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3 Summer Slump Solutions

3 Solutions for Summer Slump. These are three easy activities to stop summer blah. They are easy, inexpensive, and fun. Included, is an info-graphic full of ideas to squelch the slump. Enjoy! Special Needs Help. Parenting. Caregiver Support. Thrive. Positive Parenting Specialized.

Summer Slump Solutions

Three summer slump solutions for you to try that are easy, fun, inexpensive and last for hours!  Summer slumps always occur at our house right after the fourth of July.  All the fireworks, days without routine, late nights, and downtime begin to mount.

The slump occurs when the kids begin to low key yearn for a return in routine.  Slumps are displayed by anger, outbursts, whining, constant wanting direction/attention, and meltdowns.  Maybe your kids are perfect, tootie fruity, angels; but I’m guessing most of you can identify with the summer slump.

Slump Fixes

The summer slump is not managed by more screen time.  It is not solved by sitting around, doing the same old things.

To get out of a slump, we have to break free, doing something new.  This post is designed to show three easy, inexpensive activities that have really helped us out of the weary dreary attitude that was trying to loom over our home like a dark cloud.

These activities might not necessarily boost you, like it did us.  But, hopefully it will spark some creativity.  I will include an info graphic of activities at the end for further assistance.

Before I begin, the word slump is somewhat elusive.  To bring the point all the way home, let’s define the word.  The word “slump,” is defined as a noun means, “a sudden severe or prolonged fall in the price, value, or amount of something.”  That is not a positive thing, being in a slump.  So let’s break free, you and me!

Slump Solution #1:

The first solution was to make a homemade easy peasy bubble bath experiment.  It made enough for approximately three nice baths in our garden tub (see actual picture here).

Bath bubbles.  Sorry this picture did not come out well.  Positive Parenting Specialized.  Ending Summer Slump.

It was very simple to make, taking my sixteen year old, less than fifteen minutes to whip it up.  He found the concoction HERE.  It calls for a cup of water, cup of shampoo, 1/4 of a cup of salt, and a little essential oil (of course I had him use Young Living Lavender, because as it says on my Instagram account, Lavender is my jam!), and a few drops of food coloring (but we omitted this ingredient).

We put this in a drinking cup and kept it on the ledge of our tub for several days, until it was all used up.  Look at the rich bubbles.  This was fun!

Baths at my house relax two of my children, immensely!  Many times a good warm bath completely squelches a bad meltdown.  We are keep this gem of an activity forever!

Slump Solution #2:

The Second Solution was to make some homemade slime up in here!  We combined many recipes to make our own masterpiece!  This was one messy project, however it is still in my garage fridge.  We are still playing with it every couple days and we made it over two weeks ago.

We made the mixture in two separate sessions.  First, we went to the store and bought: Eye Contact Solution, Food Coloring, Shaving Cream, and Two Bottles of Elmer’s Glue.  We used most of the shaving cream, 3/4ths of the bottle of Contact Solution, all the glue, and most of the food coloring tubes (they poured red in the toilet to try to “scare me.  Insert eye roll.  Nice try, Grasshopper).

In this session, the “slime.” was liquid.  It left our kitchen a mess (along with red all over the bathroom – grrrr).  This part was more trouble than fun, so the slump remained.

Our slime before it was thickened.

While the Three Amigos jumped on the trampoline, I worked my “magic powers,”  I grabbed a box of Borax and a half gallon container of Liquid Starch from my laundry room and went to town.  The mixture thickened to a Flarp like substance (which is also oodles of sensory fun).

Our “Slime,” even makes stinky noises like the above store bought version.  I highly recommend making it thicker with the Liquid starch and Borax.  The kids are having a blast squeezing, rolling, and pulling our “Slime,” now.

Thick slime.  Much less messy.  Ending summer slump.

Solution #3

The last solution is an edible one.  It is comfort food, completely unhealthy.  If that offends you, go read other posts of mine – ha!

On the other hand, this was great fun for the kids to make!  I even feel like this was relaxing for them, let me explain.

First, spray an 8×8 with some sort of oil or rub it over the pan (even if the pan is “No Stick,”), we learned the hard way.  Next, lay a layer of chocolate chips over the bottom of the pan.  Adding a couple of slivers of butter here, couldn’t hurt either (it isn’t healthy – you might as well do it 100%).

Next, cut marshmallows (use Vegan ones if you’re gluten free), in the desired thickness.  We had jumbo marshmallows, so if we used them as is, our oven would have been a giant mess.  Afterward, put the pan in the oven for about fifteen minutes at 425 degrees.

Lastly,  grab some graham crackers and dig in!  We used gluten free crackers for Champ and I!  This was fun!  The kids loved watching the marshmallows expand as they baked.  Don’t pull the creation out of the oven, until the top is golden brownish.  If you like black marshmallows, do that too!

The best was hearing the kids moan, “Yummmmm,” as they gobbled it up.  This is a keeper activity for certain.

Oven s mores.  Ending the summer slump.  Gluten free variety easy to adapt.  Positive Parenting Specialized.  Caregiver Support.

Closing Comments

As I close this out, to fully Kibosh the “Slump,” we are still taking lots of in town, close by adventures.  We are also mixing it up with lots of outside, large muscle activities too.

I hope this these ideas help you somehow.  Print the Info-graphic below as a go to, in aiding your tribe in making 2017 a great summer.  It always goes by too fast.  Let’s make it memorable.

What do you like to engage in when your family is getting grumpy?  I’d love to hear.  Please share in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back again soon.  Blessings to you and yours today, and always,

-Jenn

Solving the summer slump.  Caregiver Support.  Special Needs Help.  Print this info-graphic to help you solve your summer slump, or whenever the cloud of doom and grumpiness tries to have its way in your home.  Get active!  Have fun!  Enjoy!

 

jenn
jenn
I live in Columbus, Ohio USA, grown up here all my life. I love yoga, walking, riding bike, reading, bargain shopping, serving at church. Usually though, I'm napping in a doctor's office waiting area with one or two of the Fantastic Four Children. My passion is helping other families with extra health, behavioral, and learning issues like mine. Let's enjoy life... TOGETHER. It's more fun that way =)!

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