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Picnics are WAY easier if you have everything ready to go. We keep Ziploc® bags full of paper plates, cups, napkins, silverware and straws in the car so we can picnic whenever. These DIY picnic kits are great to have for BBQs and outdoor parties, too!

Sidewalk Squirty Paint - this stuff is so fun it kept my kids playing for a whole afternoon! {Only 3 ingredients!}

Giant Sandless Beach Mat. Sand and water are instantly filtered through as soon as they fall on this mat's surface - and it can't re-emerge back through the bottom! Genius.

Bubble mix doesn't last long in the hands of a child... Create a bubble station to provide a solution. This is a total V-8 moment! Genius!!!

Use a dollar store mesh expandable laundry bag for sand toys so you can shake out the sand instead of bringing it home.

The Purposeful Mom: 35 Frugal, Fun and Simple Summer Activities for Kids

Night under the stars. Blow up kiddie pool and fill with pillows and blankets.No itchy grass, no bugs......

Holy cow, this mom is awesome. Make-it Monday, Take a Trip Tuesday, Wet Wednesday, Think About it Thursday, and Friend Friday. BRILLIANT way to stay active and avoid doing the same things over and over.

Daily schedule for summer to post on fridge - magnets glued to the backs of poster board strips.

Love this for the summer: Mom puts together lists under five different categories - Oh the Food we will Eat, Oh the Service that can be Done, Oh the Places we will Go, Oh the Crafts we will Make, and Oh the Activities we will Do; every Sunday, as a family, they plan out the week w/activities from the lists. *I love when someone else does the work for me.

Water Piñatas! Great for a hot day with the kids!

kids or no kids, these ideas are worth looking at. Ideas for how to replace TV time with something better.

- a list of daily morning activities/tasks for the kids during summer break to keep their bodies and brains active and their house clean. At the end of the week they earned 25 cents for each task completed. The afternoons were for outings, water play, playing with friends, trips to the library, etc. // power of moms