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*also applies to fall break, winter break, spring break, a long-lasting snow storm or just a long weekend with someone who may not be used to entertaining kids. Also great for mother’s helpers and babysitters!
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Can your kids entertain themselves independently? It comes more naturally to some than others, I know from experience.
Of course, they need help and guidance! If you’re struggling for ideas and relying too much on a screen, check out the Summer Vacation Survival Kit.
I love that the author has ideas that work for the NOT CRAFTY mama! She says:
“This Kit is full of activities non-crafty people could actually pull off without pulling their hair out. They’re frugal, simple, and still include a lot of room for kids to insert their own personalities and preferences. I think you’ll really love the practicality of having things ready to go ahead of time too!”
Yes, please. That’s me.
I love how these WILL get the kiddoes thinking – in a sneaky fun way! You can’t take the homeschooling out of this mom, I guess. So if you need a jolt of inspiration to make it through summer with your kids, take a look. See which ideas you can set up and then let the kids independently take over! Including:
* Build using unique materials – totally frugal and eco-friendly!
* Backyard water explorations for all ages
* Artwork with common objects, simple, but out of the ordinary
* Challenges to stretch the minds of older kids
* Homemade silly putty, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and ice cream (no machine needed!)
* Science investigations and adaptations to keep brains working
* Most activities fit just one child; many adapt to birthday parties or large family gatherings too!
* Videos to show how recipes are supposed to turn out
My younger teen currently has a thriving babysitting business. I asked her to review this kit.
She’s got a gift for young kids AND she’s not too far removed from being kid herself, so I thought she might have some insight. She thought ALL the ideas were awesome
and is using them with her younger cousins on a visit as I type this. She said that, knowing herself, she’s less likely to pull together the projects that take more supplies
, but that she will use several of these ideas because most of her families will have these supplies at home.
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