Summer Fun!To kick off the summer of 2012 we have been trying some fun crafts and activities with the kiddos. A few that we have tried are painting a monster mural, water balloon fight, ice tray lunches and last but not least sidewalk chalk.
This was one of the kids favorite activities, and it was super easy to set up! the only supplies necessary were:
-a variety of sponges (any kind will do, we went to the dollar store and bought a variety pack for $1.00)
-a white sheet/table cloth (we used a plastic table cloth because it's easy to clean and reuse)
-paint (tempera paint worked really well for us)
The process is quite simple all you do is hang the canvas (we hung ours outside to avoid mess). Pour the paint onto a plate and set out some sponges, and get ready to have TONS of fun!
We tried a few different techniques of painting. we started out throwing our sponges at the canvas...that was a blast but eventually we decided to get closer and press the sponges on the canvas.
Water Balloon Fight
This is an especially good activity to do with boys, but girls also seemed to enjoy it. water balloon games are some of the funnest to play on a hot summer day!
The only supplies you need for this activity are:
-water balloons (can be purchased just about anywhere, we got ours at Dollar General)
-ice chest (this isn't necessary but it is nice to have to keep your balloons from rolling away)
We had a few ideas of ways to make the water balloons last longer. I will list a few of my favorites:
-give everyone 1 balloon to throw and throwing them all at the same time
- have everyone throw their balloon at the same person.
Ice Tray Lunch
The kids thought this was WAY COOL! They asked if we could eat lunch like this everyday. We were kinda nervous we wouldn't have enough small foods to fill the spots, but once we got started it was super easy.
We used cheese, pepperonis, pretzel sticks, grapes, strawberries, marshmallows, fruit gummies, teddy grahams, fruit loops, and yogurt. We also used a variety of sauces to dip the food into such as marinara sauce, cool-whip, and peanut butter.
Sidewalk chalk is a classic activity that my family has done ever since I was a little girl. I remember every summer spending the whole day outside coloring. Chalk is a great way to get kids to use their imagination and be creative, and it is extremely entertaining!