homemade play doh recipe

Summer Favorites, Inside Fun

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Some summer days require inside activities, whether it’s rain, heat or just a necessary rest day, it’s nice to have some things on hand to make those days at home, just as special as the days on the go.  This list will certainly not disappoint, starting with breakfast.  

What fun to wake up to these Mickey Waffles!  We are a big Disney loving family. And when you can’t be in the parks, the next best thing is to bring the parks home. I have two high schoolers, and let’s be real, breakfast isn’t a top priority for them.  I recently found these Mickey Waffles in Target https://www.target.com/p/kellogg-s-eggo-mickey-mouse-frozen-homestyle-waffles-10ct/-/A-52087284 and can’t wait to surprise the girls with a fun summer breakfast. Add some fresh picked strawberries and home made whipped cream and summer will start off right guaranteed!

– Denean, www.deneanmelcher.com

Another fun idea to keep little and big people happy and hands busy, is homemade play-dough.  

Ingredients: Steps:

2 Cups White Flour Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl

¾ Cup Iodized Salt Carefully add oil and hot water

3 Tbs. Cream of Tarter Stir together until blended

1 ½ Tbs. Vegetable Oil Knead dough, and add more flour until you reach your 

2 Cups Boiling Water desired consistency.  

-Lily, www.thehybridhome.net

 

Bringing the outside in is one of my absolute favorite things and one way I do that is houseplants! This isn’t necessarily summer specific, but if you’re looking for some easy or very low maintenance plants then ZZ plants, Snake plants and pathos should be your go-tos. For my outdoor garden area I am loving Salvia bushes. They are stunning, hardy and attract pollinators! 

– Katie, humblemotherhood.com


Sometimes life hands you lemons. In the form of rain in summer. And then you need a backup indoor plan. And let’s face it, keeping three girls in the teen/tween ages occupied all summer can be trying.  This is one of our favorite games to play together,  Trivial Pursuit - Family Edition . I love that there are questions for kids and adults so we can keep a level playing field. 

-Denean, www.deneanmelcher.com

Another fun activity for those rainy or just necessary inside days, are Fuse Beads.  This kit will bring back all sorts of summer fun memories like crafting at camp with your BFF, LYLAS, forever and always!  These kits allow kids (and adults) to craft little figures, or to make keychains or gifts for others.  They are so much fun and easy to follow a pattern or to be creative and make something completely original.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQF2YR3/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_ocy7Cb0JRW1Q6    

-Lily, www.thehybridhome.net

Finally, there is this resource for summer prep and activities "For the Children's Sake".  I “homeschool” Luke right now using the Charlotte Mason method and this book has been so helpful! She doesn’t recommend formal lessons until around 6 years old so we’re just doing a very gentle introduction of her methods; mainly focusing on things like habits, nature study, unstructured play time and digging deeper into learning about things as Luke directs. I’ve also started reading Charlotte Mason’s volumes as well, but Susan Macaulay has broken it down into a bit more of a bite size book for a busy mama like me!

– Katie, humblemotherhood.com