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20 Cheap Ways To Keep Your Kids Occupied This Summer Rain Or Shine

Rain, rain do whatever you want cuz we're having fun no matter what.

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1. Turn a box into a skee ball ramp.

See how to set it up here.
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See how to set it up here.

2. Blend crackers in a food processor for a mini-sandbox that's baby-friendly.

Genius, right? Get the tutorial here.
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Genius, right? Get the tutorial here.

3. Grab a couple of fly swatters from the dollar store for a game of balloon tennis.

See it on Little Bins for Little Hands.

4. Create a scavenger hunt that requires literally no effort.

Learn how to turn a paper bag into a scavenger hunt on I Heart Crafty Things.
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Learn how to turn a paper bag into a scavenger hunt on I Heart Crafty Things.

5. Turn watercolor palettes and water balloons into target practice.

See more backyard activities on Brit.Co.
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See more backyard activities on Brit.Co.

6. String up cups for a little playful competition.

Learn how to make this squirt gun cup race here.
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Learn how to make this squirt gun cup race here.

7. Take "Go Fish" up a knotch.

Learn how to make this fishing game out of cups, pipe cleaner, wire, and a bamboo stick here.
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Learn how to make this fishing game out of cups, pipe cleaner, wire, and a bamboo stick here.

8. Dye shaving cream for the messiest, most colorful, most fun game of Twister ever.

Cleanup is easy if everyone is in their swimsuits: just rinse them down with a hose after the game is done! Learn how to do it here.
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Cleanup is easy if everyone is in their swimsuits: just rinse them down with a hose after the game is done! Learn how to do it here.

9. Turn a shoebox into a marble roll.

Learn how to make it on One Crafty Place.
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Learn how to make it on One Crafty Place.

10. Glue toilet paper rolls to a box for a quiet maze game.

This game will also help them improve their hand-eye coordination. See it here.
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This game will also help them improve their hand-eye coordination. See it here.

11. Tape down a landing strip for their paper airplanes.

See it on Meaningful Mama.

12. Hide Legos around the house for a game that will keep them busy for hours.

Check out more ideas on What Moms Love.
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Check out more ideas on What Moms Love.

13. Turn UNO into a movement game.

Assign movements to a few different cards to burn off some energy and test their memory. Learn more on Still Playing School.
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Assign movements to a few different cards to burn off some energy and test their memory. Learn more on Still Playing School.

14. Wrangle up 12 buckets for a game of bucket ball.

Kind of like beer pong except kid-friendly. Get the instructions from Momtastic.
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Kind of like beer pong except kid-friendly. Get the instructions from Momtastic.

15. Pass a balloon around with questions written on it to help two new friends get to know each other.

Whoever catches the balloon has to answer the question closest to their left thumb. See more rules on Kiki & Company.
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Whoever catches the balloon has to answer the question closest to their left thumb. See more rules on Kiki & Company.

16. Draw a grid to reboot an old classic: Four Square!

Get the rules here.
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Get the rules here.

17. Play connect the dots with toothpicks.

Learn how to set it up here.
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Learn how to set it up here.

18. Make a ring toss out of plastic bottles.

See the setup here.
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See the setup here.

19. Make a giant dice out of a box and set up a human board game.

Get the rules here.
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Get the rules here.

20. Set up an obstacle course with whatever you have.

Jump ropes, hula hoops, chalk, ladders, and pool noodles are all fair game. Get ideas here.
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Jump ropes, hula hoops, chalk, ladders, and pool noodles are all fair game. Get ideas here.

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