Summer is finally here and the backyard is open for play! Now we have just one question: What should we do?
If, like us, you're looking for ways to make your summer backyard get-together memorable, here are five ideas for inexpensive at-home fun:
1. Invite the kids to take part in a taste test
We've got FREE printables for you! Simply buy a few foods — we like doing this with fruit our kids aren't familiar with — and blindfold the kids to let them try each one. You can also do this with different juices — kids can try the different juices, guess which ones they're tasting and then rank them! This is a fun way to get kids to try new foods and to get everyone laughing! Adults want to taste test too? We've included a printable so adults can partake in their own grown-up version of the fun too!
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2. Make ice cream in a bag
Sure, anyone can buy ice cream ... but give kids the ingredients and let them make it themselves? They'll remember that!
All you need is ice, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt. Oh, and don't forget the sprinkles! Get the full tutorial here.
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3. Chalk Art Fun and Competitions!
Compete for prizes or just create and have fun! Everyone can do chalk art, no matter their artistic talent. Set a theme, give your contestants a time limit, and let them CREATE! This is especially fun if you're having a neighborhood party where you can close off the road and give each family, team, or contestant a lot of space to work in! Use the trampoline for added hopscotch fun, or make your own activity path for neighbors to enjoy!
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4. Blow them away with giant bubbles
What's more fun than bubbles? GIANT bubbles! Kids won't be able to get enough of these — and it's more than likely the adults will be pretty taken with these too! It's easy to make giant bubbles in your backyard with just a few simple ingredients and a bucket. It's even easy to make your own giant bubble "wands" with straws and yarn. There are lots of recipes online you can find easily — we like this full tutorial from Happy Hooligans.
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5. Host a backyard drive-in
A drive-in movie? In the backyard? Yep! Elevate the idea of a backyard projector movie shown on an old sheet, or a store bought shower curtain, with ride on cars, or these adorable DIY box cars! Put the basic car together with big cardboard boxes before your guests arrive and then let families decorate their own car with washi tape or markers and add wheels and headlights (paper plates!) before the movie starts. The kids will love to sit in their "cars" all movie long, while the adults can chat in the back. Find the full tutorial here! Use your inflatable pool and glow sticks for some additional summer fun!