7 Activities: Summertime Fun With Your Little One

Creating the ultimate summer bucket list to beat the heat and crush boredom will surely keep the kids entertained and the parents at ease. Make the most of the sunny days for your child with these seven activities:

1.) Grow a Potato Plant

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What you will need:

*1 potato of any kind

*1 glass cup or jar

*Approximately 4 toothpicks

Keep your child’s brain active this summer with science! Growing a potato plant is a simple, fun, and educational activity.

For further instructions visit: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-potato-cup-45823.html

2.) Pool Noodle Sprinkler

sprinkler

Turn that extra pool noodle into the perfect backyard sprinkler!

What you will need:

*1 foam pool noodle

*Duct tape

*Skewer or ice pick

*Hose

For further instructions visit:http://ziggityzoom.com/content/pool-noodle-sprinkler-summer-fun

3.) Squirt Gun Painting

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*Squirt guns

*Easel or canvas

* Drop cloth or an old sheet

*Watercolor paper

*Liquid watercolors

Put those squirt guns to artistic use and have your child create a masterpiece!

For further instructions visit:http://www.somewhatsimple.com/fun-summer-art-project-water-gun-painting/

For a DIY liquid watercolor recipe

visit: http://www.preschoolinspirations.com/2014/01/28/diy-liquid-watercolor/

4.) Homemade Bouncy Balls 

bouncy ball

Step away from the bouncy ball vending machine and break out the craft supplies. Make and customize your own bouncy balls from home!

What you will need:

*Borax (in the laundry detergent aisle)

*Cornstarch

*Warm water

*Elmer’s glue

*Optional: Food coloring and glitter

5.) Tropical Seashell Fish Craft

seashells

Bring the beach to you and make an under the sea pal with seashells, paint, and googly eyes!

What you will need:

*Large seashells for the fish body

*Small seashells for the tails and fins

*Tropical paint colors

*Hot glue gun

For the tutorial and photos visit: http://craftsbyamanda.com/tropical-seashell-fish-craft/

6.) Make Your Own Popsicles 

popsicle

Cool off this summer with fresh mango-strawberry popsicles from scratch!

What you will need:

*Sugar

*Water

*Lemon juice

*2 cups of fresh strawberries

*2 whole mangoes

For full recipe visit: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/fresh-mango-and-strawberry-popsicle/

7.) Glow-In-The-Dark Volcano 

glowsticks

Create a color explosion with this easy to make experiment.

What you will need:

*Vinegar

*Baking soda

*Glow-in-the-dark paint or fluorescent paint

*Optional: Dish soap

For full instructions visit:http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/01/glowing-science-kids-activity.html