50 Things to Occupy The Kids this Summer

Summer vacation doesn’t have to equal boredom. Here are 50 fun ideas to help occupy the kids this summer.

Summer vacation doesn't have to equal boredom. Here are 50 fun ideas to help occupy the kids this summer.

Summer vacation is nearly upon us.  Here are some ideas that I came up with to help occupy kids throughout July and August!  (Or when ever they’re looking for something to do!)  Most of the ideas are free or nearly free!

  1. Make Fudgesicles or popsicles
  2. Wash the car(s)
  3. Run through the sprinklers
  4. Have a picnic in the park
  5. Backyard camping
  6. Outdoor movie nights. If you don’t have a free movie night in your area, make your own.
  7. Make giant bubbles
  8. Go on a hike
  9. Create your own treasure hunt
  10. Have a side walk chalk contest
  11. Create your own puppet show
  12. Use a Slip and Slide
  13. Have a library day.  Get books or take part in story time!
  14. Go fly a kite
  15. Play with animals at your local SPCA. Some are willing to have you walk the dogs.
  16. Make your own play dough or Slime.
  17. Go for a bike ride
  18. Stargaze
  19. Collect bugs
  20. Have a lemonade stand
  21. Tie dye some shirts
  22. Paint rocks
  23. Build a fort or tree house
  24. Write a pen pal
  25. Have a pillow fight
  26. Attend free concerts in the park
  27. Wake up early to watch the sunrise
  28. Do one of the activities in the Summer Bucket of Fun
  29. Try geocaching
  30. Have a craft day
  31. Start a journal
  32. Feed the ducks
  33. Do some face painting with the neighbor kids
  34. Bake and decorate cookies
  35. Have a movie night
  36. Teach your kids how to budget
  37. Visit a local farm
  38. Go fishing
  39. Take a walking tour of your town
  40. Play board games
  41. Make and decorate paper mache masks
  42. Learn to skip rocks
  43. Make S’Mores
  44. Play tennis
  45. Build paper boats to race down the street when it rains
  46. Visit the swimming pool
  47. Go on a nature walk
  48. Create a vegetable garden (I used to love having my own corner of my Mom’s garden to grow my own things!)
  49. Visit the zoo
  50. Finger paint

What else do your kids like to do?  What are your favourite boredom busting ideas?

Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes even by beginners and deliciously scented! #bathbombs #diybeauty
Bath bombs are easy to make and are always well received as gifts. They’re made of ingredients that will make your bath water fizz and smell delicious by releasing essential oils. These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes even by beginners. They’re also the perfect size for putting into organza bags to give as gifts over the holidays.

INGREDIENTS: 
1 C. baking soda
1/2 C. citric acid
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Green food coloring
A few drops of essential oil
Spritz of water, as needed
Silicone Christmas Tree mold

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine the baking soda and citric acid.
  2. Add in the coconut oil and then the water a little bit at a time and combine to mix using your hands. You want it slightly dense but not soaked through.
  3. Add in several drops of green food coloring and use your hand to thoroughly mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the Christmas Tree mold filling each cavity about halfway. Use your fingers to press down.
  5. Spoon the remaining mixture evenly into the cavities and continue to press down.
  6. Set the Christmas Tree bath bombs in a cool/dry spot for 24 hours to allow them to set.

These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes even by beginners and deliciously scented! #bathbombs #diybeauty

*Makes 6 Christmas Tree Bath Bombs/Fizzys

To use them, just drop a bath bomb into your warm bath water. Watch as it fizzes and dissolves before your eyes while releasing the essential oil.

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

This Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub is a simple and delicious smelling DIY for yourself or a gift idea for the holidays! 

My daughter and I had fun over the weekend whipping up some delicious smelling pumpkin pie sugar scrub! It was such a fun and easy activity to do together. Then of course, once we were finished, we had to try it out! Our skin was oh so soft afterwards.

Want to pamper yourself? Here’s how you can quickly make a batch of Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub. Double up to gift a friend!

This Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub is a simple and delicious smelling DIY for yourself or gift idea for the holidays!

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

– 1 cup of white sugar
– ¾ cup of coconut oil (cold pressed, virgin coconut oil is excellent)
– 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie seasoning
– 1 teaspoon of brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a bowl, mix the coconut oil and white sugar. Simply mash it together with a spoon until mixed.
2. Add in the pumpkin pie seasoning and continue to mash.
3. You can now add in the brown sugar. Mix well. If you feel like your scrub is too dry, you can add a small dab of coconut oil to add some moisture.
4. Spoon the pumpkin pie sugar scrub into a glass jar and sprinkle the top with additional brown sugar. This not only adds a little more “scrub” to the scrub but makes it sparkle.
5. Cover with an air tight lid and store in a cool place for up to one week.
6. To use your pumpkin pie sugar scrub, simply apply to wet skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and repeat if necessary.

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This Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub is a simple and delicious smelling DIY for yourself or gift idea for the holidays!

7 Creative Uses for Egg Cartons

Doesn’t it seem as though everyone has an abundance of egg cartons around the home? The typical family can easily go through a dozen eggs in a week, leaving you with an empty carton to recycle. But before you give that old egg carton the heave ho, take a look below at 7 creative uses for egg cartons that you can try! You may never look at egg cartons the same way again.

7 Creative Uses for Egg Cartons

Creative uses for egg cartons. These creative ideas for reusing egg cartons will have you saving all your empty cartons!

1. Make seed starters.

Poke a hole in the bottom of each compartment, fill with soil, and add a seed. They are the perfect seed starters! If you use cardboard egg cartons, the cups can be planted directly in the ground when ready.

2. Sort office supplies.

Cut away the bottom half of the egg carton and use it to sort office supplies. The little cups are great for storing safety pins, paper clips, push pins and more.

3. Add them to sensory tables.

Cut the compartment into tiny cups and add them to sensory tables for kids to use as cups and pouring devices. They also work great in kiddie pools and sandboxes.

4. Sort your jewelry.

Cut the compartment half and use it to keep jewelry sorted. It is great for holding small pieces (such as earrings) and keeps them from becoming lost or damaged.

5. Make suet balls.

Mix some birdseed and bacon grease into a mixing bowl and spoon into the compartments. Press it in and freeze until solid. Pop the suet balls out and place outside for birds to dine on. They will love them.

6. Craft a sorting game.

Give children a variety of colored chips, marbles, or scraps of paper and allow them to sort the colors into the various compartments. You can also have them sort according to size or shape if you wish.

7. Save them for packaging cushion.

Foam egg cartons are great for storing breakable items such as holiday ornaments. You can also place the entire cartons in between valuables (for example plates, china, and other breakables) when packing.

Bonus:  Use them to make egg carton flowers!  This is fun for the kids and you!  Take a look at all these great ideas I found on Pinterest!

Did you ever think an old egg carton could be so valuable? Give these tips a try for breathing a new life into your empty egg cartons and see how great they can be. Chances are, you won’t need to go any further than your own recycling bin. 🙂

How do you like to reuse your empty egg cartons? Let me know in the comments below!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Curried Lentil Soup in Jars

After seeing the Curried Lentil Soup in jars my friend Leslie over at DefinitelyNotMartha.com put together for gifts, I knew I had to do it too! I think they’re perfect for spur of the moment gifts as well as a good idea for teacher gifts. I especially like the fact that the recipient only has to add water and the contents of the jar to enjoy!

I made up these quick labels for the jars if you’d like to use them when you put together the jars.