1. 10 Ways for Kids to Burn off Energy (Without Tearing Down the House!)

    With four boys, our house has a lot of noise and a lot of energy!  (If you want a demonstration, just check out the video in this post!)  I would…

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  2. Make Your Own PVC Pipe Swords

    Two summers ago, we got some PVC pipe and various connectors and let the boys build their own PVC sprinklers in the back yard.  Gresham (age 4 at the time)…

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  3. Vertical Bowling (With Plastic Cups!)

    Here is a fun indoor game for kids that creates a satisfying crash with (hopefully) no damage to people or furniture! My boys have always enjoyed building with plastic cups.…

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  4. Bean Bag Knock Down Game

    Here's an idea for active indoor play - a bean bag knock down game!  What boy doesn't like to knock things down? Last weekend, the boys were all sick, and…

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  5. Backyard Water Play for Preschoolers

    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…

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  6. Water Spray Bottle = Fun for a Buck!

    Owen LOVES spray bottles.  The other day, I was washing dishes and noticed a funny noise going on in the background... It was Owen with the bottle of OxiClean!  When…

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  7. Summer Fun: Hunting for Insects

    Because we ended our homeschooling year by studying about insects in our science book, we have been especially aware of the ones that we find around our yard. The boys…

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  8. Make Your Own Sprinkler with PVC Pipes

    This month's issue of Family Fun magazine had a build-your-own sprinkler toy out of PVC pipes, and we decided to make our own.  We didn't follow the Family Fun directions…

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  9. Cheap Sword Idea - Fun Noodles

    My boys are really into swords, but unfortunately, sword fighting is not a great indoor activity... (Couldn't they just color in coloring books sometimes??) We usually love Nerf, but the…

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  10. Plastic Fork Catapults

    This activity is definitely filed under "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" My boys love turning their silverware into catapults to fling food (grapes work really well for this…

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