Family Living

Fun Homemade Activities

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Summer is here and the kids are out of school! We know you have summer camps and trips to the beach planned, but what are you going to do in between, to keep those budding minds productively occupied? Below are a few fun (and cheap) things that you and your child can do around your house.
 
Make Homemade Play Dough: There are plenty of recipes online to make homemade play dough with — just do a quick google search! Chance are you already have everything you need stocked in the kitchen, and it only takes about twenty minutes from start to finish!
 
Make Homemade Bubbles: Mix together 1 cup of water, 2 table spoons of karo syrup or glycerin, and 4 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, and you’re good to go! You can blow the bubbles through a plastic straw, or design your own bubble-wand! Check out these awesome Pinterest Ideas!
 
Plant a Garden: Gardening is a great way to teach children responsibility and to learn about Nature. Succulents are a good choice to start off with, since they do not need much attention to thrive. As your child gets better, you can graduate to herb gardens and tomato plants! The sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with eating what you grow can be a valuable experience for your child. The Gardner School of Oak Brook recently planted a Wishing Tree and all the classes got to put what they wished for on the tree. Hopefully all their wishes will come true!
 
Do Things with Books: Instead of just reading a book, try writing a book (or at least a story). It is also fun to act out your child’s favorite stories. Have your child read to you, or just simply talk about a book your child is reading. The Gardner School of Franklin recently read Good Night, Gorilla to each of their classes, and then had the classes build the story out of legos! While the reading help improve comprehension and thought-processes, building with legos helps improve dexterity and inspire creativity in your child. 
 
Hopefully these tips can help get you started on some fun indoor activities, or spark an ingenious idea in your mind, at least. This list is literally just a sliver of the plethora of fun, indoor things to do around the home. 
 
And hey, boredom never hurts once in a while. Your child just needs to exercise his or her imagination. Sooner or later, they’ll think of something. They always do.