As school prepares to let out for the summer, parents are bracing themselves for a never-ending chorus of “I’m bored!”
A number of Michiana organizations offer summer camps for children of various ages.
Of course, camp doesn’t last all summer. For the rainy days and down time between activities, here are a few inexpensive activities using household items to keep children busy when boredom hits.
- Make balloon rockets. You can use this simple activity as a lesson in action and reaction, or just race the rockets.
- Set up a spy obstacle course. Red string taped at different angles across a hallway makes a great “laser” obstacle course for your James Bond-in-training.
- Racing marbles. A pool noodle sliced in half and placed on the stairs makes a great race track for marbles.
- Make a soap cloud. Have you ever put a bar of soap in the microwave? Try it! Afterwards, you can use cookie cutters and food coloring to make colorful soap shapes for kids to play with in the bath.
- Play a game of balloon ping pong. Make paddles out of paper plates with popsicle stick handles and let the kids hit a balloon back and forth.
- Make a sugar writing tray. Little ones just learning to write can use this tray to practice penmanship...or just doodle.
- Head outside and make rainbow bubble snakes. A water bottle, old sock and some duct tape make a new way to make bubbles.
- Make giant bubbles. You can make giant bubble wands from two dowels, some string and a washer. And you can find homemade bubble soap recipes on Pinterest.
- Alien bubbles. If regular bubbles are too boring, use dry ice and bubble solution to make these “alien bubbles” that disappear with a puff of smoke.
- Brighten up your sidewalks with exploding chalk paint. Fill plastic baggies with this chalk paint recipe using vinegar and baking soda. Kids will love watching the bags pop and creating a tie-dye effect on the sidewalk.
Are the kids still bored? Check out this Buzzfeed list for even more inexpensive summer activities.