Aww, how cute :3
It's a great idea.
My brothers played sports in the yard, I read, and we all listened to loads of audiobooks.
They are precious!
Entertaining kids during the summer can be tough. Some things that I've done:
1. Painting--both finger painting and water color. Messy, but it keeps them occupied and the results were pretty interesting. They always were and still are proud when I display their art.
2. Tie dye--just as messy as above, but kids really get into it! The supplies are cheap and in the end they will have a colorful shirt or socks which (if they are like my girls) they will wear until they fall apart.
3. Walking. Whether you live in the city or suburbs/country, this is good if you take them to an interesting area that they have never seen before. Some hits with me were Chinatown in the city (there were so many interesting and different things to look at and eat) and to a swamp which hosts a lot of wild birdlife. Bring binoculars for the nature walk and give each of the kids one of those cheap disposable cameras so that they can take their own pictures. Then they can make a scrapbook.
4. I forget how old your girls are, but I would give them boxes of my old clothes, scarves, hats and jewelry. They played dress-up but also would make a play which they presented to us. With photos!
If you need any more suggestions, ask--I have the experience!
I bought some paint brushes yesterday, I am waiting for the weather to settle again so they can paint outside rather than in and take play dough out there too to save all the mess!
They have lots of colouring in books and crayons, glue and old boxes and yogurt pots, my eldest made a musical instrument out of two yogurt pots stuck together with things inside to shake and make a noise, I was very proud of her thinking that up all on her own.
We have also made them a den in the front room.
Lets not talk about chalk My whole garden is concrete and is surrounded by four white walls which was fine but they ended up drawing on all the windows too! We then forgot to bring in the chalk when it rained so the chalks turned into a puddle of chalk mush, that was not fun to clean up!
Every kid loves bubbles, a machine is a good idea, would save my arm! They always spill the stuff so I am always the one to wave my arm around so they can chase them!
why not try the Grommet hunt?~ or will they find that too boring?~