It's only normal to feel like summer is dragging on a bit when you've got kids to entertain, whether they're your own, or just kids you babysit. Below we've compiled a handful of awesome DIY projects/activities that are sure to keep the kids occupied for at least an afternoon :)
PVC Pipe Sprinkler
This is sort of similar to those rain roofs that some amusements parks have. This sprinkler is cooler than the average one you'd pick up at the store, and doesn't seem too difficult/expensive to put together! Directions via sixsistersstuff.com.
You can tie dye anything from socks to pillow cases. Whether you want to use a simple kit with squirt bottles (which can be found at any arts and crafts store) or get more legit and use buckets filled with each color dye is up to you. Pick up a bunch of white items and make a day of it!
Since it's more fun to play outside with home-made game pieces. Instructions via thepinningmama.com.
Again, just like with tie dye, you can make these using one of those 'all-included' kits available at art stores, or, you can collect your own supplies. Personalize stepping stones with handprints, footprints, unique rocks and gems, and any other small objects. Directions via pgeveryday.com.
This is a cheap and fun activity that the kids will definitely love. Do it outside and use a plastic storage container or kiddie pool to hold the bubbles. Also consider getting water toys to use along with the bubbles. Directions via funathomewithkids.com.
Rather than just setting up an old table and taping a poster board to the front, try building a super cool lemonade stand that the kids will LOVE. SeeVanessaCraft.com has a good example to get some inspiration from. Build a sturdy and attractive stand that will last all summer. It'll keep the kids entertained and get them to actually WANT to go out to earn their own money!
Bird feeders are simple to make and there are so many varieties. Not only are these fun and interesting but also great for the environment and the animals we share the world with. Happyhooligans.ca has lots of great samples. After you set up a bird feeder you can get more entertainment out of bird watching.