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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!

Now that school’s out for the summer parents and caregivers are wringing their hands thinking of ways to keep the kids entertained.  Summer vacations and summer camps may keep the kids busy for a few weeks, but sooner or later that too must end.  The kids are back and there’s still more weeks before school begins in the fall.  
Don’t let the summer doldrums set in.  Summer fun isn’t just for kids.  Here are 15 silly activities that kids and adults can enjoy.  So release your inner child, kick off your shoes, let your hair down, and have some silly fun with the kids!

1. Blow amazing
bouncing bubbles.

This project from diyncrafts.com
amaze kids and the young at heart.


2. Romp around an air fort.

Get silly and build an air fort all you need
is a sheet and box fan. Instructions
on how to build your fort can
be found at earlylearning.momtrusted.com


3. Act silly with shaving cream,
shower caps, and cheesepuffs.

Put on shaving cream covered
shower caps and toss Cheetos
at each other with this
fun idea from parents.com.


4. Go fly a kite, make one first.

Get instructions from artsycraftsymom.com
then go out and fly your kite. 

5. Get silly with these wind catchers
made from party streamers.

Get DYI instructions for these
colorful wind catchers from 
Then run around the
neighborhood and start a parade!

6. Make this cool layered drink.

This activity is not only yummy,
it also teaches a lesson in
density.  Learn how to put
one together at pinterest.com

7. Roll around on a giant blob.

Get the directions from
Fun activity for
the neighborhood kids. 

8. Draw temporary tattoos with watercolor crayons.

Get creative with watercolor
crayon tattoos. Instructions
from diycenter.net. 

9. Send someone fun and crazy.

Here are a few things you can mail
that are under 13 ounces: a pair
of flip flops, some sprinkles,
a ball. Check out this Pinterest
board for more ideas.

10. Weave bits of yarn in your hair.

Make your own fashion statement.
Learn how at abeautifulmess.typepad.com

11. Build a sculpture with toothpicks and marshmallows.

Kids can get creative with marshmallows
and toothpicks learn
how from motherhoodonadime.com.

12. Make stamp art on the sand with flip flops.

Stomp around the beach with
these cool flip flops.
You can buy foam stamps
or cut shapes out of
foam and glue them to
the bottom of a pair
of flip flops.  Learn
how at jdaniel4smom.com

13. Throwback Thursday, wear a flower crown.

Learn how to make a
flower crown on pinterest.com

14. Go beachcombing and make a wind chime with objects you find.

Spend the day beachcombing 
then make found items into
a fun wind chime, great souvenir
from that summer vacation.
Learn how on Glazed-over.blogspot.com

15. Let the kids decorate for Independence Day with stars made of sifted flour.

Learn how to cover the
lawn with sifted stars
at pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com.

A couple of years ago when school ended for the summer I handed my grandsons inexpensive cameras I bought at Walmart.  They were tasked with taking photos of all the things they did that summer.  Before school started again in the fall they uploaded their pictures to a photo sharing site, like Shutterfly, and created photobooks using fun borders, stickers, and more.


That year we took a family vacation to Dubai and a Mediterranean Cruise hitting ports in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.  It was interesting to see what they photographed, they saw the world in a totally different perspective.  While the rest of us were busily taking photos of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest building, or the Athens Acropolis, the kids were taking pictures of the camel milk chocolate kiosk at the Dubai Mall or the armor suits in a shop window on Rhodes. 


They had so much fun playing photo journalists.  This activity turned into an annual thing.  They now get their cameras ready before school even ends.  It’s not only a fun activity, the photobooks they make hold wonderful memories we will be re-visiting for years to come.  They can’t wait until this summer’s Med Cruise, I’m sure they’ll find more interesting things to photograph. 


Here are some tips to help your kids get started on this great summer activity.  It’s not just for summer, kids can be photo journalists anytime!


  • Buy an inexpensive digital camera.  You can use disposable ones, but the cost to develop the film and save them on a CD can turn out to be more expensive than buying a digital camera with a memory card.


  •  Create an account at one of the photo sharing sites.


  • If possible have the kids upload photos to the photo sharing site every day or two, otherwise the memory card may run out of space.  It’s also faster to upload smaller amounts of images than uploading the whole card at the end of summer.


  • Let kids take photos of what they find interesting.  You may want to make suggestions, but overall allow them to be creative. 


  • Let kids create their own photobooks.  Allow them to pick themes, stickers, and borders.  You should give them a limit of how many pages their books can have and tell them if they have to limit themselves to the free stickers, themes, and borders, or give them a budget on what they can spend for these enhancements. 


  • Order the photo books when the kids are done creating them.


  • Supervise the photos they are sharing to friends and social networks.  If you are going to allow them to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, etc. make sure the GPS on the device is off so shared photos don’t identify your children's locations.


  • If you prefer they can create posters or collages instead of a photobook.


  • An alternative to photobooks are scrapbooks, you can download and print pages, stickers, or borders to enhance the scrapbooks.
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