This post contains affiliate links and/or images. I live in the south and this summer has been unusually humid! I am not kidding when I tell you it will make your mascara run! My kids are nerds, so if given the choice, they will stay inside and play video games, watch Netflix or listen to music. I am OK with that since it has been so beastly hot. When it gets closer to dinner time, they get a little restless and bored and want to venture outside. Because it is still pretty hot at that time, I keep a jar filled with fun ways to beat the heat for them. This saves me the trouble of hearing them say they are bored and cannot think of anything to do! You can grab the tutorial for my cheap and easy to make Summer Boredom Jar and make one for yourself!
5 Fun Ways For Kids To Beat The Heat
- Water Gun Marco Polo: I think this is a brilliant twist on having a water gun fight. We have a hilly and uneven yard, making it impossible to have a pool in the yard. The kids can play Marco Polo without the pool! Blindfold the person with the gun and they will say “Marco” while the other kids say “Polo” and the gunman shoots at them! The first one hit is “It.”
- Body Painting: Put the kids in their bathing suits and hand them finger paints. Let them paint each other and rinse off with the hose or sprinkler after!
- Bobbing For Apples: This popular game is usually played in the fall, but why wait? Fill a large container with cold water and apples and let the kids go crazy trying to catch that elusive apple!
- Water Slide: Get out the tarp and the hose and make your own water slide. We have hills in our yard to make this especially fun!
- Water Sponge Bombs: These are super easy to make (the kids made ours, so it doubled as an indoor activity) and more fun than water balloons. My kids get so frustrated filling water balloons, don’t yours?
The kids have had the most fun with these water sponge bombs this summer! I really feel neglectful I didn’t post this easier! As I said, they are easy to make and because we found the sponges at the Dollar Tree, the whole thing cost less than $10 to make a bucketful of them. Here are the instructions:
DIY Water Sponge Bombs
What you will need:
Twine, rubber bands, hair ties or crochet string
How to make them:
Cut 3 sponges into thirds, lengthwise. Stack the 9 pieces and pinch them in the center together. Wrap or tie as tightly as you can around the middle and shape them into a ball. Repeat for as many water sponge bombs as you like. We made a dozen.
Next, you just fill a bucket with water and let the kids have a Water Sponge Bomb fight! My kids played with these for hours at a time. I love this was so cheap and easy and had such a high enjoyment factor! This was a total win-win for the whole family! We had a boys against the girls fight and sadly, Henry and my husband beat the crap out of Caitlin and I! But hey, we got wet and had a blast! After we dried off, we treated ourselves to some of my M&M Red Velvet Brownies!
What fun ways to beat the heat do you and your family participate in?
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