Sunday, May 31, 2015

Things to Do Over the Summer...or How to Keep My Son From Going Crazy

I have a very active ten-year-old boy. This Oklahoma summer so far has not been very kind to outdoor activities because of the non-stop rain. And with rain brings the mosquitoes! SoI have been looking for ideas to keep my son’s active mind and very active hands busy.

Wow! How many more times can I use the word active? (Just did).

Here are some fun indoor and outdoor ideas for summer! Because I know I need to keep outdoor ideas in my pocket since this rain will stop someday. 

Before I start I would like to share a recipe for homemade and natural bug repellent. We tried it and it works for us! 

 Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water. Shake. Ready to use.

Now let's dive into some summer fun...

Minion finger puppets!! I have some of un-used cleaning gloves and a Sharpie so we are good to go on making these. You can find the directions at Paging Fun Mums. They even made a video showing you how to make these. My son loves puppets and now he will have five. :) 

Photo from Paging Fun Mums

Soda Bottle Boats. We have puddles everywhere so we might as well make use of them!
This simple and creative idea comes from The Pinterested Parent web site. 
You can use any size plastic bottle, and add straw and foam pieces. I like the creative touch of adding the googly eyes, too! 

Water Bottle Wind Spirals. These look beautiful flowing in the wind! And what another great way to recycle! You use colored Sharpies on clear empty water bottles to make a prism like-look. You can find more details about it HERE.

Picture from Happy Hooligans

Do-It-Yourself Water Blob! I have seen these on YouTube using a giant water balloon or a water blob bought from online. Now I know how to make my own! Ninja mom moves! Learn how to make your own at Clumsy Crafter. 

This is as easy as it gets! You buy heavy plastic sheeting and duct tape from the hardware store then use your water hose to fill it. Clumsy Crafter has a good idea about adding food coloring, glitter or soft things like gummy fish. She also suggests this is great to explain waves and motion to your kiddos. And it cools you down. Ahhhh...

Photo from UCreate

And before I sign off on this lovely Sunday, I ran across this poem that reminded me to appreciate my ACTIVE little boy!

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