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D.I.Y. Summer Activities For Kids

Posted by Mike Acerra on

By Emma Helferich

As we head into the peak of summer, kids are getting excited to play outside and have some fun! Here we have gathered three fun and easy, DIY summer activities for kids. 

Sidewalk chalk drawing is always a fun activity for kids. Take it to the next level with this Puffy Sidewalk Paint recipe. With 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water, 1 TBSP of dish soap, and a piece of chalk, you can create hours of outdoor fun.


  1. Mix together the flour, water, and dish soap
  2. Using a cheese grater, grate the sidewalk chalk on the finest setting in the color of your choice
  3. Mix well to combine the color. Add more grated sidewalk chalk in if the color is not bright enough
  4. Pour the mixture into squeeze bottles or a zip-lock bag 

This is an easy way to keep kids entertained throughout the day while also getting them involved with mixing it up in the kitchen! 

After a fun day of playing outside, who wouldn’t want ice cream? In just fifteen minutes you can have your own ice cream ready to eat without leaving your house! Follow these steps to make ice cream in a bag:

  1. In a small, sealable plastic bag, combine 1 cup of half-and-half, 2 TBSP of granulated sugar, and ½ TSP of vanilla
  2. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine ice and salt. Place the small bag inside the bigger bag and shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes, until the ice cream has hardened.
  3. Remove ice cream from the bag and enjoy a cool, tasty treat!!

There’s just something about a covered play area that opens up a kid’s imagination. Creating a fun area for your kids to relax or read a book doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few household supplies you can have a Hula Hoop Tent up in minutes.

What you need:

  • 1 Hula Hoop
  • 1 Shower Curtain & Curtain Rings
  • 1 Long Rope

First, hook each ring, with the shower curtain attached, onto the hula hoop. Next, cut your rope into four equal strands (about 2 feet in length). Then cut one additional fifth strand longer, depending on your ceiling/tree branch height. Finally, Attach one end of each of the four equal-length strands to the hula hoop, spread out evenly around the hoop. Gather the untied ends of the four strands and tie in a big strong knot. Then, tie the extra-long strand to the knot you just created. Hang it on a safe branch or ceiling hook and enjoy days of fun!!

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