Outdoor Games for Summer:

You can learn how to play Skellzies here—(NOTE: the original link we used doesn’t work anymore but I found this one to replace it):  http://itshotlinks.com/games/skelzie.php

 Here are some instructions on how to play Ringers with marbles: http://www.landofmarbles.com/marbles-play.html

The idea for Sponge Bombs was found on Pinterest and I went to the link here. We still need to try this one: http://innerchildfun.com/2011/07/sponge-bomb-bucket-toss.html?_szp=409058 

I found the idea for Simon Says using sidewalk chalk on Pinterest and here: http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2012/03/sidewalk-simon-colors-of-rainbow.html

 The Angry Bird Sidewalk Chalk and Water Balloon game came from Pinterest and this link:  http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2011/05/angry-birds-inspired-water-balloon-game.html

2017 Craft Ideas..

- Ladybug Rocks to brighten your garden: https://craftsbyamanda.com/ladybug-painted-rocks/ 
- Make a Marble Maze on a paper plate for some rolling fun: http://buggyandbuddy.com/paper-plate-marble-maze/

- Fingerprint Art was a favourite of mine as a kid:  http://www.fabartdiy.com/diy-fingerprint-drawing-artwork-for-kids/

- Jumping Jellyfish this craft is cute: http://buggyandbuddy.com/cardboard-tube-jellyfish-craft/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes

- I adore this twig bouqet and it brightens my computer desk every day of the year:   http://www.homemadeginger.com/2015/08/painted-twig-bouquet.html 

- We worked together to learn how to make Mandalas by watching You Tube! So beautiful. We liked them so much we made a chalk one, too:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3-tMYwFQwo -

- We never got around to picking this one from the jar but it looks like fun. Sidewalk foam paint: http://thetiptoefairy.com/2016/05/diy-sidewalk-foam-paint/

- Twig Stars are so pretty: https://happyhooligans.ca/summer-twig-ornaments/

- a Nebula Jar for some far out fun:  http://www.momdot.com/diy-nebula-jar-instructions/  

- Who doesn't like a fort? I really wanted to make this one but it was never drawn from the jar: http://modernparentsmessykids.com/play/

make your own ice cream sundae bar

I find a lot of Summer Jar ideas on Pinterest!  Check out my Summer Board!

Here are some links to ideas I used in our Summer Jars...

Coming Soon to 2018 Summer Jar:

Zentangle Waves, Craft Stick Bookmarks, Happy Rocks, Scared Hair Art, and Funny Face Sandwiches

This Pinterest Pin inspired our Ice Cream craft: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/284149057714167879/ 

I have seen the Flip Flop Craft all over Pinterest.  Here’s one site that has instructions: http://www.savingsaidsimply.com/2014/07/summer-kids-craft-footprint-flip-flops.html#sthash.5ZiwR8Pr.dpbs

I found the initial idea for the shadow drawing on Pinterest.  The link only has a photo so we made up the rest of the craft idea: http://palisadespreschool.org/gallery

There are many watermelon crafts.  Here's one we still need to make: http://www.craftymorning.com/puffy-paint-watermelon-craft-kids/

write a letter to a far-away relative and decorate the paper.

start a puzzle and work on it all summer long

Invent and participate in your own Triathlon Event

Paint rocks for your garden or balcony

Play 5 goal soccer: keep trying to score until you get 5 goals and then switch places

Suggestions to fill your jar with...

Here’s the recipe for Cookies and Cream Popsicles we still need to make:  


These are the no-bake cookie bars we made: http://myfridgefood.com/recipes/dessert/no-bake-cookie-dough-bars/

Chunky Monkey Popsciles for a treat: http://glitternspice.com/chunky-monkey-popsicles/#_a5y_p=4126748

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn: 


plan a picnic, buy the food, pack it and eat it at a park

Make a Backyard Fort

Recycle a box and turn it into a house for toys!

Go on a family walk - perhaps to a park or for an ice-cream stop

Make a board game. Tape together paper and write funny things to do on little circles that you glue to the page (like sing a song, move ahead 2, hop up and down). Flip a coin: heads moves 1, tails 2 spaces. 

create your own obstacle course and try to beat your own record

Make a Summer Playlist!  This is great for Road Trips!

