Easy Summer Activities

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When I first discovered Pinterest, I thought it might just be the answer I’d been looking for to help pass time on those endless stay at home mom days.  Yet every time I tried one of  the DIY projects for toddlers I had pinned, it was a big letdown.  There was the popsicle stick velcro project and then the food coloring/dropper in baking soda pin.  And this one that didn’t work at all ’cause I’m sure I did something wrong.  And how can I forget the felt Christmas tree I spent hours crafting for her to play with all season that she barely cared about.  The point is it feels like a decent amount of effort to run out and buy the supplies, prep it all, and then my daughter does the project for ten minutes.  Doesn’t seem worth it.

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The Anti-Pinterest Project

Summer is here and with the changing of seasons comes longer days and more outdoor play.  I am definitely not that mother who can throw some crafty project together for my kids like some other blogs out there – and you know what?  I think when left to their own imaginations, they do way better than anything I could have come up with!  Plus, I think self-directed play is important for their development.

One of the best investments I’ve made is a whopping $1.50 for a thick, white poster board from Michael’s.  My daughter has managed to glue on it, paint, draw with markers, stick stickers on it, you name it.  She alternates working on each side, depending on what she feels like doing and how much space is left.  Here’s one side of the finished project – I think she did a great job!

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Another project they love to do (and baby can participate in) is using water to paint on the sidewalk with chalk.  The colors become way more vibrant this way and I think any kid loves making a mess with water!  It gets all over their clothes but thankfully, chalk washes right out.

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Both of these activities are practically free and best of all, they don’t require any Pinterest crafting to put together!