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Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

our favorite backyard activities for the whole family
This post is sponsored by Fox Pest Control but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Since we’re home this summer, we’ve been getting creative with fun activities to do in the backyard for the whole family. And thank you to Fox Pest Control, we no longer have to worry about pesky mosquitoes, stink bugs or ticks.

Check out some of our favorite backyard activities for the whole family below. And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special offer from Fox Pest Control!

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

1.) Make a giant water blob – If you’ve never seen the movie “Heavyweights”, there’s a giant pillow called “The Blob” . You can make your own giant water blob out of plastic sheeting and duct tape. Click here for the tutorial

2.) Make glow jars – these little jars are so pretty and whimsical. To make them you will need glow sticks (these are the ones I used from Amazon), glitter and a mason jar. Carefully cut the top off your glow stick and pour the contents into the mason jar. (I used 3 glow sticks for each jar). Sprinkle in some glitter, screw on the lid and shake. Then bring outside or put in your kiddos’ rooms at night.

DIY glow jars for the kids

 

3.) Make s’mores – It’s not summer until you’ve had one. My favorite is to use Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of the traditional Hershey bar.

4.) Bounce house fun – we recently got a bounce house for our yard and it was one of the best purchases we’ve made. It honestly keeps the kids occupied for hours. (Linking ours – it even has a ball pit!)

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

 

5.) Make a water slide – Rig up a hose to your slide on the bounce house or on your swingset to make a waterslide.

6.) Camp out in the backyard -Set up a tent and camp out in the backyard.

7.) Giant bubble bath – Fill an inflatable pool with water and some homemade bubble solution (click for my easy DIY recipe) to make a giant bubble bath!

8.) Star gazing – Layer a bunch of pillows and blankets in your inflatable pool, kick back and watch the stars.

9.) Water balloon pinatas – Fill a bunch of water balloons, hang them from a branch or clothes line and let your kids whack them with a baseball bat to spray water everywhere.

 

 

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Easy homemade bubble solution with 3 ingredients

Homemade bubble solution

When I think about summer I think about the smell of sunscreen, playing outside all day, eating endless watermelon and popsicles and bubbles. My kids love bubbles. It will occupy them for hours. At the beginning of every summer, I buy bottles of bubbles and usually after a few days, they end up getting spilled all over the deck. Using only 3 ingredients that you probably already have at home, you can whip up a big batch of this easy homemade bubble solution with my recipe below. I’m also sharing how to make your own bubble wands.

(For more summer activities and ideas be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post and check out some other of my blogger friends I’ve teamed up with!)

Easy Homemade Bubble Solution

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 cups of dish soap
  • 3/4 cup of corn syrup, glycerine or sugar

Directions:

  1. In a large gallon jug, pour the water, dish soap and corn syrup (or glycerin or sugar) stirring until well combined. Let it sit overnight.
  2. Pour into separate smaller bottles or set up a large bubble station outside with some bubble wands (showing you how to make your own below)

easy homemade bubble solution

 

Homemade Bubble Wands

homemade bubble wands

You will need:

  • pipe cleaners or a thick wire
  • scissors or wire cutters
  • beads

This is a great activity for your kids to do on their own. I made a few wands ahead of time and laid them out to show as an example. You may need to be close by to help with the cutting.

Tip – I found that a thick wire (old wire hangers are great!) work better than the pipe cleaners. Eventually the pipe cleaners got soggy from the bubbles and didn’t hold up as well.

 

easy homemade bubble solution

 

easy homemade bubble solution

Check out these other summer activities/ideas

No mess watercolor painting – The Very Best Baby Stuff

Yummy homemade popsicles – Christina on the Daily

Ocean beach float recipe – Our Robins Nest

Peach and arugula salad flatbread – Home with the Wileys

Best of summer and rainy day activities – Caitlin Houston Blog

Summer activities – Arataria at Home

 

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Best of Toddler Spring Clothes

This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

Spring is here and I don’t know about your littles, but mine are growing at warp speed and need some new spring basics. I’ve rounded up the best of toddler girl and boy clothes from Old Navy and H&M (Those are my two faves for kids clothes).

As always, click the smaller thumbnail photos to shop 🙂

 

Boys

Spring Toddler Boy Picks

Tops

 

Bottoms

 

 

Sets

 

Jackets/Hoodies

Swimwear

 

Shoes/Hats/Accessories

Girls

Spring Toddler Girl Picks

Tops

Bottoms

Dresses/Jumpsuits/Sets

Jackets/Cardigans

Swimwear

Shoes/Hats/Accessories

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How to make homemade edible playdough

How to make homemade edible playdough

This morning I was looking for a fun sensory activity that would occupy both a baby and a toddler. Let me first of all preface this by saying that not every day of quarantine has been like this morning. Some days we get crafty and have little projects but mostly I’ve been perfectly ok with the kids having screen time. (Hey whatever works right?) This morning though I was feeling all “pinteresty” and we made homemade edible playdough.

I’m sharing my recipe below on how to make homemade edible playdough using ingredients we already had on hand.

How to make homemade edible playdough

How to make homemade edible playdough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of canned frosting
  • 2 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl mix together the frosting and confectioners sugar until dough becomes crumbly and slightly lumpy. (This is how the dough will look)How to make homemade edible playdough
  2. Add in sprinkles if you want to make it a little more colorful
  3. Roll into balls and play!

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

For more ideas on how to occupy your little ones at home check out

15 things to do with your kids while you’re social distancing

 

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