1. Make a Water Scope for Viewing Pond Life

    A couple weeks ago, we found a book at the library called "The Kids Summer Handbook."  (Amazon Affiliate Link) Aidan was really excited about the ideas in this book!  I…

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  2. Recipe for Giant Bubble Solution

    Many years ago, I mixed up a recipe for giant bubble solution that I saw on the PBS Zoom TV show.  I was teaching science to homeschoolers at the time,…

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  3. Inexpensive Backyard Play with Rain Gutters and Drain Pipe

    This weekend, we had some fun with a trip to Home Depot and some back yard projects! We bought a 10 ft. length of black plastic drain pipe for $5.95…

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  4. Fourth of July Art and Fireworks in a Glass

    We had some festive Fourth of July fun at our house today! First, we did fireworks paintings.  We drew fireworks with glitter crayons on white heavyweight paper.  Then, we painted…

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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. Family Backyard Summer Olympics

    In honor of the upcoming Olympic Games in London, we had our own backyard Olympics this morning! We did four events:  sprint, long jump, baseball throw, and nerf gun shooting.…

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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. Bubble Target Practice

    This idea came from a friend who also has three boys!  Her youngest is the same age as my oldest, so I asked her what she used to entertain her…

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