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29 Cheap And Easy DIYs That Will Help Parents Survive The Summer

These months can seem like forever if you're not prepared.

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1. Turn a regular beach towel into a poolside poncho.

This makes drying your kids off after a swim a snap. Find the DIY here.
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This makes drying your kids off after a swim a snap. Find the DIY here.

2. Set up an epic slip 'n slide in the backyard.

Learn how to become your neighborhood's favorite parent here.
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Learn how to become your neighborhood's favorite parent here.

3. DIY a mason jar into "fairy lights."

Your kid's summer nights will be unforgettable. Learn how to make them here.
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Your kid's summer nights will be unforgettable. Learn how to make them here.

4. DIY your kids their own mini water blobs.

As opposed to the larger water blobs you may have seen, these fill up quickly. Learn how to make them here.
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As opposed to the larger water blobs you may have seen, these fill up quickly. Learn how to make them here.

5. Make chore charts using cookie sheets and magnets.

Your kids will get a kick out of moving a magnet into the "done" section whenever they complete a chore. Find the DIY here.
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Your kids will get a kick out of moving a magnet into the "done" section whenever they complete a chore. Find the DIY here.

6. You can also keep your kids busy with summer activity jars.

Each stick has an activity written on the back. Find the how-to here.
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Each stick has an activity written on the back. Find the how-to here.

7. Transform a pool noodle into a lightsaber.

These will keep your kids busy while they wait for Episode VII. Find the DIY here.
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These will keep your kids busy while they wait for Episode VII. Find the DIY here.

8. DIY a pool towel rack with PVC pipe.

Kids use a lot of towels in the summer, but this rack will dry them all — quickly. Find the how-to here.
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Kids use a lot of towels in the summer, but this rack will dry them all — quickly. Find the how-to here.

9. Make a low-cost wet bag out of a dollar store shower curtain.

Make coming home from the pool a lot less messy. Find the DIY here.
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Make coming home from the pool a lot less messy. Find the DIY here.

10. Throw a backyard movie night with this DIY outdoor movie screen.

This giant screen can be had for around $70. Learn more here.
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This giant screen can be had for around $70. Learn more here.

11. DIY a tent for your kids to read and draw in.

Now your kids can stay in the shade while enjoying the outoors. Find the DIY here.
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Now your kids can stay in the shade while enjoying the outoors. Find the DIY here.

12. Put together an ouch pouch.

This on-the-go first-aid kit is guaranteed to be a lifesaver at least once per summer. Learn more here.
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This on-the-go first-aid kit is guaranteed to be a lifesaver at least once per summer. Learn more here.

13. Keep your kids busy with this homemade sidewalk chalk paint.

All you need is corn starch, food coloring and hot water. Learn more here.
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All you need is corn starch, food coloring and hot water. Learn more here.

14. DIY your own snow cone syrup using packets of Kool-Aid.

It's been proven that kids are 79% less likely to whine on days they get to eat a snow cone. Find the DIY here.
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It's been proven that kids are 79% less likely to whine on days they get to eat a snow cone. Find the DIY here.

15. Give your kids incentive to go outside by putting up this easy rope swing.

Find the how-to here.
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Find the how-to here.

16. Keep bugs away from your kids by making this natural bug repellent.

Find the DIY here.
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Find the DIY here.

17. You can also keep mosquitos away by DIYing these bracelets.

Find the how-to here.
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Find the how-to here.

18. Enjoy a little extra sleep each morning by setting up this breakfast station.

Let your kids get their own breakfast. Find the DIY here.
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Let your kids get their own breakfast. Find the DIY here.

19. Make a Slurpee out of your kid's favorite soda.

You can make one with your favorite soda, too. Learn how here.
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You can make one with your favorite soda, too. Learn how here.

20. Keep your home mess-free — and your family's flip flops from getting lost — with this flip flops bucket.

Learn more here.

21. Keep whining to a minimum on car trips with these travel bag surprises.

Let your kids open the bags at different points along the journey. Learn more here.
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Let your kids open the bags at different points along the journey. Learn more here.

22. Thrill your kid with an ice block treasure hunt.

Freeze dollar store toys and challenge your kid to free them. Learn more here.
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Freeze dollar store toys and challenge your kid to free them. Learn more here.

23. Make a homemade wasp trap out of a soda bottle.

Lessen your kid's chances of getting stung by one of these meanies. Learn how here.
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Lessen your kid's chances of getting stung by one of these meanies. Learn how here.

24. DIY a ring toss game your kids can still play at night.

The trick is making the rings out of glow sticks. Find the how-to here.
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The trick is making the rings out of glow sticks. Find the how-to here.

25. DIY a beverage boat using a plastic container and pool noodles.

You can fill it up with your kid's favorite drinks — or pool toys instead. Find the DIY here.
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You can fill it up with your kid's favorite drinks — or pool toys instead. Find the DIY here.

26. Build your own sprinkler.

It's basically free. Find the how-to here.
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It's basically free. Find the how-to here.

27. Stop your kids from trailing dirt into the house with this foot washing station.

Find the DIY here.

28. Keep pests away from picnic food with these reusable bowl covers.

Find the DIY here.
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Find the DIY here.

29. Feeling ambitious? Set up a backyard obstacle course straight out of the TV show Wipeout.

Learn more about this awesomeness here.
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Learn more about this awesomeness here.

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