Summer is winding down and the kiddos are somehow more restless than before. How is that even possible?! Don’t worry though, we’ve made a list of 10 fun activities that you and the fam can do so that everyone is content. Between science combined with arts and crafts, artsy cooking, homemade games, homestyle sports, a wet twist on a classic game, and more crazy fun, the whole family will be happily active!
Fizzy Drip Painting
This art project is next level with a fun element of science. You’ll need a small number of household ingredients, but the outcome is definitely worth it.
This project calls for various colors of food coloring, water, baking soda, white vinegar, a bowl and spoon for each color, some newspaper to put under your projects, and white paper or watercolor paper if accessible.
First, combine baking soda and water into a bowl until the consistency is smooth but thick. This will act as the base coat of the project, so you will need to cover the surface of your paper with the mixture. Wait for it to dry before moving onto the next step (don’t worry, it will dry quickly).
While your canvases are drying, add ½ cup white vinegar to a bowl for each color you would like. For more vibrancy, add a lot of food coloring to each bowl. In each bowl, mix the food coloring and white vinegar together with a spoon. Now you should have an array of paints.
Once your paper is dry, you can take a spoon and drip the paint across, up, down, however you like! Let your hands do the talking. The white vinegar paint will interact with the baking soda base coat, so you’ll hear a cool fizzing sound!
Who doesn’t love the Earth? And who doesn’t love cookies? You’ll need the following ingredients:
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Blue and green food coloring
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. You can then put this off to the side.
Then, in a larger bowl, stir together the butter and sugar until the consistency is smooth. Then mix in the egg and vanilla. Finally, you’re going to gradually stir in the dry ingredients.
Next, take about ¼ of the dough and put it into a separate bowl. Dye this dough with the green food coloring, dropping it and stirring the mixture at the same time so the color is dispersed. Dye the remaining dough blue with the same technique.
Then, take about an inch of blue dough and roll it into a ball. You’re then going to take some smaller pieces of green dough and patch them onto the balls. This will create an Earth effect.
Once you’re done with the balls, place them onto ungreased cookie sheets. Then bake them for 8-10 minutes! Voila, the Earth is at your fingertips. And then your mouth.
Make Your Own Board Game
Everyone loves family game night, but always playing candyland or chutes and ladders gets a little boring. That’s why you’re going to make your own board game! You’ll need a poster board, a set of dice, a ruler or straight edge, and markers, as well as a theme idea that your family will love. Examples of themes could include Harry Potter, Frozen, The Lion King, Trolls…and those are just movie themes! Let your imagination run wild.
You can structure your game’s spaces any way you’d like, whether you’re referring to monopoly’s setup or another board game your family likes. However, make sure each space is the same size! A square inch is an easy and consistent way to size each space. Once you’ve outlined each square with a marker, you can make a start and end. Then, write in the spaces whatever you’d like: dance like a duck, only speak like a robot the rest of the game, be tickled for 30 seconds, anything that’s crazy but fun!
The goal of the game is to get to the end, but you can add any fun twists you want! The opportunities are endless.
Design Your Own Sport
Ask yourselves what type of sport you want to play: does it involve individual effort or teamwork? Do you play on the grass or dirt? Or in the water if accessible?
Inventing a sport is exciting and allows kids to be both creative and competitive (in a friendly way, of course). The name of your sport should be something that reflects your idea but also your family. Sketch out the things you need: balls, goals, bases, etc. How many players are there? What is the objective, and how do you score points? What is the main technique? Making sure that each player contributes is very important.
Design the uniforms, balls, rackets, baskets, and/or any props you need for your sport to be played. Get creative! Make sure the rules are set in stone, and that the idea of the game can be fairly played. Your family game will be unique and fun, and you’ll be able to include everyone equally.
Limbo rules are universal: Shimmy yourself below the bar to stay in. However, with this version, the twist is that the “bar” is actually a hose spray. You’ll need a hose for this one, but that’s really it. Maybe a bathing suit. Have someone hold the hose at a certain height, and then everyone will walk and dip below it. After each round, lower the house slightly and the limbo will get harder. Eventually, someone won’t be able to go below the hose spray and get soaked! Play until everyone has been hit by the water so that everyone is cooled off.
Modern Scavenger Hunt
A more modern take on a scavenger hunt, you capture pictures of things instead of collecting them. Personalize a list of signs, buildings, colors, roads, or anything else near your home or neighborhood. You can split the family into two or three depending on the amount of players, and the first team to get a picture of each item wins!
Design Your Own Shoes
We define ourselves with the accessories and clothes we wear. Designing your own shoes is one way to creatively express your style. You can buy plain white canvas sneakers and fabric markers from Target! Go crazy or simple with your decorations, but these sneakers will be fabulous no matter what. These are the sneakers I decided to make for myself!
Face Paint Fun
Who says face paint is only worn for/at parties and festivities? Face Painting Kits allow for safe wear, and the whole family can join in on the fun! Why not make everyone animals for dinner, or clowns for breakfast? Go crazy!
Drawing with chalk is always a fun family activity! Plus, it washes away with the rain, so you can do it as many times as you’d like. Be creative! Make bustling chalk towns, write a few messages to your neighbors, make a race track or 2D obstacle course…the possibilities are endless.
DIY Henna Tattoos
Henna Tattoo kits are semi-permanent and last for a few weeks, so why not make some cool designs on yourself? You can draw flowers, peace signs, smiley faces, or any other fun tattoo ideas that come to mind!