Here is another screen-free summer idea – set up a backyard water play area!
I had decided ahead of time that this would be an “Owen-speed” activity – it seems like we are often doing things that he is not old enough for yet, and it’s nice when he gets to enjoy doing 3-year-old things.
I put a Rubbermaid container on the porch, and the boys stayed busy for quite a while filling it up from the outside faucet with plastic cups! Then they played with toy sharks, a couple of cups with holes poked in the bottom, a spray bottle, and a pack of sponges. They had a lot of fun “painting” on the porch with the sponges! We also cut the bottom off of a plastic milk jug, and they had fun pouring water through that.