Bring the outside inside, especially on the rainiest of days. But wait, there's more: This DIY terrarium takes things up a notch when the sun goes down.
What happens when you turn rubber chickens into a game of mini golf?! Pure fun.
Sidewalk chalk is already a classic summer activity. These mandala stencils take things to the next level.
A GolfHr Institute favorite, Star Toss makes the classic game of horseshoes more accessible for kids ages 6+. The best part? It can be played in the backyard and on the beach.
Is it really even summer if you don't have frisbee golf set up in the backyard?
This fun game is a sneaky way to get the kids to practice their math skills, even when school's not in session.
Spend the morning making these creative bookmarks, and spend the afternoon at the library where the kids can pick out their summer reads.
The GolfHr Institute gives these foot-controlled, foam-tipped rockets their stamp of approval. Plus, they're pretty much guaranteed to keep your kids out in the backyard for an afternoon.
Ask your teen about this volleyball-four-square hybrid, and they'll be shocked you're so in the know. Even better if you surprise them with it!
Your kids are going to freak out over this gadget that lets you make your own candy bars.
Perfect for kids ages 3+, the GolfHr Institute found this to be a hit with toddlers since it's easy for little hands to maneuver. Bonus: It makes outrageously big bubbles.
Combining snack time with a cute craft is pretty much the biggest parenting win in the book.
Slime is everywhere these days. You can switch up the color — try and ! — for something a little more summery.
It's amazing what a simple , some and can do — summer blooms come and go but these paper bouquets are forever.
This art project may turn into an epic water gun fight but don't worry, that's why washable paint exists.
What you'll need: squirt guns ($5 for two, ), liquid watercolors ($11, ), watercolor paper ($11, ), easel ($39, )
The driveway is simply a canvas for neon artwork (and a playground for little ones).
What you'll need: water balloons ($8, ), liquid watercolors ($24, )
Start planning your beach trip because these DIY towels need to make their debut ASAP.
What you'll need: white towel ($34 for four, ), powder dye ($6, )
Toss all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag, make sure it's totally sealed, and hand it over to the kids. They can shake it for about 10 minutes and then — voila — ice cream for everyone!
Blowing bubbles and painting are two fun summer activities the kids already love. Why not combine them?
What you'll need: bubble wands ($7, ), bubble solution ($9, ), food coloring ($5, )
Help little ones work on their fine motor skills by playing with no-mess pool noodles.
What you'll need: pool noodles ($11 for four, )
Our favorite activities on hot summer days are ones that involve ice. Your toddler will be totally fascinated.
Put a summertime twist on the classic baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano by using a watermelon as the base!
Since virtually every painting project turns into a craft, you might as well set them up with a cute thumb-print pineapple.
What you'll need: finger paint ($11, )
This three-ingredient "sand" — made with , , and — is super soft, moldable and long-lasting. Just be sure to put down a plastic sheet (it's messy!) before you let the kids have at it.
Encourage budding architects to shoot for skyscraper heights with only two materials — and .
This project is a two-in-one — kids have to scavenge for rocks before the phase.
No fire pit? No problem. Line with foil and charcoal and set up individual s'more roasting stations.
These so-sweet bars get their classic shape from and their creaminess from vanilla yogurt.
Pro tip: After making your bouncy balls, let them sit 10 to 20 minutes before trying them out — they'll bounce higher!
These pipe-cleaner stars are sure to wow kids — just be sure to make it clear that they're not rock candy! And reminder: Whenever working with Borax, do an allergy test and keep an eye on young kids.