Fun Ideas for Family Staycations

22 Jun

shutterstock_40209769Are you looking for enjoyable and affordable ways to entertain your child during summer break? Consider having a staycation and making your home the hangout. Staycations can be just as fun as vacations if you are equipped with fun games to play and have exciting activities planned. The following are cheap staycation ideas for your family this summer.

Family Game Night

Include family game night in your summer staycation! Playing games as a family is fun way to bond. Consider playing Claws, Jaws, & Paws during your game night. This two to six player game is simple and entertaining, and your family will love playing it together. Exit Games are also perfect for game night. These strategy games, including Secret Lab, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and Abandoned Cabin, are ultimate brainteasers. Tenzi is also perfect for family game night. Your family will be hooked on this speedy game! Game night is a fun family staycation idea that your family will love.

Minute to Win It Competitions

Host Minute to Win It competitions at your house. Consider having a bubble popping competition as the first Minute to Win It activity. Turn on the Mr. Bubble® Double Bubble Blower Machine and have everyone see how many bubbles they can pop in one minute. We suggest having a couple of rounds so that each participant can have a personal counter to keep tally of the amount of bubbles popped. The person who pops the most bubbles in each round wins. Then, have all the winners compete to see who the ultimate bubble popper is. Another game we recommend is seeing who can build the tallest tower possible in one minute with Click Builders. The person with the tallest tower wins! A final Minute to Win It game we suggest is stacking and unstacking a pyramid with Speed Stacks Rapid Stacking Game. The participant who finishes unstacking his or her pyramid first is the winner. These games are perfect for many ages, so invite all your family and friends!

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Dance Parties

Everyone loves dance parties! Get your children moving and grooving with a dance party during your summer staycation. What’s a dance party without music? Make and build your own speaker with the IllumiCraft™ Light-Up Cell Phone Speaker Dock STEM Kit, then turn up the tunes! You can even download Kidz Bop 25 to your cell phone to play the biggest hits through your speaker. The next most important part of a dance party is the lighting. Jazz up your dance party room with the LockerBrightz™ Geometric Room Light. The whole family will love the good music, good lighting, and good times.

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Backyard Campouts

Make a backyard campout part of your family’s summer staycation. First, you’ll need to pitch a tent right in your backyard. Your family can spend time telling ghost stories and making s’mores by a fire. However, it will get dark outside, so make sure you are prepared with outdoor lights. You can even put BugBrightz™ Magical String Lights in a jar to make your own lantern. Your children will love exploring new adventures with you during your backyard campout this summer.

Make this summer one to remember with family game nights, Minute to Win It competitions, dance parties and backyard camping. The memories your family will make participating in these affordable activities will prove to be priceless. Your child will love enjoying fun family staycations this summer.

Do you have any family staycation ideas to share? Let us know by commenting below!

 

 

Extreme Backyard Summer Activities for Kids

19 Jun

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School is officially out and summer is in full swing! Your child will love playing activities this summer right in your backyard. The following are ideas for extreme backyard summer activities your youngster can participate in during their summer vacation.

DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course

Satisfy your active child by setting up a backyard obstacle course American Ninja Warrior style! Encourage your child to invite friends over to complete the course together. Only two at a time, though! You could even turn it in to a competition to see who the American Ninja Warrior backyard course champion is. Have the course begin with X-Shot™ Bubble Balls. The first person to knock the other down gets to advance to the next obstacle. The person who was knocked down must face the next participant in line. Once through the bubble ball obstacle, have the children go up and back down the Slackers 8′ NinjaLine™ Rope Ladder. Then, set up the Slackers 30’ NinjaLine Intro Kit as the ultimate challenge. Finally, the participant to make it to the Slackers Swing Seat in the quickest amount of time wins! Your child will love enjoying extreme outdoor fun this summer.

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Backyard Sports Tournaments

Host backyard basketball, football, and soccer tournaments in the dark with the NightZone™ Sports Pack! These sports balls have a strip of light in the middle, which makes them perfect for nighttime play. Playing ball in the dark will make the challenge even harder (and more fun too)! You can even come up with your own DIY backyard games to play with the light-up balls. Invite friends and family, grill out, and play the summer night away. The winner gets bragging rights! But most of all, everyone will enjoy laughing together and playing summer backyard sports for kids.

