Summer is here! When the excitement of summer gives way to long days with nothing to do, you’ll be so happy to have this list of boredom busters including water play, crafts, games, and more!
And bonus… all of these make terrific activities the entire family can enjoy together!
Grab a friend and a couple of buckets — each person kneels in front of a bucket filled to the top with water. The object of the game is to hurl the sponge bombs into each other’s buckets! You WILL get wet!!! Via innerchildfun.com.
What a cute, and easy-peasy, DIY project. Via lilluna.com.
Easy to make from items you probably have on hand. Via housingaforest.com.
Plan an evening of fun! Put together a drive-in movie party. Via partiesandholidays.blogspot.com.
Most children love squirt bottles. This squirt bottle paint has a fun, magic feature. Via growingajeweledrose.com.
Here’s a great summertime or camp craft your kids can really use. Decorate a walking stick and take it with you on fun hikes in the woods or on the nature trails. Taking a hike is also a fun activity. Find a trail here. Via craftsbyamanda.com.
A fun game for the whole family. This will be a hit while camping, at a picnic or entertaining at the house. Via mycomputerismycanvas.blogspot.com.
Summer is the perfect season for engaging children in creative, messy art. Soap foam prints are incredibly vibrant and have a really cool texture and pattern plus very fun! Via firefliesandmudpies.com.
Here is a very easy and inexpensive way to bring tremendous fun to your summer this year! Make a Giant Water Bed for the kids to play- you won’t believe how much joy they will get from this project. Via myfrugaladventures.com.
Your children will have a ball treasure hunting and staying cool in the process. Via brandon.macaronikid.com.
Check out this fun craft idea! Make your own ladybug and bumble bee tic-tac-toe board. So much fun to make and play! Via chickenscratchny.com.
Make your own water wall out of recyclables! Fun, fun, fun! Via thingstoshareandremember.com.
These cute little spiders are sure to help combat summer boredom. Via thecountrychiccottage.net.
This DIY kiddie car wash is absolutely perfect for summer outdoor fun, easy to build, and something the kiddos absolutely LOVE! Via momendeavors.com.
Pool noodles make for great summer fun. This activity is perfect for summertime when pool noodles can be found at just about every store–but you don’t need a swimming pool for this activity. Anyone can do it, and your kids will love it. Via myhomespunthreads.blogspot.com.’
This is so simple, yet so perfect!! Racing colorful balloons filled with water… If you drop a balloon, you’ll instantly feel a bit cooler! Via twoshadesofpink.blogspot.com.
This colorful milk jug catcher will be a great craft project and hours of fun. Via lakeshorelearning.com.
Ice bowling is a simple twist on the traditional game, and it’s perfect for hot summer days! Via learnplayimagine.com.
This is a great way to get the children outside and enjoying nature! Via thetaylor-house.com.
Great fun and great exercise. Via downhomeinspiration.com.
Geocaching is the real-world adventure that’s happening right now, all around you. Watch this video to learn more about what geocaching is, how it works and how you can become a part of it. Via Geocaching.
Yarn and tape a hallway to create a field of lasers to avoid! Via myhomelifemag.com.
Making a fort is one of the best experiences a kid can have, but a great fort can’t just be thrown together — it must be thoughtfully constructed for maximum fun. Via care.com.
Balloons and simple paddles tons of fun. Via everneveragain.blogspot.com.
Looking for a fun twist on an evening in with the kids? Love the crash of knocking down pins, but not the questionable fashion of rental shoes? Try glow-in-the-dark nighttime bowling at home. Via mykidsadventures.com.
Cooling and fun! Via milkallergymom.com.
Nothing says summer like a picnic! Pack everyone up and go to a nearby beach, park, meadow or stream. Or picnic in your own backyard. Your food doesn’t have to be fancy – just enjoy your time together. Get recipe ideas here. Photo via thebeehivecottage.blogspot.com.