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Mommy Quick Tips | 5 Favorite Summer Day Activities for Around the House

Whoa – it got HOT. Every summer spring the 100+ degree days seem to sneak up on me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat. Seriously. But when it’s beautiful 70’s in the morning with afternoon highs in the 90’s, I feel like I live in the best weather in the world.

So when this week hit 108 – yikes! I began searching the cobwebs of my brain for some of our favorite ways to keep cool.  These are some {hopefully} easy summer day activities for when you don’t feel like loading up the car and venturing out into the heat.

1. Slide + baby pool = fun.  Really, any slide and baby pool.  We have a little tikes mini-climber set with a 2 ft long little slide and my almost 7 year old thinks its a blast and I picked up a blowup baby pool for $10 at Target.  I love this because all the girls – ages 2 to almost 7 can play and I don’t have to worry about being in the pool too.

2. Pudding paint.  Make your own pudding or pick up some pre-made containers…either way, the kids love it.  They can paint each other, the ground, the walls, and it all just washes away.  And the part my girls like most – licking their fingers.

3. Water balloons.  This long-time game from my childhood is still as big of a hit as it was when I was little.  My girls would play water balloon games every day if I would let them.  Don’t have a backyard worthy of play?  Take a cooler of them to your nearest park and have at it!  Also, I usually throw in some spray bottles of water as well 🙂

4. Summer Bridge Books.  So some kids might not find this so fun, but my girls love their summer bridge workbooks.  We order these (appropriate by age/grade) and I get a special coloring book for my 2 year old.  This is going to be our third summer using these books.  I love them because they are basic, the are fun, and they only have 2 pages of activities per day.  Enough to keep things fresh but not too much to feel like they are always doing school.

5. Crafts.  Ok, so this is a little broad but here’s how I tackle summer crafts.  I would love to say that I have a pinterest board full of crafts (I do) and the supplies on hand (I don’t) to make them all and each and every day I have a craft scheduled.  But I’ve accepted that that’s just not realistic for my house.  So, my summer craft supply usually comes from JoAnn’s and Michael’s and consists of many of their pre-made kits. However, I do try to throw a few pinterest worthy crafts into the mix.  Whatever your style, summer and crafts just seem to go hand-in-hand!

One last quick tip that has saved me MANY times – I keep extra swim suits in the center console of my car.  You never know when you think you’re just going to be out and end up needing them, whether it be running into friends and going for a swim or a splash pad that’s just to fun to resist!

What are your favorite summer day activities??

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2 Responses to Mommy Quick Tips | 5 Favorite Summer Day Activities for Around the House

  1. Luisa May 23, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Love love love the idea of the slide into the baby pool. Going to try it this weekend with my 18 month old as the indoor play areas at the mall are getting old…already.

  2. MarisaS May 25, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I also love the pool & slide idea. I went out and bought the exact pool the same day of this posting and the boys have been enjoying it since that afternoon. Thanks!!

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