Your child will love participating in extreme backyard summer activities this summer, especially with family and friends. Go to the extreme, and make this summer one to remember!

What extreme activities will you have in your backyard this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

 

Having Fun with (Play) Food!

9 Jun

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The change of season brings yummy summer foods that everyone loves! From food trucks to summer cookouts, your little one will love eating delicious food with you. Exploring different foods can be a learning exploration for your child. Allow your little one to experience making his or her own summer (play) foods.

Food Trucks

Food trucks are a fun part of summer that many people look forward to! Your little one can participate in food truck fun with the Mega Bloks® First Builders™ Food Truck Kitchen Set. This food truck set comes equipped with the tools to make burgers, which is a classic food truck item. However, nowadays many different types of foods are served out of food trucks. Consider allowing your child to think out of the box with a sushi or pasta food truck. Vamp up your child’s food truck set with the Roll, Wrap & Slice Sushi Counter. Serving sushi out of their truck is sure to bring in the crowds. The Prepare & Serve Pasta Set could also be a great addition to your child’s personal food truck. Pasta is always a hit! From burgers to sushi to pasta, your child will love the food truck experience.

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Summer Grilling

Cookouts are so much fun in the summer sun! While experiencing an enjoyable evening with family and friends, your little one is sure to want to join in on the cooking. New Sprouts® Grill It! allows your child to have fun grilling alongside you. Equipped with steak, chicken breast, and burgers, this grill set will help your child learn to be a master griller this summer. After supper, dessert is always served at cookouts, and your little one will definitely want to help with the cake baking. Your child can make his or her own (play) cake in the oven of the Chef’s Play Kitchen & Bonus Accessory Set. Your little one will enjoy getting to be just like you with their personal play kitchen. Playing a part in the summer grilling fun will make your child feel like he or she is an excellent helper.

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The different experiences your child can have with food this summer can serve as teachable moments for you to use as a parent. Introduce your child to different foods by allowing him or her to taste and pretend to make them. Making the experience of trying new foods fun is sure to make your little one more excited about preparing and trying new foods in the future. Your child will love having fun with (play) food this summer!

What’s your child’s favorite (play) food dish to make? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

Make a Splash! Family Fun with Water

2 Jun

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Summertime is upon us, and high temperatures are coming in hot. Staying cool while still enjoying the sunshine is often a challenge. The following five ideas will help you beat the heat with your family this summer season.

 1. Play in the Sprinkler

The Grub Scouts’ Sprinkler by Melissa & Doug® is perfect for an afternoon of water fun! Running and jumping through the sprinkler is enjoyable for kids of many ages. Allow your children to invite friends over to join in on the sprinkler party. The more the merrier! Playing in the sprinkler is a simple, affordable way to stay cool while entertaining your family. The minimum set up still yields maximum fun! Your family will love spending time together splashing in the sprinkler.

2. Host Family Water Game Competitions

Tell your family to bring their game faces because it’s competition time! Playing water games with your family is sure to even get the teenagers moving. Consider hosting an Active Edge® Splash & Blast Aqua Hockey tournament! Aqua hockey is air hockey with a twist, and it will be a huge family hit! The Big Kahuna & Lil Kahuna Ball Set is fitting for any and all water games as well. The Kahuna balls are designed to bounce off of any body of water, which makes them perfect for water game competitions. No matter your game choice, allow the champion to pick the dinner menu for the night.

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 3. Float in the Pool

Splash or relax in the pool to cool off on hot summer days. Taking a dip in the pool is ideal for all members of the family. Your youngsters can splash while you relax. The Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™ Inflatable Ride-On Float is fun for Star Wars lovers of many ages. Whether you want to catch some rays or your child wants to pretend they are in the latest Star Wars movie, this float is sure to please everyone. Enjoy chilling in the pool with your family this summer.

