It’s Still Hot Outside ~ Stay Cool and Have Fun!

School is starting in just a couple of weeks, but for those of us that don’t have school aged children, it is still hot outside and our focus is keeping those little ones active…..because, yes, mine too fall into the rut of watching a bit too much TV.  We live in Texas, and if you don’t, you are lucky.  Our summers are brutal ~ even this week the heat index factors were between 104-109 degrees!

With that said, here are some great homemade (quick and easy) activities for your children.


A quick and easy homemade recipe:

2 Quarts of Water

1/3 cup of Dish Soap

1/3 cup of Cornstarch

1 tsp of Baking Powder



Well….we can pray for it, right?

Using a piece of blue construction paper, trace out lightning bolts and clouds and have your child glue cotton balls … trying to stay within the lines.   What a great way to start conversation on the environment and the rain cycle.  Here is an example of one we did two summers ago.



We, unfortunately, have no access to a pool.  Therefore, we have to resort to our blowup pool…..whatever cools us off!

Take it a step further and give your child paintbrushes and have them dip their brushes in the water and then paint their ABC’s on the patio!

We also have been taking trips out to the local water pads.  Those are always so much fun….and we’ve found one that’s not overcrowded!


Cloud Dough!

If you have never made (or heard) of Cloud Dough before, you are TOTALLY missing out!

Simply mix flour with enough baby oil that the flour becomes moldable….about 1/2 of a bottle.

Although it is very messy, it is non-toxic and quite easy to clean up.  Make sure not to use water in the clean up or you will be cleaning up batter!

Summer isn’t quite over, so make it fun!








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    It is indeed hot. Unfortunately our local water pads were unable to operate this year due to a city ordinance because of drought.

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    Debbie Welchert says:

    What a lot of great ideas to end the summer with. My grandson will love doing them. We don’t have a pool but we have a hose, add a big sheet of plastic and we have an instant water slide.

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    Robin Wilson says:

    Mom ~ I would say that you are pretty good at getting them out of the TV rut! The bubbles are awesome. I love the water pad ~ how “cool” is that?!?! I wish we had one around here as I would be using it myself. I just can’t take the heat like I used to. Take care there in Texas!

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    We used a blow up pool this summer too and my grandsons really enjoyed it!

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    Sherry Compton says:

    Bubbles are always a good time. It’s even better when kids getting to participate in the fun – and mess – of making them. And you can’t go wrong with water and kids. Don’t have a pool you can use a sprinkler or simply get out the hose. Anything that sprays them works well.

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