10 Creative Ideas to Keep Kids Busy All Summer Long

For when those lazy days of summer start to feel a little too lazy.

School's out, people! And as anyone who has ever spent any time with a kid in the summer knows, it only takes a minute for end-of-year celebrations to turn into that dreaded two-word sentence. You know the one. The one that you always fear is coming. The one that drives you crazy just hearing it. The one that makes you feel exhausted just anticipating how you might rectify the oh-so-common situation.

Two siblings bored in the park.  Laying down with face in hands.

Bored Kids

Two siblings bored in the park. Laying down with face in hands.

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The very first “I’m bored” of summer might actually be the worst one of all. Because we all know it doesn’t stop there. You’ll be hearing that nagging phrase for months to come … but not anymore, friends! To save you from this yearly plight, we’ve rounded up all of our favorite kid-friendly activities to keep your not-so-stimulated sweeties occupied, entertained, and dare we say, amazed?

DIY Squishy Soap

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This colorful soap makes hand washing good clean fun.

Not only is this colorful squishy soap super fun to use, but it’s simple enough that kids can definitely lend a hand or even make the soap themselves. Consider this the summer of clean hands.

DIY Chalk Flowers

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Learn how to make colorful chalk flowers that kids will love.

Sure, you can buy chalk in the store. But kids will take pride in knowing they made these adorable two-toned masterpieces all by themselves.

Pounded Flower Scarf

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Use fresh flowers to make a beautiful floral-patterned scarf.

Let kids collect vibrant flowers from around the yard and assist you with this incredible project. They’ll love the process and learn a new skill while they’re at it. Pounded flower backpack, anyone?

DIY Felt Veggie Garden

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Give your kids a new, educational play area with this felt veggie garden.

If you don’t have access to a garden outside, this is definitely the next best thing. Educational and adorable, this sweet garden is the ideal project for your littlest babes.

Kite Bow Holder

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Leftover wrapping paper can be repurposed into a fun decorative kite for a bow holder or simple wall decor.

Tired of never being able to find the right hair accessory when you need it? The is a cute project that kids can help with and you both will benefit from later. Not to mention, it couldn’t be cuter as a colorful wall accessory.

Edible Cookie Dough

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Four Tasty Edible Cookie Dough Recipes 01:35

These safe-to-eat cookie dough combinations are the delicious sweet treats you've been missing.

One word: Yum. Every kid (and adult) always wants to lick the cookie dough right out of the bowl, right? It’s one of our most basic human instincts, IMO. But then there’s that whole food-safety issue that crushes dreams and stomps on our happiness. Finally, we have a totally safe and definitely delicious way to let everyone enjoy cookies at their finest. Feel free to let your oven retire for the summer.

Animal Pancakes

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Perk up your morning with cute animals made of pancakes and fruit.

Not so much an activity as it is a fun way to take advantage of relaxed summer mornings, these too-cute, tasty creations will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Puzzle Soap

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Make washing up fun with these colorful glycerin soaps.

More soap? You better believe it. What can we say? We like a clean kid whose hands don't have to be smelled just to prove they washed them. Fun soap is always the answer.

Flamingo Hoop Toss

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Turn yard art into a warm-weather yard game.

This one will have you wondering why you didn’t do it a long time ago. Simply spray-paint a few lawn flamingos, arrange them in the yard and have the kids test their tossing skills. To really amp up the fun, designate a certain amount of points to each color. It’s the perfect way to encourage a little outdoor play.

Succulent Garden

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Add some whimsy to your home with this charming felt garden.

For the older child, a lovely display of handmade felt succulents is the perfect way to let them embrace their creative side. Trust us. They’ll be cutting up felt all summer long.

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