8 Effortless Summer Fun Ideas For Lazy Moms Like Me

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de9d162f0ff66246fd4e0c6d0a9bda79There are so many amazing craft and activity ideas on the Internet and I’m always on the look out for fun things to do with my kids that don’t cost a ton of money or require a whole lot of crafty skill. For those of us who didn’t send our kids to camp, a lot of us are dealing with kids who are tired of reading or playing video games or being made to clean their already-clean rooms, so I dug around the web and found some ideas we all may wanna try. If you are anything like me, you want things that are fun and easy and don’t require a ton of supplies, or you want the supplies to be found at your local discount or dollar store, so I haven’t included anything too tricky. If you can think of anything else, feel free to leave me a comment because I love hearing how you all are beating summer boredom, plus, your boozy popsicle recipes!

Make Your Own Bubble Wands 



From We Have Aars. I love this idea so much because my kids are all bubble obsessed and this seems easy enough that my youngest could do it. There is even a recipe for make-you-own bubble solution.

Glow In The Dark Ringtoss 


From Rockabyebaby music.

My kids love glow-in-the-dark everything, and you know every dollar store everywhere sells those glow in the dark light up necklaces. I even want to play this one.

How To Make Spongebombs 


From Innerchild Fun.

How clever is this? And I love that these can be reused all summer and you could even stick them in the bath with your kid after a hot and sweaty day. All it takes are sponges and hair elastics, and there is a video tutorial at the above link. Plus, they seem a lot less messy than water balloons, but….

Water Balloons! 


From Tip Junkie.

I love the idea of using water balloons for batting practice. And for us grownups I also found this terribly clever idea using water balloons on Pinterest.



Homemade Popsicles

lemon-blueberry-popsicles-at-tatertots-and-jello From tatortots and jello.

There are so many yummy looking popsicle recipes out there but these look particularly good, and the recipe is so simple. All I wanna know is if we can add vodka to them.

 Outdoor tents



Oh seriously, Ffffffffffff you Pinterest! But I had to show you guys this so you can all swoon with envy with me. I want this. Badly. I need this! But anyway, I so want my kids to have an outdoor reading and playing hidey space and even if they (By they I mean ME) can’t have this I need to rig them up something simple like this:



Firefly Jar 



How easy is this? And since we already have the glow sticks from the nigh time ring toss game there is no excuse not to make these.


Tissue Paper Flowers


From Pinkofperfection.  If your weather has been anything like mine, it has been raining so much that playing outside has been difficult. I used to love making tissue paper flowers as a kid and due to the muddy grass it’s been hard to pick flowers so next time the weather stinks I will make some with my kids.

I’m sure you guys have more ideas, but all of these seem easy for lazy moms like me who are petrified of glue guns. Now I’m going to chill some booze in a bucket of water balloons and start cutting out sponges so I can watch my kids bomb each other.

(Image: Pinterest)


  1. SusannahJoy

    July 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Psh, you can add vodka to anything. And if they don’t actually freeze right, well that’s ok too. Pour into glass. Add ice cubes. And straw. Enjoy. Or get all kinds of crazy and stick into the blender!

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      OK now tell me how I make that super fancy tent!

    • SusannahJoy

      July 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      uh… bribe a creative person who’s good at building things with some of those vodka blueberry slushies to build it for you?

    • Eve Vawter

      July 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm


    • Paul White

      July 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      I like where your mind is at!

  2. JLH1986

    July 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I babysat in summers in high school…with the parents ok, I would get water color paints and let the kids go nuts on a huge piece of paper (from the parent/teacher store). Every now and then I’d let them “tattoo” each other with said water paints. They thought it was like the coolest thing ever, plus the water when they got baths before mom was home was “neat”

  3. Emmali Lucia

    July 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Make those (Add some more booze than the recipe says), throw them in the freezer, then shove a toothpick in them and TADA! Boozy popsicles.

  4. Kale

    July 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    glow in the dark paint is better than a glow stick and lasts a long time.. you also recharge it.

  5. CortCab

    July 9, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Even though she’s crazy, I liked when I saw that Kate Gosselin used to mix up batches of instant pudding, stick the kids on swimsuits, and then let them “paint” on paper or their own bodies. Then you just hose them off when it’s all over.

  6. Emily

    July 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    We live at the beach and have a pool across the street and the kids go NUTS for the sprinkler in the yard. Maybe because we added a “water blob” – filled waterbed bladder (from freecycle) with a sprinkler on it. (You can also make one with a big sheet of thick plastic and some duct tape.) Sometimes, we have the slide land on it.

    Also fun: “excavating a glacier”. Take a big Tupperware thingy. Add some (~1″?) of water and some of those random plastic thingies that you are always getting in birthday party goody bags. Freeze. Repeat, adding layers until it is full. Turn out of Tupperware onto lawn, give kids a little hammer, and let them have it it to find the treasures. (It’s all fun and games until someone smashes a sibling’s finger with a crab mallet.)

    And, my personal favorite: the happy hour playdate. Yesterday, had friends over… six kids entertained each other while moms sat with a glass or two. Good times.

  7. SpicyCrispyPuppy

    July 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I tried the firefly jars months ago. I was heartbroken, because they do not, cannot, no matter what, work. all it does is clump glitter and bits of glass from the glowstick in stinky balls.

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