4. Splish Splash in a Colorful Outdoor Bath

Entertain your little one with extended bath time outside. Fill up a kiddie pool and watch your child splash away. Make the experience even more enjoyable by utilizing Color My Bath Color Changing Bath Tablets (300 tablets). Watching the colors mix will captivate your child, and you can check bath time off the to-do list! Enjoy quality time and make bath time fun for your little one this summer.

5. Have a Water Balloon Fight

A water balloon fight can be a family affair from the very beginning. Have everyone help with filling up the balloons to accomplish the task in a timely manner. Teamwork makes the dream work! After everyone works together to fill up the balloons, then the fun begins! Engaging in this exciting activity with your family is a guaranteed recipe for laughter and wetness. After a hot day, being hit with water balloons will actually feel refreshing! The best part about the water balloon fight will be the memories made with family.

 

How do you plan to beat the heat this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

 

School’s Out! Five Ways to Celebrate with Your Child

25 May

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School’s out! Time to celebrate! Summertime is here, and your child could not be more excited. Share the excitement with them by celebrating together. Below are five ways to commemorate the end of the school year with your little one.

Create a Summer Guide Filled with Summer Ideas, Plans, and Goals

Brainstorm with your child all the fun activities you hope to do while school is out this summer. Once the ideas get flowing, you’ll hardly be able to stop! Creating a list will make it easy to keep your little one entertained during the summer months. As you complete each item on the list, allow your child to check it off. Then, it’s on to the next!

Plan a Summer Kick Off Night Complete with a Campfire and Ice Cream Sundaes

Enjoy sweet treats by the fire to kick off summer! From s’mores to sundaes, your little one’s sweet tooth will be satisfied. Take your child with you to the grocery to gather all the supplies. Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate! Oh my! Don’t forget to scoop up all of your child’s favorite toppings for the ice cream sundaes, complete with whipped cream and cherries to top it off. Whipped cream and marshmallow mustaches by the fire will be a huge hit!

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Have a Summer Celebration Dance Party

School is out! Time to break it down with your youngster in celebration! But what’s a dance party without lights and music? Dance the night away with the IllumiCraft™ Light-Up Cell Phone Speaker Dock STEM Kit. Your little one is sure to enjoy the silly and carefree quality time with you.

Enjoy an Afternoon of Fun in the Sun

Soak up the sunshine with your little one this summer! Two of the best parts about summer are the sun and the fun it brings. Just Add Sun Science & Art Kit combines fun and sun through activities that are powered by solar energy. It’s so fun; it won’t even feel like learning! You might even learn a thing or two as well. Experiment with your little one making art and snacks with the help of the sun. Have fun in the sun!

Host a Picnic at the Park With Friends

Food and friends, what could be better? A picnic at the park is the perfect way to celebrate summer with your child. Allow them to invite a few friends, and let them play the day away. After lunch, they can play on the playground, draw with Crayola® Washable Sidewalk Chalk, and even have a Robo Balance Board competition! Whoever can balance the longest gets a prize. Your little one will love celebrating summer break with you and friends at the park.

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 What activities do you plan to do with your child this summer? Share your plans by commenting below!

Memorial Day Fun with Your Little One

19 May

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Memorial Day is quickly approaching! What better way to spend the long weekend than quality time with your little one? Explore the outdoors during Memorial Day weekend and show respect to those who have lost their lives while serving our country with the following Memorial Day activities for children.

Outdoor Adventures

Pool

It’s the end of May, the sun is shining, and a day at the pool has never sounded better! Your child will love relaxing in the pool with you on Memorial Day, but what’s a pool day without toys and floats? Your little one can float the weekend away in the pool on the Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon Inflatable Ride-On Float or Jumbo Flip Flop Pool Float. Your family can also enjoy some fun in the sun with the Big Kahuna and Lil’ Kahuna Ball Set.

Games

Spend some quality time with your child on Memorial Day by playing games together. Do you have a favorite game to play with your little one? It can be as simple as game of tag or hide-and-go-seek. You could even make a dodgeball tournament a family affair with the Coop Scatter Dodgeball Game. Making time to play games with your child during Memorial Day weekend is a great way to get the quality time in you both desire.

