Canvas
Help kids get the big picture, literally, by hanging an old sheet on a clothesline or taping a large piece of butcher paper on a fence for your little artists to use as a canvas. Give them large store-bought brushes and also encourage them to use whatever they find outdoors-dip grass, leaves and twigs in the paint to make interesting prints, swishes and swirls.

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