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TykeMart bloggers are always looking for fun crafts and activities to do with their kids.  They share easy DIY projects and activities that are fun for the whole family.  Learn how to make a jar terrarium or cool bouncing bubbles.  Ideas and tips to keep your child active and entertained for little or no cost.

Members  share their tips and ideas too!

The 4th. Of July brings parades, picnics, barbecues, baseball, and fireworks, it also means the kids have been out of school for over a month; often times the boredom has set in and parents are tired of hearing the familiar lament, “I’m bored!  There’s nothing to do!”

For some Independence Day marks the beginning of that long anticipated family vacation, for others it marks the beginning of the back to school count down.  Those parents are scratching their heads wondering how best to keep the kids amused until school starts, which thankfully in many areas starts sometime in August. 

Before you lose your mind looking for budget friendly activities for the kids here are a dozen more ideas.  Read on to save your sanity; many of these ideas are done with things you may already have in the house, others may require the purchase of some materials that shouldn’t cost more than $10.



1. Leftover bubble wrap can be a fun way for kids, and adults to make original paintings.


Unleash the inner artist in a fun way with this great idea from messforless.com.  Great way to reuse that bubble wrap you have stashed away in the closet. 


2. DIY a target tarp.

All you need are Tarp, rope, scissors, marker, tape and you’re ready to play ball.  Instructions at gurutotheoutdoors.com


3. Super fun balloon rockets are fun and educational.


Kids have a blast while learning the basics of action and reaction with this project from discoverexplorelearn.com.


4. Bowling with marbles and pencil erasers.



Easy and inexpensive to make this addictive game from frugalfun4boys.com will keep kids busy for hours.

5. Teach kids about colors, shapes, counting, and more play “Escape the Volcano”.

Print out  templates from toddlerapproved.com and start playing.



6. The Popcorn Olympics, all you need is popcorn.



Find a list of popcorn games, like “straw blow” and “distance throw,” at  oneshetwoshe.com to keep kids of all ages entertained.

7. Play Balloon Ping Pong all you need are Paper plates, popsicle sticks, and a balloon


Get DIY instructions for this fun game at keepingitsimplecrafts.com.  You might want to move breakables!


8. Painter’s tape and newspaper are all that’s needed for this “Sticky Spiderweb” game.


This Halloween activity from handsonaswegrow.com works for summer time too. 


9. Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from stuff you have around your home.


Housingaforest.com will show you how to make this cool bubble maker.


10. Make a cool giant bubble wand.


Fun for the whole family, find out how to make giant bubbles with this DIY bubble wand at funcraftskids.com.

11. Play Doh filled balloons make an interesting new sensory experience.


Find out how to make these fun and interesting toys at playcreateexplore.org.


12. Pool noodles make a fun marble track.


There’s a tutorial about making your own marble track on myhomespunthreads.blogspot.com.

School’s out, summer is officially here.  We’re heading to Europe with the kids and grandkids in a couple of weeks, but when we get home there will still be another month before school begins again.

It’s going to be a long month!  The kids will be restless and complaining that they’re bored.  I find the last weeks the most challenging time of summer, when kids are not quite ready to go back to school, yet the initial excitement of summertime has waned.

Here are a 7 ideas to keep kids busy and entertained until it’s back to school time.

Haul out the old Slip n’ Slide, or buy a new one.  Or just use your lawn sprinkler.  Invite the neighbors over for a splashing good time. Grab a ball and head to the basketball court for a pickup game with the neighborhood kids.

Spend the day at the beach, if it’s not too far from home.  Kids can look for snails, fish, and other little sea creatures in the tide pools, sand board down the sand dunes, or build sandcastles.  Don’t forget the beach toys!  

Go fishing at a nearby lake or stream


Spend a weekday at a fun park.  Buy a day pass to ride and play all day.  Encourage your budding artist, set out paints, markers, and paper.  The next Picasso might be living right under your






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