Swimming Pool Games

These fun swimming pool games are great for pool parties, getting together with friends or a family pool day.  Sharks and Minnows: Generally Sharks and Minnows is played in the deep end of a large pool. The game starts out with one person selected as the shark and the rest as the minnows. The shark starts in the water on one side of the pool and the minnows usually start on the deck of the other side (if they are playing in water deep enough to dive into). The game starts by the shark calling out “It’s dinner time!” or […] Read more »

Outdoor Summer Games

Simple summer days – don’t you love them? Easy meals, relaxed fun with family and friends, a carefree feeling in the air. Here’s a few outdoor summer games for your family to try. You probably have most, if not all of the items needed. Get your camera out and grab a few silly shots! 1. Noodle Toss Hang a hula hoop from a tree and see who can toss a pool noodle through it. Have a starting line and when you get the noodle through you take a step back. The player who is the farthest away is the winner. […] Read more »

Summer Water Games For Kids

Celebrate summer with these fun water games your kids will love!! You probably already have all the items you need, let the fun and laughter begin!   1. Water Balloon Relay Fill balloons with water – two for each child. Divide them equally into two buckets. Have the kids line up away from the buckets and on your word, the first player from each team runs to their bucket, puts a balloon on the floor and bounces on it until it bursts. Then they run back to their team and tags the next player. The team that pops all their […] Read more »

Making a Rock Garden

Making a rock garden is a great way to be creative and have fun with your kids. Start by looking for rocks of all shapes and sizes, watching for flat, smooth stones. You may have to collect them over time so start looking now and keep them on the side until you gather enough. Look for rocks that can be turned into animals, flowers, dragons or fairies. Clean the stones in warm, soapy water and let dry. Use a pencil to sketch out your design on the surface of the rock. It can be an animal, insect, flower or anything […] Read more »

Nature Camp In Your Own Backyard

One of the best ways for kids to learn how particular insects and spiders behave is to observe them up close. The challenge is to replicate the bugs habitat with the appropriate temperature, light, and moisture levels. Try this easy craft and have a nature camp in your own back yard! Cut off the upper third of a 2- liter clear plastic soda bottle. Fill the bottom with a little dirt or sand. Then create a hiding place using some vegetation, a crumpled piece of paper towel, or a paper cup. Next, wrap a piece of nylon stocking or cheesecloth […] Read more »

Summer Crafts For Kids: Create A Building

This creative DIY activity is fun for your whole family! One of the great things about it is you probably have most of the items on hand.     Start by collecting small cardboard boxes such as cereal, pasta and spaghetti boxes. Stuff them with newspaper until they’re sturdy. Using packing or masking tape, attach some of the boxes together form an assortment of buildings and houses. Cut 1″ x 6″ strips of newspaper. Create a decoupage mixture with equal parts white glue and water. Dip the newspaper strips into the mixture and cover the boxes with them. Alternate the […] Read more »