Summer Fun Guide- Keep Your Kids Cool, Having Fun, and Exploring the World

Recycled Robot Recycled Robot

This cute Robot is made from all recycled materials.  Kids love to make these and they look great as a fun room decoration.

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Easy Wind Mobile to Make Easy Wind Mobile to Make

This is a fun project for a Summer day or for a group of kids for a camp project.  Made from a twig, string and Metal washers, it is also an inexpensive project.  Fun to watch in the breeze!

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Birdhouse or BirdFeeder from Milk Carton Birdhouse or BirdFeeder from Milk Carton

Make a milk carton into a Birdhouse or a BirdFeeder.  The size of the opening will determine if it is suitable for a feeder or house.  This is an easy craft for kids.

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Make Fossil Prints from Kitchen Ingredients Make Fossil Prints from Kitchen Ingredients

This is a Fun Fossil Making activity that kids have a great time doing.  Half of the fun is collecting the nature things to make into fossils.

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Make Giant Bubbles - Solution and How To Make Giant Bubbles - Solution and How To

Easy directions for making Giant Bubbles.  Kids can make these easy giant bubble blowers and then create the biggest bubbles ever.  A fun summer day activity.  Fun for parents too!

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Bean Bag Toss Game to Make Bean Bag Toss Game to Make

Make this fun and easy Bean Bag toss game from a box and some mismatched socks.  Kids love to play this game and parents can play too.

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Fun Bowling Set Fun Bowling Set

Make this fun, colorful & inexpensive bowling set with your child.  This will provide a fun do-together activity, exercise and a real sense of accomplishment for your child.

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Octopus Tag - A fun Outdoor Game Octopus Tag - A fun Outdoor Game

If you've never played Octopus Tag, now is the time to try this fun outdoor game.   It can be played by all ages and even the adults can have fun.  A great family game.

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Turtle Hop Turtle Hop "chalk & pavement" game

A fun variation of the Hop Scotch game.  All the kids need is some chalk to have some outdoor fun with this Turtle hopping game.  "Safe" areas make this an easy game for preschool kids to play while they get some exercise and fresh air.

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Fun Relay Race for Kids Fun Relay Races

Kids like to do silly things and most kids like a races. Set up an area of your yard with a start and finish (use a jump rope or other item to show the lines) and give the kids a sppon and egg to carry to the other side or make them have to put on 1 item of clothing on top of their clothes before they run to the other side. Use what you have but make the races fun and silly and watch your kids play over and over again.

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Puppet Theatre - Easy to Make Puppet Theatre - Easy to Make

This is a really simple-to-make Puppet Theatre.  Make it from a large cardboard box or an inexpensive Foam display board from an office supply store.  Foldable and guaranteed to provide hours of fun for the kids.

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Stick Puppet Theatre Stick Puppet Theatre

Make these fun little animals and have your own Stick Puppet theatre.   Easy to make Preschool craft and activity.

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Totem Pole from Recycled Materials Totem Pole from Recycled Materials

This is a great Family project.  Make this fun Totem Pole from discarded plastic containers and some paint.  Colorful Garden project for the whole family.

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Make Your Own Band Instruments Make Your Own Band Instruments from Recycled Containers

Kids love to make music (ok-sound). So why not make them instruments and let them put on a performance. Use recycled containers w/ lids and add beans, rice or corn kernels and seal tops. Coffee Creamer or Plastic Milk Containers work well. Use a large water jug or other conatiner to make drums by pushing in the top to make it flat. Kids can bang them with their hands or use plastic spoons.

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Bubble Wrap Art Bubble Wrap Art Project

Kids Love to Paint and do Art Projects. Let them cut out bubble wrap and glue it to a drawing page and then paint it! It is a fun, tactile and creative experience.

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Ice Art Ice Art- Draw Pictures w/ Water

Kids Love Water! Give your kids ice cubes or other frozen shaped cubes and let them play with it on the sidewalk. It melts when it touches the warm ground and they can move it around. Or Give them Paint Brushes & a Small Bucket of Water and watch them paint with water. When it dries they can paint some more. No mess for mom and fun for the kids.

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Sprinkler Fun for Kids Turn on the Fun- Time for the Sprinkler or Spray Bottle Paintings

Kids love playing in a sprinkler. Get the kids in their bathing suits and try on a sprinkler for an afternoon of fun. If you want to conserve water or need another water activity- fill up a few spray bottles ($1-4 at stores) with water and let your kids make water paintings or spray each other.

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Water Balloon Pinata Water Balloon Pinata

This Water Balloon pinata is a fun way to cool off on a hot summer day.  The kids love this and it gets them up and moving.  Just be sure to only use a plastic bat for swinging at the pinata.

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Make a Milk Carton Boat Make a Milk Carton Boat

These cute boats are a fun and easy summer project even for a group of kids.  The basic materials are a discarded milk carton, straw and napkin. 

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Look & Find:  DRIVING Look & Find: DRIVING

Print this Look & Find sheet before you hop in the car next time.  This travel game will keep the kids occupied for a while.  Free preschool travel activity.

