This Mom’s Essentials For Backyard Summer Fun

During the summer months we spend a lot of time outdoors. Especially in our backyard.

I like to have plenty of games and fun for the kiddos to keep them from getting bored. When the kids are bored, no one is going to be happy!

It also gets incredibly hot where we live, as in living on the surface of the sun HOT! Staying cool while we play outside is a MUST!

So, me being me, I just have to share with you some of this mom’s essentials for backyard Summer fun!

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This outdoor inflatable bowling set by Kleeger is a ton of fun!

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Y’all this set is perfect for the whole family! Even the smallest of children have an absolute blast. And trust me, you will want to join in on the action too. 😉

If you have a swimming pool, or visit one close by, pool toys are a must! We are absolutely loving these Jellyfish Sinkers by Melissa and Doug.

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These are perfect if you have younger swimmers, or a beginner swimmer. They are easy to spot, and they float down simulating an actual jellyfish!

Fun water play is a constant in our backyard. If you don’t have access to a pool, or even if you do, water guns are a sure fire winner!

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This Nerf Super Soaker Breach Blaster is amazing! It is very easy to fill, and reaches long distances. The older kids, and maybe the adults too 😉 , have so much fun playing with these. These will definitely keep you cool!

I am in love with this trampoline waterpark attachment!

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Tell me this doesn’t look like the most amazing thing ever?!? This mama would be jumping for days!

Have you seen the new craze with crochet water balloons? These things are fantastic!

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They are reusable, and eco friendly. No more hassle with filling up those pesky water balloons, and zero clean up!

If you happen to crochet there is a great pattern by Left In Knots here. If you would prefer to purchase the balloons, you can find them in my shop. 🙂

Another favorite of ours, on those summer nights, is a backyard campfire. These Mystic Fire Colorant packs will turn your fire into a whole new thing!

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These packs turn your fire into a rainbow of colors, and lasts for awhile. The kids will be amazed, and you will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood.

And while we are on the subject of campfires…can we just say S’mores?

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

These Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are perfect for little hands. They extend up to 34″, and come in 5 assorted colors in a pack. Perfect for keeping those ‘assigned’ skewers straight. 😉

Our youngest has a slight obsession with bubbles. When I feel like taking our bubble time to the ‘next level’, I go with mega bubbles.

This Mom's Backyard Essentials For Summer Fun

Aren’t these the BEST?!? The kids just love the mega bubbles…okay maybe I do too. You can get the big bubble mix and wand here.

Now pardon me while I get my trampoline water park on!

What are some of your favorite things to do in the backyard during the summer?

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This Art Project Is A Must For Kids

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Summer Break is in full swing, and this mama is trying her best to beat the Summer boredom blues!

You may have read my post on our family’s Summer Bucket List. One of the things on the list that the kiddos really wanted to try was an art project to display in our Playroom.

This mommy’s gears got turning. I needed to find a project that would keep the kiddos entertained, and turn out beautiful. I think we hit the mark!

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

Y’all I am super excited to share this super fun art project with you today. It involves paint filled water balloons…what is not to love?!?

The kiddos had an absolute blast doing this, and seeing what color paint would splatter next.

The supplies I used for this project were:

Canvas 16×20 – feel free to use whichever size you prefer

Acrylic Paint in assorted colors

Push Pins

Washi Tape

Water Balloons

Trash bags for ponchos (to keep everyone’s clothes as clean as possible)

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Please note: This frazzled mommy grabbed the wrong balloons which are pictured here. I did end up using water balloons for the finished project.

First things first. You will need to decide if you want to create any words on your canvas. We decided to ‘write’ Be You in Washi tape, which I think is absolutely perfect for a play room! 🙂

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art ProjectNext you will place push pins through the back of your canvas. This helps with making the balloons pop.

I used a lot of push pins because I had a two year old participating in the project. I wasn’t sure how well her aim would be, so I wanted to make sure her balloons popped.

If you have older kids participating you may not need as many pins. But, if in doubt I would definitely add as many as possible.

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The next step is to fill your paint filled water balloons. Confession time: I had no free hands to take pics during the process of filling up the balloons, but I will try my absolute best to describe it to you.

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Grab yourself one of these handy dandy condiment bottles from the Dollar Store, Target, etc. I would have lost my mind without this thing!

I filled the bottle about a quarter of the way with paint, and added an equal amount of water. Swirl it around a little bit to make sure everything is mixed nicely, and then fill your balloon and tie off.

