School is out for summer and while much of the world carries on as normal, parents of young children know that summer takes on a whole different meaning. The kids now have endless hours to fill and despite the best-laid plans, boredom is bound to set in sooner than you'd like. Instead of panicking when you start seeing those blank looks, have plans in place for make-at-home activities that are free or very cheap and bound to keep them entertained -- at least for a few hours.
11 DIY Activities to Keep Kids Occupied All Summer
What youngster doesn't like playing with dough? It keeps little hands busy while you get some chores done around the house. Instead of buying the real thing, make it yourself with ingredients found in many kitchen cupboards. A quick Internet search reveals dozens of recipes, all of which use some combination of flour, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, food coloring, salt, boiling water, and glycerin (optional).
You can also make bubble wands for practically nothing. Bend old wire hangers into shapes like hearts and circles or string together two straws, line them up to form a square, and dip into the bubble solution. A third option requires cutting the bottom off a plastic disposable water bottle; dip the cut end into the bubble solution and blow out through the mouth of the bottle.
With water, that is. A DIY summertime kids' activity can't get any easier than this. All you need are squirt guns and plastic cups. Arrange the cups in any way (a pyramid always works well), fill the water gun and take aim. This is entertaining for all ages, but you can turn it into a game for older kids by seeing who can knock down the most cups before running out of water.
Little explorers will love this summer kids' activity. Freeze small toys, such as plastic dinosaurs, rubber ducks, little Lego people, etc., into ice blocks. Use whatever size and type of containers you have lying around -- empty whipped topping or margarine tubs, plastic storage bins, a plastic bucket of any size. Once frozen, give the children a few cheap plastic tools, like hammers and screw drivers, and let them chip away until they discover their toy fossils.