Summer break is upon us! Here is a a fun roundup of summer activities for the kids.
View the activities after the jump!
Bug Jar 1 of 13
Rainbow Pops 2 of 13The best way to cool down during a heat wave? Yummy Rainbow Popsicles the whole family will love! These are made by freezing layers of juice.
Get the recipe via Brooklyn Supper at Babble's The Family Kitchen
Water Pinata 3 of 13Fun and refreshing: a water balloon pinata! We'd take this over a pile of candy on a hot summer's day.
Get the instructions at Ziggity Zoom
Lemonade Stand 4 of 13Selling lemonade is a nostalgic summer activity... and enterprising! Even if kids don't make any money, chances are they'll be well-hydrated — and you can keep the stand for play for years to come.
Find the Vintage Lemonade Stand Tutorial at Lil' Luna
Sponge Balls 5 of 13Spend an afternoon crafting these sponge balls — then test them out outside! Use them for catch or Duck, Duck, Goose.
Click to see the tutorial at One Charming Party
Bubble Painting 6 of 13A different kind of art! Bubble painting will keep your kids occupied for hours. This activity is best for older kids.
Get the full instructions at Meet the Dubiens
Boats 7 of 13Simple boats make simple fun. Use up your paper scraps to make it green!
Find the graphic via Daniel Johnson-Kim
Friendship Bracelets 8 of 13Summer makes me think of camp and friendship bracelets! This craft is practically a summertime rite of passage.
See the friendship bracelet tutorial from A Little Bit of This and That
Slime 9 of 13What kid doesn't like a little slime? Making this would be a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
See the slime recipe at Run Lucas Run
Glow Jars 10 of 13No fireflies around? Make a glow stick lantern for some nighttime fun. Perfect for little ones who are afraid of the dark!
See the "how to" at Lil Blue Boo
Rainbow Wedges 11 of 13A colorful treat using gelatin and oranges! Make this cool treat for a special afternoon snack.
Read the instructions at Quick Dish by Tablespoon
Bird Feeder 12 of 13Bring on the birdies with a fun homemade bird feeder! See which birds you can spot in the backyard.
Find the instructions at Pink Pistachio
Fine Art 13 of 13Make some artwork with the kiddos! (And make sure you have a couple of old shirts you're willing to get dirty.)
See all the tips for getting "fine art" out of it at Lil Blue Boo
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