If you run out of water, add a bit more to the bottle and swirl it around again. Once you reach a much higher concentration of water than paint, add more paint.

I would also probably use Tempura paint next time as it is a bit more liquid, and washable. But hey, I like to live on the edge, so I used acrylic. 😉

Place your paint filled balloons in a safe container where they will not pop!

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You will definitely want to make some trash bag ponchos for yourself and the kiddos. This project can get cray cray messy in like 1 second!

If you aren’t sure how to do this here is an easy to follow guide.

Now prop that canvas up outside…preferably in a grassy area, and let those kiddos go to town! P.S. You will probably want to join in the fun too!

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Here is what our finished product looked like after we were all done popping.

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Once we finished popping the balloons, I removed all of the push pins, and placed the canvas on a flat surface to dry. Once it has completed drying, remove the wash tape.

While the canvas was drying, the 2 year old decided the painting needed a little something extra. She went crazy hand and finger painting all over it! Such is #MomLife!

Honestly I think it is perfect, finger paint additions and all!

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The kiddos had so much fun making this, and they are super proud of what they accomplished!

What do you think of this idea? Leave me a comment below.

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50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe May is over! Cue the music…School’s Out for Summer!

Summer break means fun and excitement, while simultaneously causing dread and anxiety to mothers everywhere! Ahem…you know it does, who are you kidding? 😉

Well, have no fear because I have just the thing to cure what ails you! The Summer Bucket List.

This Summer our family decided to put together a list of all of the things that we would like to see, create, and do over the Summer break.

We gathered our family around, and everyone got to contribute. Even our youngest had suggestions…who may have been a little hard to understand, but I think I got all of her suggestions written down. 🙂

This is such a fun thing to do, because the kiddos answers may surprise you. Our oldest suggested things that weren’t even on my mommy radar.

The Summer Bucket List is great for planning out your day, and also for those times when boredom hits…you can proudly exclaim ‘Let’s look at our Bucket List!’

We like to put our Summer Bucket List on display in the kitchen so everyone passes by it daily. The kiddos also LOVE getting to mark things off of the list too.

Since you may be asking yourself ‘Sounds great, but where do I start?’. I thought I would share some examples of what is on our list to get you started.

  1. Get first library card
  2. Go bowling – Check out Kids Bowl Free
  3. Make Snowcones
  4. Have an outdoor movie night
  5. Take a mini weekend road trip
  6. Pick strawberries
  7. Visit a museum
  8. Tour your own city – This is really fun! Act like a tourist in your own town.
  9. Complete a jigsaw puzzle50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  10. At least 3 Playdates with friends
  11. Paint a picture
  12. Go to an arcade
  13. Play putt putt golf
  14. Visit a park
  15. Make tie dye t-shirts
  16. Make our own Minute to Win It game complete with prizes
  17. Go to a drive in movie
  18. Visit the zoo
  19. Service project of your choice
  20. Dance in the rain on a rainy day
  21. Go to a baseball game50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  22. Go roller skating
  23. Fly a kite
  24. Have a pajama party – let the kids stay up a little late, have popcorn, and play games
  25. Dance party – everyone gets a chance to show off their favorite moves
  26. Have a picnic
  27. Make some treats and share with neighbors
  28. Visit a farmer’s market
  29. Make homemade ice cream
  30. Plant an herb garden
  31. Slip and slide races
  32. Have a backyard campfire complete with S’mores
  33. Make a sidewalk chalk masterpiece
  34. Watch fireworks
  35. Gaze at the stars
  36. Make giant bubbles – recipe for giant bubbles here
  37. Build a sandcastle
  38. Go swimming50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  39. Catch fireflies
  40. Get ice cream from an ice cream truck
  41. Water balloon fight
  42. Go camping
  43. Scavenger Hunt
  44. Put on your own play
  45. Make popsicles
  46. Write a story
  47. Summer Reading Program
  48. Paint Pet Rocks
  49. Yes Day – this is a day where you have to YES to everything (within reason of course!)
  50. High Five Mom because she is AWESOME!

I hope you fall in love with this new tradition as much as our family has. It is such a great way to stay connected as a family, and a wonderful way for us moms to keep it together over the break.

I’m linking up with Erin at Perfectly Port Family where fellow mommy bloggers are sharing their bucket list ideas.

Because I love my ladies, I have included a Summer Bucket List printable to help you get started. Happy Summer Bucket Listing! XO


Summer Bucket List Printable


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