Kids are no joke. I mean, they can take an absolutely cleaned house and make it look like a tornado hit it - all under 10 seconds. I have given up counting the number of times I put away shoes, picked up sippy cups, sweep up crumbs and pick up the tiniest Legos and marbles that will quickly go into Remy's mouth when I'm blinking. And I just try to make it look like I have it all together about 10 minutes before my husband walks through the day.
The days are long people.
I have made it my mission to get the kids outside as much as possible because they can mess it up as much as they want out there. We recently got an amazing patio umbrella to finally give us shade from the desert heat when 3:00 hits every afternoon. So I pulled together my five favorite activities that are easy and manageable. And they will keep your kids busy and they will love them.
Seriously, you can't go wrong with bubbles. Ever. Lola can spend hours playing bubbles and Remy spends hours trying to catch them and eat them. And if your kids are anything like mine, they are masters as spilling bubble solution everywhere. I usually stock up when I see cheap containers in the Dollar Spot or just use Dawn dish soap and some water -- same effect when you're in a bind.
2. Water Painting
You need three things - paintbrushes, water and cement. Cohen has a blast making designs and changing them up on our driveway. The best part about this is that THERE'S NO MESS TO CLEAN UP! HOLLA! I usually throw a paintbrush in my bucket for the kids to take to the pool too. It's the perfect pool activity when you're kids are over swimming but you aren't ready to leave yet.
Again, this is something I will also search for in the Dollar Spot at Target and stock up on it. We make Hopscotch boards, practice writing our names or even draw McDonald's drive thru windows on our driveway. (That wasn't my idea by the way, I promise.) While this one can be a bit messy for littler ones, it's a small enough mess that a wipe can clean up with no problems.
4. Water Tables
We have gone through two water tables in the past three years and I'm quite okay with this. I actually just got our most recent one by using my accumulated Pampers points. I knew those puppies would come in handy for something! But I promise it is an investment that is definitely well worth your money. You could also use a dish tub, fill it with water and place it on a small table outside too. Our new fun activity is throwing ice cubes in the water and watching them melt. Just a little summertime Science lesson, really.
Towards the end of the summer, start checking your clearance aisles for sprinklers and outdoor water toys. I found a small pool with a built in sprinkler last summer for $8 and we have used it almost daily. You can create water obstacle courses or even put it on a play set slide for a little backyard water slide action. Again, don't pay full price unless you want one right now. Definitely start scouring clearance aisles, especially after since its after July 4th!
What are some of your favorite outdoor activities for your kids? I'm all about anything that will take the mess outside so I don't have to deal with it!