Ready to have fun? Get started now with these simple activities and arts and crafts projects. They’ll keep your little ones busy and happy, and cleanup is a snap.
Whip up a “dirt” dessert. Making food is an activity kids love. Let them do as much as they can: in a large bowl, beat one 4-ounce package of chocolate instant pudding mix with 2 cups cold milk for 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in one 8-ounce container of frozen whipped topping, thawed, along with half a cup of finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. Divide among several small drinking glasses or mugs and top with more crushed cookies to form a thick layer of “dirt,” plop a few gummy worms on top and finish by sticking in a small silk flower. Messy clothes? Launder with a detergent that has an amazing scent that will rev your mood long after the fun is over.
Pick up some rocks. In this activity, kids will get to try out a twist on normal painting. Gather, then wash and dry a few baseball-sized rocks. Using non-toxic acrylic paint, let the kids create whatever design inspires them. Once dry, add a coat of clear, non-toxic varnish to seal the paint, let dry again, then display their masterpieces on your deck or in the garden. Viva la art!
Have a good old puddle stomp. Slickers, rain boots, a warm summer sun shower—let them go for it. Super size the fun by cranking some tunes and joining in the wet mess. And be sure to video tape the moment because no question, it’s going to be a keeper.