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Beach Visit the Beach or a Lake

Kids Love the Beach. If you live within a few hours of the beach- Plan a Day at the Beach. If you do not live near a beach head to a nearby Lake. Bring kids sand toys, swimming gear and let them look for shells. Days at the beach make memories we keep forever.

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Zoo Visit a Nearby Zoo

Take your kids to a nearby Zoo to see the animals and enjoy the sights. Zoos have so much to look at and you have so many opportunities to teach your kids about the animals, different habitats and just enjoy the day.

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Nature walk Go to a Nearby National or State Park and go on a Nature Walk

Get Your Family out of the house and into Nature. Forget about the hectic schedules and just go have fun. Nature Walks or Hikes are great- kids get to run around, explore their worlds, watch the wildlife and breathe in some fresh air.

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Petting Zoo or Farm Visit a Petting Zoo or Farm

Take your family to a Petting Zoo or Local Farm. Kids love seeing and touching the animals up close and running around. You can also tell your kids what products each animal makes (milk, eggs, and so on). Pack a lunch and make it an adventure.

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Go Strawberry Picking Go Strawberry or Apple Picking

Go to a Local Farm and Pick Your Own- Strawberries, Blackberries, or other seasonal food. Find a local farm that allows you to go pick the fruit or vegetable you want and charge by the quart or bushel. It is lots of fun for the family and provides an opportunity to teach kids about growing food, and where food comes from.

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Fruit Kabobs Make Your Own Fruit and Veggie Kabobs

Cut up different Fruit, Veggies, Cheese, and Bread and let your kids make their own No Cook Kabobs. This is a perfect lunch or snack for kids outside or in. Give them safe bamboo spears, forks or toothpicks. You will have all of your kids eating their veggies and having fun.

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Pizza Faces for Kids Whole Wheat Mini Pizza Faces

Give Kids a few bite sized pizza crusts (dough-uncooked) and put out different fun and heatlhy food options. Let them make fun faces on their personal pizzas. A few topping options are: lowfat cheese, olives, tomatoes, peppers, turkey or chicken. Cook and serve with a salad.

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5 Minute No Fuss Mini Fruit Pies 5 Minute No Fuss Mini Fruit Pies

Make a delicious fruit snack or dessert for your kids in less than 5 minutes.  No mixing, no cooking and super healthy! These blueberry pies are easy to assemble and serve using whole wheat bread and berries.

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Make Your Own Trail Mix Snack Make Your Own Trail Mix Snack

Make a healthy and fun snack kids will love.  Place healthy cereals, nuts, dried fruits and dark chocolate chips in small bowls and let your kids scoop their favorite mixture into a snack size baggie for a great snack that is easy to take on the go or outback.  A great way to encourage a healthy snack and fun at the same time.

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No-Guilt, No-Mess Microwavable Crispy Potato Chips No-Guilt, No-Mess Microwavable Crispy Potato Chips

Do you or your kids love potato chips but you know most of the chips you buy are full of fat and loaded with calories or even the baked chips are filled with other ingredients?

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Kids Can Make Ice Cream in A Bag in 5 Minutes Kids Can Make Ice Cream in A Bag in 5 Minutes

With just a few ingredients and a little shaking, kids can make their own ice cream.  This is a great group project and one that is always fun and amazing!

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Shell or Rock Collection Make a Rock or Shell Collection

Kids Love to Collect Things. Give them a bagf or Bucket and send them outside to find their favorite Rocks or Shells. Kids love to find unusual things. Give them some ideas that will make a great collection. Find rocks you like or find round, smooth rocks or rocks of a similar color or shells you like. When they bring back their finds you can let them proudly display them in their room.

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Fun Stick Art to Make with Nature Materials and Art Supplies Fun Stick Art to Make with Nature Materials and Art Supplies

This fun activity involves getting kids outdoors to collect little twigs and other treasures.   Combined with simple art supplies kids can then create a Nature masterpiece.

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Frog Prince Rock Buddy Frog Prince Rock Buddy

Make a whole gang of these cute critters with just rocks and foam.  This is an easy preschool craft that both boys and girls will enjoy.  Make the Frog Princess to go with the Frog Prince.

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Storywriting Blank Page Storywriting Blank Page

Summer is a time of Fun but it is important to keep kids reading (or learning to read) and using their new skills. If your kids cannot write yet- let them color a picture and tell you a story.
Print this "ready to write" page to encourage your child to write a story and draw a fun picture to go with his story.  This should be his idea and his color choices... to really encourage creativity.

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Make a String of Stars 4th of July Garland Make a String of Stars 4th of July Garland

Kids will love making this string of Stars to hang outside for a picnic or get-together.  This is a great preschool craft for the 4th of July.

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Uncle Sam Hat to Make for 4th of July Uncle Sam Hat to Make for 4th of July

Here is an easy 4th of July craft for Kids to make that can be used to play with or to add to your 4th of July table as a red, white & blue centerpiece.

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