It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
- John Cheever

Fun things to do!

And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
- William Shakespeare

Make a Necklace!

Put a piece of tape around some string or yarn and make a necklace out of Fruit Loops or Cheerios.

Recipe for Play Clay

Combine 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water, a tablespoon of oil, a half cup of salt and 2 tablespoons of cream of tarter and 2 teaspoons of food coloring in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for a few minutes until you can't stir it any more and then let cool. Knead to make smooth and have fun making into pots, little animals and beads. Store in an airtight container.

Crystal Balls

Put water balloons in the freezer overnight. The next day when they are solid remove the balloon. They make the most wonderful fairy globes, crystal balls, ice orbs... try holding up a flashlight to one in a dark closet and see all the ice fissures. Magic!

Easy to Make Stilts

Just thread a piece of heavy string through holes punched in the sides of empty juice cans. Have a race, put on a circus!

Secret Spy Phones

This classic toy is tons of fun. All you need is two plastic cups or clean tin cans and a piece of string. Carefully punch a hole in the bottom of each cup and connect with a length of string. The sound will travel though the string when you pull it tight. Set up a secret spy base. (A card table or two chairs with a sheet will work quite well.)

Other Ideas for Creative Play

Dance around to music.

Put on a play or a movie and sell tickets and make popcorn..

Have a "snowball fight" using old newspapers wadded up to be "snowballs"

Make a comic book or write a newspaper.

Draw with water on the sidewalk.


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""In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
 - Albert Camus


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