1. Use a bed sheet to stay sand free
Do you hate the feeling of sand all over your clothes? This handy parenting hack shows how you can weigh down a bed sheet to make sure you and your family–and your food–stay sand free whenever you visit the beach!
2. Use a glue gun to give shoes grip
If your children’s shoes don’t have much grip, use a glue gun to add straight lines and let them dry. Once they have dried, your children’s shoes should be much safer for them to run about and play in.
3. Use a coffee lid to catch spills
Are you tired of spills from ice creams and ice lollies? Push a coffee lid underneath the treat to help stop sticky spillages.
4. Make activity sticks for non-stop fun
If your children are always asking you how to spend their summer holidays, make life easier for you and them by creating activity sticks. Write down lots of different activities on lolly sticks and put them in a cup facing downwards. Whenever your children don’t know what to do, let the activity sticks decide!
5. Use an old bed sheet for painting fun
Get your children enjoying the sunshine while they get creative by putting an old bed sheet in the garden and letting them decorate it however they like.
6. Use shoe storage so you never lose anything
Are you taking a day trip with your family this summer? Put shoe storage in your boot and fill it up with everything you need. This parenting hack will save you a lot of time and stress.
7. Create a safe play area using a blow-up pool
This useful parenting hack will help you to keep your younger children safe during summer. If your little ones want to play in the garden for a few hours, use a blow-up pool to make sure they stay safe while they play.
8. Create a drawing kit
If your children love to draw, use an old diary or a DVD case with pencils to give them their own drawing kit, so they can draw wherever they go.
9. Use a diaper to keep your things safe at the beach
If you are visiting the beach, keep your wallet and phone safe by wrapping them in an unused diaper–no one will realize how precious the contents actually are!
10. Make a condiment tray for your summer parties
If you are thinking about throwing any BBQs or garden parties this summer, fill a baking tray with condiments and sides to save on the washing up later.
11. Keep pacifiers clean with condiment cartons
If you’re out and about during summer and you don’t want your baby’s pacifier to become dirty, use a condiment carton to keep it clean when it’s not in use.
12. Create enough bubbles for a month
If your children love to play with bubbles, mix up the ingredients yourself and make enough for a few games. Store them in a sealable tub, and your children can play with bubbles whenever they want!
13. Use apple cider vinegar for mosquito bites
If your children suffer from itchy mosquito bites, use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to help relieve the itching.
14. Use stickers to help your kids put on their shoes
If your children are learning how to put on their own shoes this summer, cut a sticker in half and insert one half in each shoe. This will help your children quickly learn which shoe goes on which foot.
15. Use press and seal wrap to avoid spills
If your children like to wander around with their drinks during summer, make life easier for everyone by putting Press and Seal wrap over the top of their glasses. This useful parenting hack prevents spills and even stops flies getting in the drinks!
16. Use a hair grip for clothes that are too big
If your children’s summer clothes are a little too big, use a pretty hair grip to help hold their clothes in place.
17. Keep your trampoline safe with pool noodles
If you have a trampoline with exposed springs, keep your children safe by covering the exposed springs with pool noodles.
18. Put paint in a bag for mess-free fun
If you have toddlers, put paint in a see-through plastic bag and tape it to your window. This way your child gets to play with paint and textures without you having to keep washing them.
19. Create games with sponges and chalk
Draw a giant target on your driveway this summer with chalk and use sponges to guarantee hours of cheap fun for your children.
20. Create a portable sandbox
Fill a plastic drawer with sand to put in your back garden or take to the park with you so your children can play in the sand wherever they are!
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