Simply Healthy Family: What the Heck am I Supposed to Do with these Kids All Summer Anyway?

7.6.11

What the Heck am I Supposed to Do with these Kids All Summer Anyway?


It's only been two weeks since school let out for the summer and I'm already going bonkers. Bonkers I tell you.  We live in the desert and it's already 100+ degrees outside. That's hot. {if anyone says 'but it's a dry heat' I'll scream} The parks, bike trails and golf courses are all deserted and dusty. The animals in the zoo have retreated to their respective caves. And here at my house we have our very own zoo of sorts going on front and center. The kids are already acting like caged, wild animals. I'm pretending I don't hear the tantrums and fighting as we speak.

So, what the heck am I supposed to do with 4 extremely energetic kids all summer long anyway? We can swim and read and play X-Box but then what about the other 15 & 1/2 hours of the day? Crafts are great. My kids love crafts. They keep them busy for longer than any other thing. I used to hate them due to the mess and the fact that I seemed to do 99% of the work and would often be sitting there all by myself finishing a craft intended for the kids amusement. Here is a fun list of very doable crafts I've found on the blessed internet. I hope you visit each site for the directions and for more creative ideas.





Check back in a few days because we made something very, very cool here at our house that the boys are still crazy about after a whole entire week! Wow.



Home Made Puffy Paint from Sandy Toes and Popsicles






Make a Puppet Theatre

picture from Cool Spaces for Kids





Head to your local Library.
Sign up for a summer reading program and go to fun classes.
Going to the Library will be even more fun with this cute book bag.

sewing pattern from Shiny Happy World





My boys love doing this.

picture from Martha Stewart





Beat the Heat! Have a Water Party!

Simple and Cute Sponge Ball tutorial from One Charming Party
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12 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you mean, and I only have two kids. Temperatures in Dubai are around 110F from June til September. But how much time can one spend in the pool. How many art projects, can one do (although I love them, and like you, do most of the work. My kids use paper worth several trees for their paintings. I like your ideas, espcially the painted stones and the puppet theatre.. Will definitely try them over the summer. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love the decorative rocks! Used to make them when I was young ..

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  3. It's tough isn't it? It's been in the mid 90s and humid, plus being preggo I feel like I am going to faint every time we go outside. Fun! We have been doing the pool, sprinklers, water parks, but water play gets old (for me!) ;)
    Good luck- cute tips. I'll let you know if I find any fun ones!

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  4. wow...lovely creativity..
    first time here...awesome space you have...very interesting posts..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

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  5. the rock painting, great idea there.

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  6. Fabulous - you are one busy girl! We don't get out till the 21st (in New Hampshire) and I'm going to use some of your ideas too! Check out http://www.barefootbooks.com/story/childrens-crafts-activities/ for some fun printables from Barefoot Books. They have stories and songs for the kiddos to listen to as well!

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  7. Those are great ideas, thank you! One thing that we do to get thru the summer is make a general schedule. It's just hard for me to get up every day and wonder what we are going to do, so that has been a help to me. Then kids know what we are going to do and when and look forward to going to the library and the down time after or cooking together or whatever your plans are!

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  8. 100 degree dry heat is still 100 degree heat. Ugh. We had 95 degree humid heat yesterday...it was kind of seriously awful.

    You've got so many great ideas for keeping your kids occupied! Love it!

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  9. So enjoyed your post - with 4 of my own I totaly understand where you are coming from. But now mine our older and babysitting!! Time flies - love the library bags
    Mary
    Good luck!

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  10. Jay, nice to have you! Will def stop by and say hi.

    Jessica, thanks for the info, I love those books.

    Cute Everything, that is a seriously great idea! I'm going to implement that.

    Joanne, humidity sucks big time! ick, I wouldn't be able to deal.

    Inside a British Mom's Kitchen, SEND YOUR KIDS TO MY HOUSE IMMEDIATLEY!!! ;)

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  11. Love the decorative rocks! Used to make them when I was young ..

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  12. I know exactly what you mean, and I only have two kids. Temperatures in Dubai are around 110F from June til September. But how much time can one spend in the pool. How many art projects, can one do (although I love them, and like you, do most of the work. My kids use paper worth several trees for their paintings. I like your ideas, espcially the painted stones and the puppet theatre.. Will definitely try them over the summer. Thanks for sharing.

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