Monday, June 7, 2010

Looking for Summer Fun?

For those of you with youngsters and are preparing to battle the long summer days, here are a few ideas that Wesley absolutely LOVES.

Rice Box

Instead of putting your children in a hot sandbox and standing out in the heat watching them try a Rice Box instead! We got a clear storage container that is short but long and wide. We then put 20lbs of rice in the container. Put in some kitchen utensils, favorite toys, tupperware..whatever you want! Wesley will play in this for up to 45 mins. To help keep an easy to cleanup mess put a sheet or tablecloth underneath them. We have Wesley sit on the table so he isn't as prone to getting up and walking around with a bunch of rice.

Playdoh--this is the best recipe I have found yet

4c flour
2c salt
4c water (optional--w/food coloring)
2Tbsp + 1 tsp cream of tartar
2Tbsp cooking oil

Mix all ingredients together; cook over medium heat until mixture forms ball & pulls away from sides of pan. Remove from heat. When it is cool to touch knead it until smooth. Store in airtight container. This makes A LOT of playdoh. So if you want to hold off on the food coloring and make different colors by kneading it into separated groups you can. I would suggest halving it depending on the age of the kid.

Oobleck Goop

1/2 c Cornstarch
1 c Water
Mix together. Play with it! Slowly reach your fingers in and let it slide. Try to hit/slap it with your hand or hard spoon. It's the strange solid/liquid goop! Wesley loved playing with this. You can add food coloring if you'd like.

Ice Cube Painting

Put dyed water into ice cube trays and freeze. Later take ice cubes and white paper outside. As the ice melts it leaves it's colors behind!

Go to the pet store and check out the pets. Wesley loves animals and it is a great air conditioned activity :)

Those are just a few of the things that have been keeping me sane as it gets too hot to spend much time out in the sun. We also go to the library and we start swim lessons tomorrow, twice a day Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Have a GREAT week!


  1. Correction on the oobleck goop: it's 1.5 to 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water. I totally messed that up :/

    1 1/2 to 2 c Cornstarch
    1 c water

  2. I can't wait until Rebekah is old enough to play! someday. will you repost this in two years? :)