1) Friendship bracelets
Trip and I bought a bunch of embroidery floss last year with the intent of me teaching him how to make bracelets and necklaces. I think it would be good for his hand eye coordination, and it's something fun to do without watching t.v. My Popo made me a little board with a clip to hold my threads, but you can always use a clipboard or even just a piece of tape to hold things down. Here's a video that shows 5 of the most popular braiding styles: DIY Friendship Bracelets
Nickelodeon was all the rage in the 90s, and I remember owning a thing of Floam. It was so gross and smelled like buttered popcorn, but of course my friends and I thought it was the coolest. A lot of kids have been making slime and bringing it to school to sell. While I don't agree with sending your kids to school with it or trying to turn the classrooms into a marketplace, I'm going to let my kids make THIS unicorn slime from Hello Giggles this summer. It looks pretty and seems like it will be fun to play with (and hopefully not smell like buttered popcorn!)
3) Fortune tellers
Don't you want to know what your future holds? What you'll be when you grow up? How many kids you'll have? Who you'll marry? My friends and I loved to make fortune tellers when we were kids! We also used to play the game MASH, but I think it might be a little too girly for Trip, so we'll stick with some classic fortune tellers. If you've forgotten how to fold these things, check out THIS tutorial!
4) Brain Quest
I used to always carry around my Brain Quest cards when I was a kid, and Robert and I found some at TJ Maxx a few years back when Trip was little. Now that Ari and Trip can both read, they like to do these on their own, or sometimes we'll pull them out after dinner. One of our friends' daughters loves to be the teacher and pulls these out every time she comes over to quiz the younger kids. You can buy them from Amazon, Target, or look at your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx.
5) 90s movies
Although I'd love for my kids to be as screen-free as possible, we love to watch a movie each afternoon when it's just too hot to swim and need a brain break after doing summer homework. I've talked about it before, but my kids absolutely love some of the movies from the 90s- The Sandlot, Matilda, Aladdin, Mighty Ducks, etc. I'm looking forward to introducing them to some more classics from when I was a kid!
What were some of your favorite activities as a kid that you want to do with your own kids? Tell me in the comments below! Need some more ideas? Check out Erin's post on her family's summer bucket list HERE!
My friends Lisa, Tara, Holly, Sara & Trina are hosting our monthly link-up this Thursday! Make sure you join us to share your plans for the summer and your favorite summer recipes and activities!
In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: Weekend Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 23
Try It Thursday: Gianino's Alfredo
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