Grilling Out

After so many activities, bellies will be rumbling! Though there isn’t much for little ones to do while you cook on a hot grill, New Sprouts® Grill It! will allow your child to participate by working alongside you and making pretend burgers for the crowd. As you know, every moment counts, so embrace your youngster’s desire to be just like you.

Showing Respect

The purpose of Memorial Day is to show respect to those who have lost their lives while fighting for our country. It’s important to teach your child the value of showing respect for those who have died while serving the U.S. Armed Forces. By participating in the following activity together, you and your child can show respect to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.

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Wave the Flag

Materials:

  • Small American flag

What to Do:

  1. Recite the following rhymes, modeling each line’s appropriate action.
  2. Have your child practice the rhymes several times.

Wave the Flag

Wave the flag high, (wave a small flag or hands in the air)

Up to the sky, (point to the sky)

Red, white and blue, (show one finger for red, two for white, three for blue)

We salute you. (put right hand over the heart)

See Our Flag (Tune: “Farmer in the Dell”)

See our flag wave

In the land of the brave,

Red, white and blue,

To our country we are true.

More to Do:

  • Art: Have your child make copies of the original American flag. Give each child a 4” x 6” piece of white paper with a square in the upper left-hand corner and 13 uncolored stripes. Starting at the top, have the children color every other stripe red and the square blue. Give them 13 silver adhesive stars to place on the blue square. Help the children tape a craft stick to the backs of the flags for a flagpole.
  • More Art: Have your child cut out pictures of red, white, and blue food from old magazines and use them to make collages.

Source: The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

 How do you plan to celebrate Memorial Day? Share your plans by commenting below!

Fostering Creativity in Your Child

12 May

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Providing opportunity and support for creative growth for your child can be difficult. Often between work, dinner, homework, and sports there seems to be less and less time for your child’s creative outlets. In addition to less time at home, schools are often losing more and more of their art programs as focus shifts to promoting STEM education. Finding a balance is key to creating a fostering environment for your child’s exploration of the arts. Consider the following activities as ideas of ways that you can weave creative moments into your child’s everyday life.

Provide the tools to create a masterpiece.

  • Gather all of your “child-friendly” art supplies into one central location for easy access and so that they can know what they have to freely create with.
  • Give them tools of their “trade”, such as providing a ballet bar for your little twirler, taps shoes for your jumping jack, and a box of costumes for your tiny actor to use in their living room performances.
  • Consider the Craft-tastic® Idea Box, which provides all the craft supplies and ideas that help kids tap into their own creativity.

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Provide the space to create.

  • It can be as simple as a basket of supplies and a blanket, a kitchen table covered in newspaper, or a whole crafting corner as long as there is a safe space to make stuff without worry of their safety or destroying of your favorite carpet.
  • Provide a quite space for your writer or painter to work without distractions.
  • No clear open space? Take art outside! Paint in the grass or even with sidewalk chalk! With the Chalktivity Stomp ‘n Stamps, they can create magical star and moon prints with every step or create a rainbow of color with the Chalktivity Rainbow Jump Rope.
  • Clear a space in the basement for your ballerina to practice her twirls. Help create a makeshift stage, complete with a blanket curtain, for your little actor to perform a play for the family.

Encourage multiple explorations.

  • Creativity is found beyond the coloring page. Be sure to expose your child to multiple aspects of the arts because you never know when an activity will spark a lifetime love and even a future profession.
  • Consider theater, singing, film, and dance camps. Perfect for exploring interests without a yearlong commitment.
  • Let them explore learning how to play musical instruments. Don’t want to commit to professional lessons? Try YouTube or the Toccata Musical Measure Blocks (which teaches about measures, rhythm, & meter).
  • Provide them an example! Don’t be afraid to show them that you can be creative too by dancing around the living room, helping them create a college of pictures, and playing a role in their backyard show.
  • Finally, provide opportunity. Whether it’s performing a song for their grandparents or painting a canvas for daddy’s office, find opportunities to not only encourage but also showcase their creative abilities as they continue to develop.