Summer Daze – Week 4

Summer Daze HeaderIt’s JUNE! School is – or will be – out soon and it’s time for some fun in the sun! And Week 4 of our Summer Daze Series! Last week’s post was for the adults, but this week should satisfy the whole family!

If you’ve been following Nothing Past Nine in any capacity for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed we LOVE the outdoors! Hiking, biking, kayaking, and basically any other opportunity we get to explore and appreciate the wonder and majesty of Mother Nature – we’re all about it! Also, speaking just for myself now, I don’t think kids can get enough fresh air and activity – especially during the summer. This post is designed to provide some simple sunny (and rainy) day projects for your crew, be they young or old!

Yard Boggle Scrabble Cardboard5Board games were a huge part of my childhood and luckily I married into a family that has the same affinity! There have been a plethora of outdoor versions of many standard games flooding Pinterest, and while I would love to create something as sophisticated as this outdoor Scrabble board, I don’t have the time or resources to do that! HERE is an extremely inexpensive alternative! I love that From the Carriage House used their tiles to play Backyard Boggle too! WHEN I make my set of tiles, I will create a Scrabble set with point values and probably make them out of wood. At least something that would last more than one season! I also love this tutorial for Dominoes from Iron & Twine.

So, those may be activities for the older segment of your party, but if you haven’t seen this idea for lawn Twister, you’re missing out! Totally customizable to your munchkins (i.e. smaller dots, spread further apart or closer together), this painted lawn game will easily disappear thanks to Mother Nature! I liked Jillee’s idea of using a pizza box for template and spacing the dots!

Backyard YahtzeeUnfortunately, as my husband and I are still renting a townhouse in a golf course community, we don’t have a ton of outdoor space to entertain. This next game has been a staple in my family since before I was born, and my favorite memories of my grandmother include playing Yahtzee! Easy to teach, this classic even promotes good decision making and counting skills for the youngsters! While this tutorial from Momtastic is a bit advanced, I love the look of the dice and know this could easily be done with foam cubes, cardboard, paint, etc.!

Finally, although I could go on and on about this topic, a couple of ideas for the wee lads and lasses. For sunny days, Chicken Scratch has an extremely simple tutorial for a DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game that has an adorable bug theme. While I think the lady bugs and bumble bees are the bee’s knees, I may or may not have a plan to create a Minions set – yellow good Minions vs the purple Evil Minions!

Galaxy SlimeLastly, for those rainy days, I couldn’t resist sharing one of the many stretchy, oozy slime recipes! I love the education aspect of Twodaloo’s Night Sky Galaxy Slime. I may have to ask to babysit some of my friends’ children so I have a reason to make some of this! It’s so shiny…and colorful….and stretchy…

OK! I’ve got projects to tackle now! How about you? Will any of these make your to-do list for this summer? What’s your favorite? What would you add to this list? Share your ideas and your projects using #NPNsummerdaze on Instagram!