This DIY chalk paint is easy to make and easy to clean up. You need one or two muffin tins, paint brushes (you can get these at your local dollar store) cornstarch, water, and food coloring. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups of water. Mix it all together and divide into muffin tins. Once divided you can add food coloring. Kids can practice painting their ABC’s, numbers, shapes, words, names, etc….. Get creative!
Water scrabble is a great activity for you to play with your kids. You need sponges, scissors, and a sharpie marker. Cut up the sponges and write one letter on each piece of sponge. When you are finished with the sponges, throw them in the water (small pool, large pool, or a tub) and ask your kids to retrieve each letter one by one. When all the sponges have been retrieved, ask your kids to make a word using the sponges (which would be on dry land). If your kids are younger, you can ask them to say what the letters are on each sponge.
This activity is simple to create and very inexpensive. You will need two milk jugs, tape/markers/paint for decoration, and a ball (doesn’t matter what kind). During this activity, your kids will improve their hand-eye coordination and bilateral coordination. You can play with the jug catchers outside or in the water. Get creative and have fun!
Do you have tin cans lying around the kitchen? Keep them! There are so many fun activities kids can do using tin cans. This is a very inexpensive and hands on way to encourage your kids to be creative this summer. Reusing left over items from the kitchen/house is a great way to teach your kids about recycling cardboard, glass, plastic, etc…. Have fun!
Get your kids moving this summer by creating a chalk obstacle course on your driveway or side walk. You can create this however you like. Some examples are touch your toes, stomp, twirl around, jump like a frog, etc…. If you have younger kids, you might have to give verbal directions for each action. Get creative:)