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.
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!)
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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No doubt we’re experiencing some strange and uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are now spending alot of time together and you may be wondering how you’re going to keep your kids entertained while you’re social distancing.
Here’s a list of 15 things to do with your kids while you’re social distancing:
- Make photo albums – this is a great opportunity to go through all the photos on your phone and actually make a photo album. I like to use the Motif Photo App and do it right from your phone or Shutterfly.
- Have a “yes” day – I saw this idea awhile ago from Jennifer Garner. It’s one day where no matter what the kids ask, the answer is “yes”, within reason obviously. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes. Staying up late? Yes. Wear their pajamas all day and don’t have to brush their teeth? Yes.
- Take your kids to the zoo – the virtual zoo that is. The Cincinnati Zoo will be live streaming some of their animals and exhibits on Facebook Live every week day at 3pm. Click here to head to their facebook page.
- Camp-out in the living room – Get out all your blankets and pillows and make teepees in the living room. Even better if you have a fireplace and can have an actual fire. Tell ghost stories, play games and make s’mores!
- Put on a performance – have your kids put together a dance recital or play complete with costumes.
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt in the yard or at the park – find something soft, something yellow, something wet, etc.
- Pretend to travel to another country – Have the kids pick a country and then make that day all about their culture. For example, if they choose France. Make macaroons, and build the Eiffel Tower out of legos or magna tiles. If they choose Ireland, play some Celtic music, watch RiverDance and bake Irish soda bread. It will give the kids a feeling of being somewhere else.
- Pizza contest – everyone makes a specialty pizza and try one of each and see who’s was the best.
- Make sensory dough – This is one of my favorite recipes to make your own play dough. It smells yummy and is completely edible!
- Write letters – write some letters or cards and send them to a local nursing home or arrange to do penpals with some of their friends.
- Go for a family bike ride – Head to the park or bike path and go for a nice family bike ride.
- Have a backwards day – wear your clothes backwards, they have to walk backwards, you get the point
- Do some spring cleaning – write down some things that you need to be cleaned or tidied up around the house that the kids can do. Put them in a hat and have each child pick one thing. Then set a timer for 15 minutes, play some loud music and they have to get it done in that time
- Make shirts – make some crazy shirts with tie-dye or puffy paint
- Have a Disney day – Watch movies on Disney Plus, play Disney games. You can even go on Youtube and virtually experience the rides.
I for one am looking forward to some slower moments with my loved ones and getting back to simpler times.
What are some ideas you have to keep your little ones busy?
Now that Christmas is over, I’m sharing some of my New Years ideas for the kids. Gone are the days of getting all dressed up and going out for New Years. We’re all for staying home in our jammies and hanging out with the kids, trying to stay up until the ball drops. But let’s be honest, I’ll probably be in bed by 10pm.
Here are some fun ideas on how to ring in New Years with your kids.
(Plus download my free printable interview for your little ones)
Make some noisemakers
We recently made these little noisemakers and they were so easy to do together.
You will need :
– A plastic bulb ornament. ( I got mine from the Dollar Store).
– Glitter (got these on Amazon)
– Beads (I had found these on Amazon to make bracelets)
– Super glue
– Take the top part off of the ornament.
– Fill with beads and glitter.
– Cover the top with tape and put the top back on, super gluing (is that a word?) the rim.
– Tie a ribbon at the top and shake!
I saw this idea floating around on Pinterest to do every year on your children’s birthday but I think it could be done on New Years Eve too! I created this fun little interview to do with your kiddos. It would be fun to look back over the years and see some of the highlights.
Click the link below to download my printable version.
New Years Eve we usually just do a bunch of snacky foods so we can pick throughout the night.
We love to make fun charcuterie boards especially for the kids.
I also love this idea for a milk and cookies toast at midnight with your little ones! So fun and they will feel like grown ups too!
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Today we got to visit the brand new Dino Roar Valley in Lake George, NY. We are huge dino fanatics in our house so we were excited to check it out.
Dino Roar Valley features 20 life size dinosaurs that move and roar as you walk by. The tour is along a beautiful tree-lined pathway. It’s a nice, easy 1/2 mile walk and very stroller friendly. There’s also a spot for the kids to climb into a dino nest, dig for dinosaur fossils and attend a paleontologist workshop. It was a great experience and we had a blast.
On our way home we stopped at the Log Jam for lunch and then hit up some of the outlets for some shopping too.
If you’re looking for a little day trip, head up to Lake George and check out Dino Roar Valley. It opens this Memorial Day Weekend. It’s located right next to the Magic Forest where you can ride the ferris wheel and visit the petting zoo as well.
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