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100+ Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

If you need ideas for keeping the kids busy for the remainder of summer vacation, you’ll want to check out this list of 100+ summer boredom buster ideas for kids!

100 Summer Boredom Busters - Ideas for Kids

100+ Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

It’s officially the middle of the summer in my neck of the woods, and I’ve heard a lot of parents complaining that their kids need to go back to school. I’m not sure if it’s because the kids are fighting, bored, or just ornery, but my kids are driving me nuts too. That means it’s time to get creative and find fun things for them to do to occupy the last few weeks of summer vacation. That’s why we’ve put this list of fun art projects, outdoor activities, cooking, and other learning endeavors you can do with your kids. Hopefully, this list will help you find fun things to do for the rest of the summer with your kids, no matter their age.

Art Projects

Art projects are a lot of fun when the weather is warm and you can kick the kids outside to get messy and creative. If you’d also like indoor art projects, though, we’ve got you covered there too!

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

Squirt Gun Canvas Art – SimplifyLiveLove

Glowing Camping Craft for Kids – Buggy and Buddy

Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone Craft for Kids – Crafty Morning

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

DIY: Sidewalk Chalk “Pops” – Project Nursery

10 Ways to Use Sidewalk Chalk – Castleview Academy

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids – Apple Green Cottage

Add a weekly field trip day!

  • Head to a berry patch and pick your own berries. Find a list of Pick Your Own Farms by state here.
  • Find new museums to visit.
  • Make a goal to hit all of the parks and pools in your local area.
  • Head to a country road and stop and pick flowers.

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July Garden & Homestead Tour

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to the Tuesdays in the Garden!  I always love to peek inside other people’s worlds and today I’m sharing a bit of mine with a quick tour of our home.

July Garden & Homestead Tour

If this is your first time here, welcome! I’m Michelle your friendly blogger. I live on 5 acres in rural Eastern Iowa with my husband and four kids. We grow a large garden, make our own electricity with the help of grid-tied solar panels, raise chickens for eggs and meat, and live in a super energy efficient house we’ve been building for the last three years. We also have 4H rabbits and Great Pyrenees dogs. Our homestead is a work in process – a labor of love if you will. We’ve got a lot of work yet to do, but we’ve come really far in the seven years we’ve owned it. Enjoy this tour of my gardens and our little five acre homestead!

July Garden & Homestead Tour

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July Gardening Chores for Zone 5

If you’re wondering what you should be doing in your garden in July, here’s a list of July Garden Chores for Zone 5. You should have lots to harvest this month and there’s still time to keep planting, as well!
Garden Chores for July in Zone 5

July is an exciting time for most gardeners as by now you are really seeing some early harvest stuff come out and everything else is humming right along. If you are in zone 5, this guide will help you to know what you should be doing this month and if you are not, it should still be going in order, give or take a few weeks.

To find out your zone visit this handy Zone Finder where you can plug in your zip code. The important thing to know is your frost dates. In zone 5, the average last frost date is May 15 and the average first frost is October 15. Knowing your frost date allows you to determine how many days you still have in the growing season. On July 1st, in Zone 5 for instance, I still have quite a lot of warm days left.

July Gardening Chores for Zone 5

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Natural Ways to Prevent Tick Bites

If you are heading outdoors at any point in the spring and summer (don’t we all?), it is imperative that you know how to prevent ticks from biting or attaching.Natural ways to prevent tick bites

Ticks are in every state and are notorious for carrying several kinds of parasites and illnesses that can be deadly, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Some ticks are so small they are hard to see and may be as small as a grain of pepper.

Many commercial and chemically laden products are on the market to repel ticks, but more natural options can work, too. If you’re concerned about the harmful chemicals, you might want to try natural alternatives to enjoy more worry free summer.

Natural Ways to Prevent Tick Bites

Keep your property as tick free as possible. If you have lots of grass or live in a country setting, keep your lawn short. You can also prevent ticks by keeping critters out that harbor them: deer, rabbits, and mice. Additionally, keep any compost piles as far away from your home as possible, and keep children and pets out of them as tick nymphs love a good leaf pile.

Dress properly. One of the biggest ways to prevent ticks is to dress properly to avoid them. Ticks are very likely to be in tall grass, so make sure you wear long sleeves and long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks. You may look silly, but proper clothing creates a barrier between your skin and the bug so they can’t attach or burrow. Also, light colors are best as you will be able to see any that get on you easier.
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