Here’s were I found the popsicle art craft: http://www.makeandtakes.com/painted-paper-popsicles-create-your-own-flavors 

Here is the Pinterest Pic that inspired our sun pictures: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/284149057709869074/

The woven sun craft instructions were found here:  http://www.michelemademe.com/2011/08/amidst-rain-woven-sun.html

wash the car

run through the sprinkler on a sunny day

Fish Craft - Here is the link for the craft instructions: http://blog.darice.com/kids-crafts/diy-fish-craft/

Make a Hot-Air Balloon Mobile! http://www.craftymorning.com/spinning-3d-hot-air-balloon-craft-for-kids-to-make/ 

Surf Boards for your toys - I worried about using the foam board from the dollar store because the outer layer is paper and I thought they'd deteriorate fast. but they held out pretty well. here is the link where the original idea and templates for the boards came from: http://play-trains.com/toy-surfboard-craft-for-kids/

Crumpled Paper Art: It is better to use firmer paper for this craft. We had to do it twice. I found the idea for this easy project here: http://buggyandbuddy.com/crumpled-paper-art-for-kids-inspired-by-ish/ 

Recipes Perfect for Summer:

Learn how to make ice cream in a bag here - (NOTE: the original link we used doesn’t work anymore but I found this science one to replace it...): http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/ice-cream3.htm

This is the lemonade recipe we used: http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2013/07/old_fashioned_lemonade/ 

For more lemonade ideas check this out:

 http://blog.potterybarn.com/lemonade-recipes-summer/ and For some fun flavour ideas check here: http://blog.potterybarn.com/lemonade-recipes-summer

We want to try to make these popsicles: http://www.allroadsleadtothe.kitchen/2012/06/cookie-dough-lovers-cookbook-by-lindsay.html

 The sun sandwich came from here: 


 I found the watermelon cookie recipe here:


I found the instructions for making Frozen Yogurt Dots here:


Make a Monster Bean Bag Toss with cardboard, paint and old socks filled with rice as bean bags.

Make bookmarks using splattered watercolour paint

Crafts for Summer:

The idea for the sidewalk paint was found on Pinterest and here: http://domesticcharm.blogspot.ca/2011/05/liquid-sidewalk-chalk.html 

The idea for the Hot Rocks came from Pinterest as well and this link: http://www.5orangepotatoes.com/blog/2011/03/04/hot-rocks-painting-with-wax-on-rocks/ Be careful though as these can burn. I’d recommend this for older kids only as we had a bit of trouble with this one.

This is where I found the idea for making paper umbrellas: http://www.the36thavenue.com/2014/05/diy-drink-umbrellas.html 

5 things I love about you - write a list for every member of your family

create your own smoothie recipe

Here are some of my own ideas that you might want to choose to add to your Family's Summer Jar:

2017 Recipe Ideas...

- Here’s a recipe for Popsicle flavoured lemonade: http://letslassothemoon.com/2012/08/09/simple-flavored-lemonade-more/
- Mango Popsicles, anyone? http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/09/08/homemade-popsicles-recipe/
- Try to make homemade fruit gummies:  http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/polymer-science-homemade-fruit-gummies/#comment-19
- Disneyland inspired Dole Whip: https://www.smartnutrition.ca/recipes/3-ingredient-pineapple-dole-whip/ 

 -No bake cookies are perfect for fun in the kitchen on a hot day: https://www.blessthismessplease.com/2017/03/8-no-bake-oatmeal-energy-balls.html?

- Homemade Coconut Ice Cream without an ice-cream machine: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2017/05/15/coconut-ice-cream-recipe/ We still need to try this one!

- S'more Snack Mix anyone? http://lmld.org/2015/08/08/smores-snack-mix/ 

play board games

2018 Recipe Ideas...no photos yet!!!

- Who wants S'more recipe ideas?  How about some mini S'mores pies?  http://onelittleproject.com/smore-pie-pops/

- Bananas and peanut butter will make your child want to try this Fake Sushi:  https://www.getgreenbewell.com/fun-and-easy-no-bake-snack-recipes-for-kids-with-natures-path-organic-cereals/

- 2 ingredient popsicles! We are going to try the Creamsicle ones! https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/two-ingredient-popsicles?utm_term=.pk7vGjYdG#.thD8xawbx

- You don't need to be Canadian to enjoy Maple Popcorn! https://www.saffrontrail.com/maple-popcorn/

- Frosted Lemonade sounds like a winner to me! http://www.lifeloveliz.com/2015/04/20/copycat-chick-fil-a-frosted-lemonade/#_a5y_p=5217106

- A basic Root Beer Float or in Popsicle Form, these rock! https://boulderlocavore.com/root-beer-float-popsicles/
- If life gives you lemons...make Lemon Bars: https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/classic-lemon-bars/

Too hot to bake? Try these No-Bake Enrergy Bites: https://www.cottercrunch.com/no-bake-oatmeal-cookie-energy-bites/
- How about a salty treat like Homemade Pretzels: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2017/04/24/easy-homemade-soft-pretzels/

