Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Easy Outside Summer Fun

Do your kids constantly ask to go outside, then complain they're bored 5 minutes later? Mine certainly do. I came up with a few ideas to keep them busy!

  • Chalk
  •  *Coloring/Drawing
    *Bean Bag Toss. Draw a bulls-eye on the sidewalk and let the kids throw a beanbag to see who an get the closest to the center.
    *Bean Bag Toss, option 2. Draw a line of circles with varying sizes and point values. See who can score the most points!
    *Draw a street for their cars. Draw street lines and have trees/houses/flowers/people on either side. For older kids, let them draw their own streets!
    *Make your own and let them play with it! Check out my Make Your Own Chalk post for directions.
  • Balloons
          *Fill with water and have a water balloon toss or tag game.
          *Blow up and let them bounce it around and play.
  • Water
          *Turn on the sprinkler, it's a classic.
                    ^Play Sprinkler Freeze. Have music playing and let the kids run through sprinklers. When the music stops, they have to freeze.
         *Fill squirt bottles and let them chase each other.
         *Let them help water the garden.
"Maybe if I water him, he'll grow faster!"
         *Check out your local parks. Some of them have water play areas!

  • Sandbox/Sand Table
          *My kids love their sand table. For something different, bury dinosaurs and have an Archaeology Dig (Check out the My Kid Wants To Be An Archaeologist post for more ideas).
  • Bubbles
          *Dollar stores or craft stores usually have a large bottle for $3 or under. 
          *Get a Bubble Machine and let it do all the work for you :)   (Amazon.com sells one by Funrise and Kidoozie that get pretty good reviews.)
          *Make your own bubbles.
      • You will need:
        1 1/2 cups water
        2 Tablespoons dishwashing soap (liquid)
        1 Tablespoons glycerin (or light Karo syrup)

        Mix together and enjoy! (Store in a resealable container.) Add a drop of food coloring to create colored bubbles!


  1. Love the summer fun ideas. We are looking for ways to keep our little pumpkin busy betweens camps. Thanks for the follow. Hope to see you again soon.


  2. Great ideas! We LOVE our chalk time. 4 year old asked me one day if we could make a hopscotch to 100. I moved the cars off the drive-way and we did it, then they hopped it all afternoon. We also like to make caterpillar, snake and giraffe hop scotch games to jump on.

  3. Thanks for stopping by! I haven't tried hopscotch yet; I'll have to give it a try with the boys!


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