21 Fun Filled Activities to Beat the Heat {Fun in the Sun Recap}

July flew by for me.  I took off to Seattle for a reprieve from the heat and now all of a sudden August is halfway over and I am finally getting to recap the awesome event that took place right here, Fun in the Sun. I can’t thank the guest posters enough for bringing so many fun ideas to the blog to help us all survive the summer heat! Weren’t they all so amazing.  Today I compiled all of the projects to make it easier to get to them all in one click.  Don’t forget to pin it so you will remember it!



Summer Sponge Bombs, Edible Playdough, Angry Bird Cupcakes, CitiBloc fun, Peg Doll Self- Portraits

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Painting with water,  Craft Stick Puppets, Printable Car Games, At the Car Wash Play Table

Growing Butterflies, Edible Playdough with homemade dye, Homemade Fudgesicles, Silly Straw Crafting, Missoni Nails, Bubble Painting

Healthy and Fun food, Olympics Mad Libs, Olympic shoes, Modeling Clay Scenes, Easy Lemon Pie Squares 

Modeling Clay Scenes {Fun in the Sun}


One of my favorite things to do with my kids is to find something nice and cheap and just sit and create with them. When in Hobby Lobby one day, I found some uber cheap modeling clay ($1.99 for 24 colors)..we came home, sat at the table and each of them sat for 1 1/2 hours creating little scenes. 1 1/2 hours! They were completely happy..and what they came up was even better.

My 6 year old really wanted to make a squirrel and his tree, his nut and just kept adding to his scene (that is a mouse with his cheese):

Cute, right?!

My 8 year old wanted to make a large red bird with her nest and eggs (I love the black moutain silhouette in the background..he really thought of everything!):

and lastly, I found my 3 year olds interpretation of an ocean fascinating (she spent so long picking just the right colors and had to place them in just the right places..i think it is gorgeous!):

I loved the cleanup..I find modeling clay to be much better than play-dough because it binds better (so you don’t have the little tiny pieces everywhere!) This was such a fun and spontaneous activity…perfect for any day where you are looking to have some fun OUT of the sun!


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Olympic Mad Libs with Thirty Handmade Days {Fun in the Sun}

I am thrilled to have Mique today from Thirty Handmade Days. No doubt you have all been to her site and I am sure you have been inspired by this busy, creative and amazing mom! I got to meet Mique this year at SNAP! and cannot tell you how incredible she is. Today she will share one of her amazing printables and show you what a fun mom she is! Here is Mique:


Hi! I’m Mique from Thirty Handmade Days. After admiring her blog for a long time, I had the chance to meet Kiki at the Queen Bee Market at SNAP! and I adore her! Thanks for having me here today Kiki!
Around my house we’ve gone a little Olympics crazy. We played Opening Ceremony Bingo and I have my Olympics Memory Sheet all ready to go. Today I wanted to share another Olympics printable: Olympics Mad Libs.

I handed over this sheet to two of my kids. I quickly realized they didn’t know how to play Mad Libs! Mom fail. I explained that one of them needed to ask for a word (noun, adjective, number, etc) and write it down. My six year old jumped all over the chance to write.

(do you think we need more blankets or pillows on the bed?)

We ended up with a pretty crazy paragraph about the new Olympic sport where the object of the game is “sleepwalking as many sea horses as you can within three minutes!”

Hope you have as much fun as we did filling in this silly sheet! Download your Olympics Mad Libs. For personal use only. Thanks!

Thank YOU, Mique! How fun, right?! My kids are going to be all over this (especially since we have been all about the Olympics at our house the last few days!)..I cannot wait to show them! Now head on over to Thirty Handmade Days and check out a few more of Mique’s fun Olympic printables and a fun and quick project I adore:

London Olympics Memories Sheet

Olympics Bingo

Cute Headband Tutorial

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