The waxed paper Stained glass requires wax paper and sharpies. The link for this Pinterest picture didn’t give instructions only the Pinterest box did so I shall include that link only:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/284149057716385550/

We’ve made funny faces as crafts many times before.  This link adds the idea of including pre-drawn heads: http://www.listotic.com/29-fun-crafts-kids-adults-will-actually-enjoy/25/

Here's a link for some directions on how to make more suncatchers: http://kidscraftroom.com/round-suncatcher-craft/

Here's a melted crayon silhouette craft we still need to try. The link for the craft follows (but you can find templates by googling “sun silhouettes”):   http://www.havingfunathome.com/2011/12/easy-stained-glass-craft-technique.html

Create Your own Photography Scavenger Hunt

make chalk outlines and colour them in.

Bake cookies and read favourite picture books together

Find a famous artist and copy his/her style

Summer Science:

The paper sundial idea also came from Pinterest and from this link —(NOTE: the original link we used doesn’t work anymore but I found this one to replace it):  http://we-made-that.com/paper-plate-sundial/ 

Solar Oven S’mores experiment - ​we found the idea on the following link but we had the wrong type of pizza box and had to improvise by using the graham cracker box as the oven part. The wind kept tipping it over so we needed to add rocks. We had the food outside for nearly two hours and only the chocolate melted! Still delicious!   http://www.icanteachmychild.com/make-your-own-solar-oven/?_szp=367169 

Homemade Lava Bottles: https://sciencebob.com/blobs-in-a-bottle-2/ 

go on a bike ride

I found Snail Hopscotch on Pinterest and on this link (plus there are other sidewalk chalk games if you are interested in more). No photo for this one as we never drew it from the jar that year: http://www.birthdaypartyideas4kids.com/sidewalk-chalk-games.htm#.Ub-WQtjhdBU

The paper plate ring toss was another Pinterest find (no photo yet): http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.jp/2010/11/paper-plate-ring-toss-game.html 

The recycled can craft and game was inspired by this pin (no photo): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/284149057709626515/

We found the idea for the Balloon Tennis here: http://everneveragain.blogspot.ca/2013/03/up-party.html 

For Yahtzee score cards, click here to print them: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/109634572153745457/ 

For instructions on how to play the Thimble Game check here (we used a juice cap because I couldn't find my thimble): http://overthebigmoon.com/the-thimble-game/

Summer Jar

creative canvas: paint on a dollarstore canvas

draw in a brand new sketch book

Terrariums - We finally made these as part of our Brazil Theme Day. We went to the Greenhouse to buy the plants and the charcoal. Here is a great link to tell you how to make your own: 


Monster Bookmarks - These are easier than they first appear to be. I used the basic instructions for this craft here (but we didn't add patterned paper, we used the template as the craft itself but making three on different coloured papers): http://tallystreasury.com/2011/02/corner-page-bookmarks-3/

Ice Cream Craft - http://www.craftymorning.com/handprint-ice-cream-cone-craft/

I loved this nature weaving project! found the idea here:


Star Jar - This didn't work out as nicely as I'd hoped. The stickers totally stuck to the jar/paint and were difficult to remove while maintaining their shape. perhaps I used the wrong paint? Anyway, I based the idea on this: http://addicted2diy.com/.../02/patriotic-mason-jar-lanterns/

read a kids cookbook, pick a recipe, find or write down the ingredients (shop if necessary) , and make the recipe.

2018 Craft Ideas...no photos yet!!!

- Here's a fun fish craft: http://krokotak.com/2018/04/accordion-fold-paper-fish-2/

- Beat the heat with a Pocket Fan: https://gluesticksblog.com/2016/07/diy-pocket-fans.html

- Sidewalk Paint makes for some great outdoor art: https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/sidewalk-chalk-paint-a-diy-recipe/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=345761056_10698980_33791
- Make a Pom Pom Catapult for some high flying fun: https://livingwellmom.com/catapult-for-kids/

- Marbled Art with Milk? That's sounds too weird not to try: https://babbledabbledo.com/science-art-for-kids-marbled-milk-paper/?utm_medium=viraltag-content-network&utm_source=viraltag-post&utm_campaign=Viraltag

- Pudding Slime Time: https://thesoccermomblog.com/edible-pudding-slime/
- Watermelon Suncatchers to celebrate Watermelon Day in August:  (I can't seem to attach the link for some reason...check my Pinterest Board for a link that works: https://www.pinterest.ca/familythemeday/summer-activities-for-children/)
- Fingerprint Monsters are always fun to make: http://intheplayroom.co.uk/2015/09/07/finger-print-monsters/
- Easy Pointillism for your little artists: https://artfulparent.com/pointillism-art-for-kids/