Chalkscapes Mandala Stencils

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Sidewalk chalk is already a classic summer activity. These mandala stencils take things to the next level. Amazon

Frisbee Golf

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Is it really even summer if you don't have frisbee golf set up in the backyard? Amazon

Target Action Game

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This fun game is a sneaky way to get the kids to practice their math skills, even when school's not in session.Amazon

Scratch Art Bookmarks

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Spend the morning making these creative bookmarks, and spend the afternoon at the library where the kids can pick out their summer reads. Amazon

Star Toss

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Ages 6+: A Good Housekeeping Institute favorite, Star Toss makes the classic game of horseshoes more accessible for kids. The best part? It can be played in the backyard and on the beach.

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Spike Ball

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Ask your teen about this volleyball-four-square hybrid, and they'll be shocked you're so in the know. Even better if you surprise them with it!Courtesy of Amazon

Stomp Rocket Ultra

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Ages 6+: When we tested these foot-controlled, foam-tipped rockets in the Good Housekeeping Institute, they took the gold - they're pretty much guaranteed to keep your kids out in the backyard for an afternoon. Courtesy of Amazon

Incredibubble Wand

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Ages 3+: When we tested this wand, it was a hit with toddlers since it's easy for little hands to maneuver. Bonus: It makes outrageously big bubbles. Courtesy of Amazon

Critter Crudités

Combining snack time with a cute craft is pretty much the biggest parenting win in the book.

Get the recipe »Steven Giralt

Crepe Paper Bouquet

It's amazing what a simple pattern, some double-sided crepe paper and floral wire can do - summer blooms come and go but these paper bouquets are forever.

Get the tutorial for Crepe Paper Bouquet »Kate Bennis

Glitter Slime

Slime is everywhere these days. You can switch up your color scheme - try yellow food dye and rainbow glitter! - for something a little more summery.

Get the tutorial for Glitter Slime »Kate Bennis

Ice Cream in a Bag

Toss all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag, make sure it's totally sealed, and hand it over to the kids. They can shake it for about 10 minutes and then - voila - ice cream for everyone!

Get the recipe from Delish »Delish

Bubble Blower Painting

Blowing bubbles and painting are two fun summer activities the kids already love. Why not combine them?

Get the tutorial from Childhood 1o1 »Courtesy of Childhood 101

Pool Noodle Stacking

Help little ones work on their fine motor skills by playing with no-mess pool noodles.

Get the tutorial from Mrs. Plemon's Kindergarten »Courtesy of Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten

Ice Painting

Our favorite activities on hot summer days are ones that involve ice. Your toddler will be totally fascinated.

Get the tutorial from Busy Toddler »Courtesy of Busy Toddler

Watermelon Volcano

Put a summertime twist on the classic baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano by using a watermelon as the base!

Get the tutorial from Little Bins for Little Hands »Courtesy of Little Bins for Little Hands

Moon Sand

This three-ingredient "sand" - made with corn starch, coconut oil, and food coloring - is super soft, moldable and long-lasting. Just be sure to put down a plastic sheet (it's messy!) before you let the kids have at it.

Get the tutorial from Mommypotamus »Mommypotamus

Fingerprint Painting Pineapple

Since virtually every painting project turns into a finger paint craft, you might as well set them up with a cute thumb-print pineapple.

Get the tutorial from Oh Crafts »
Oh Crafts

Marshmallow Buildings

Encourage budding architects to shoot for skyscraper heights with only two materials - toothpicks and marshmallows.

Get the tutorial from The Idea Room »The Idea Room

Treasure Rocks

This project is a two-in-one - kids have to scavenge for rocks before the painting phase.

Get the tutorial from Paper and Glue »Paper and Glue

Personal S'more Pots

No fire pit? No problem. Line terracotta planter pots with foil and charcoal and set up individual s'more roasting stations.

Get the tutorial from Elisabeth McKnight »Elisabeth McKnight

Fruit & Yogurt Swirl Pops

These so-sweet bars get their classic shape from popsicle molds and their creaminess from vanilla yogurt.

Get the recipe for Fruit and Yogurt Swirl Pops »Con Poulos

DIY Bouncy Balls

Pro tip: After making your bouncy balls, let them sit 10 to 20 minutes before trying them out - they'll bounce higher!

Get the tutorial for DIY Bouncy Balls»
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Star Crystals

These pipe-cleaner stars are sure to wow kids - just be sure to make it clear that they're not rock candy! And reminder: Whenever working with Borax, do an allergy test and keep an eye on young kids.

Get the tutorial from One Little Project »One Little Project

Cotton Ball Painting

If you hate rinsing off brushes with endless layers of caked paint, this cotton ball and clothespin project is perfect for your kids' summer playtime. Just toss when they're done!

Get the tutorial from Domestic Mommyhood »Domestic Mommyhood

Bird Feeder

Recycle snack-time orange rinds with this bird feeder DIY. Birds love the citrus just as much as the seeds.

Get the tutorial from Made With Happy »Made With Happy

Beach Ball Bath Bombs

Rinse off salt and sand with a beach-inspired bath bomb - they just might help get the kids in and out of the bath on those long summer nights.

Get the tutorial from Soap Queen »Soap Queen

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Skip the cookies, and sandwich ice cream between two decadent layers of cookie dough (egg-free, of course!) instead.

Get the tutorial from Mel's Kitchen Cafe »Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Color Coded Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt that only requires scribbling in different colors on a piece of paper? Sign us up.

Get the tutorial from I Heart Crafty Things »I Heart Crafty Things