From picnics to sunny beach days, summertime is the best opportunity for kids to get outside and be creative.
Summer is filled with activity and whether you like to be out and about enjoying the sun or staying home and getting things done around the house, there are many different DIY projects that you can do to make your summer the best ever.
Heading to the beach and hate to get sand between your toes? You can use baby powder to keep the sand away. While you’re at it, why not learn how to build the perfect sandcastle?
Nothing beats a frozen treat on a hot, sunny afternoon. Have kids that want something cold and yummy? Make delicious and fun popsicles using fresh juice and small paper cups or buy some ice lolly moulds at one of our branches and make delicious treats for the kids.
What can I use instead of ice lolly makers?
Big ice cube trays, clean yoghurt pots, silicone muffin cases, mini baking tins or small paper or plastic cups left over from parties will all work great as lolly moulds.
Gummy Bear Popsicles with Sprite
For this you need some of those ice lolly moulds, some gummy bears and a can of Sprite. These colourful ice pops are sure to be a hit with kids, who will love snacking on the gummy bears as the frozen soda melts away.
Simply make up jelly solutions according to instructions on the packages. Use a few different colours to make it really fun. Pour the solutions into containers (we always keep our small yoghurt containers for these types of activities).
Stick in a paddle pop stick into the middle and place in the freezer overnight!
When they are frozen, pop them out of their containers and take them outside for some deliciously fun play!
Lay down a large sheet of white paper on the ground and weigh down the corners so your “artwork” doesn’t blow away. Then use the jelly ices to “paint” on the paper.
Pool noodles are the epitome of summer fun and even if you don’t have a pool, there are things that you can do with these noodles that will help you to get the most out of your summer months.
The kids can play outdoor noughts and crosses (tic tack toe) by laying four pool noodles over each other and using bean bags or balls to make the Xs and Os. Get 3 in a row and you win!
It’s so hard to keep the kids entertained, especially on days that you just can’t take them to the park or the pool.
How to make Sand Dough
I have seen recipes around for sand dough using mixtures of sand, cornflour, and water, also a great one combining sand with flour, water and white glue to make a no-cook dough that can be used to make gritty sand-like sculptures.
Here is a recipe that is just a little bit different – sand, corn flour and coconut oil
It really is wonderful. It’s lovely and mouldable, forms fantastic shapes AND it smells like you’re on a tropical island whilst playing with it.
To make your very own Tropical Sand Dough you will need:
4 cups of Sand – collect some sand from the beach or use play sand available at Household Plastic)
2 Cups of Corn Flour
1 cup of Coconut Oil
You will also need a large tub to mix and play with your sand dough.
Mix the dry ingredients, add the coconut oil and get your hands dirty squeezing and squelching until you have a soft sand consistency
Then create amazing castles and sculptures.
There is no limit to the number of things that you can do this summer that will make it great. We recommend that you find plenty of DIY projects to fill up your summer months and enjoy!