One of the biggest challenges any parent faces during the summer is trying to keep their kids entertained and out of trouble. This can be especially difficult during those rainy or scorching hot days when they’re stuck inside. But if you have Pergo Outlast+ with SpillProtect laminate flooring installed, then your kids can have a blast with these fun summer projects on the floor that’s 100% waterproof for life*. That means more playing for them and less worrying for you.
Recreate a Famous Painting
Let’s admit it, there’s no stopping kids from getting messy. It’s kind of their thing. So why not let them embrace it by giving them a paintbrush? With only a few materials needed, your little painter can recreate a masterpiece anywhere in the house with Pergo Outlast+ under their feet.
All they need is white paper, crayons, gold star stickers, watercolor paints and a trusty paintbrush to create their own interpretation of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Show them a picture of the original for inspiration, then let them use their creative skills to uniquely recreate it!
Cool Off With Homemade Popsicles
Depending on where you live, the summer can get ridiculously hot sending your little ones inside for a much-needed water break. Letting your kids enjoy their own homemade popsicles is a refreshing reward after a long day of playing outside.
Begin by fixing their favorite Kool-Aid drink and then pour it into each slot of an ice cube tray, filling it to the top. (Even if you or the kids spill a few drops, it’s not going to hurt Pergo Outlast+ because it features SpillProtect™ waterproof technology.)
Afterwards, place plastic wrap over the entire tray, pulling it taught. Finally, let the kids stick toothpicks into each slot of the covered tray and then place it in the freezer. After an hour and a half in the freezer, call the kids in and let them sample their icy-cool creations!
Create a Toy Car Wash
If you’re a parent with a child under the age of eight, then you probably find toy cars scattered everywhere throughout your home, including grimy areas like in between the washer and dryer. A fun way collect these cars and a convenient way to clean them is to let your little driver put them through a toy car wash, especially if it’s too hot to play outside.
Ask your child to go find their favorite cars while you fill up a pan with warm water and soap. Once they’ve found them (hopefully the ones under the couch), tell them to drop the cars in the tray, then give them an old toothbrush and cup and let your little one have at it!
Their cars get a much-needed wash and you quit stepping on cars – at least for now. And because Pergo Outlast+ is waterproof for life, you don’t have to worry about how many wet toy cars “accidentally” exit the car wash.
Get Hypnotized By Color Changing Milk with color changing milk. This colorful science project only requires a dinner plate, milk, food coloring and drop of liquid soap.
Start by pouring just enough milk in the dinner plate to cover the bottom. Let it settle for a minute, then add four different drops of food coloring to the milk, making sure each drop is close to each other. (Because milk is mostly made of water, you don’t have to worry about spilling it on waterproof Pergo Outlast+.)
Then grab a cotton swab and add a drop of soap to one end. Finally, place the soapy end of the cotton swab in the center of the milk and hold for 15 seconds to witness a kaleidoscopic burst of color. The kids will be mesmerized and you’ll be thankful that you have their attention.
Paint With The Pup
Summer showers tend to put a damper on outdoor activities, forcing your kids and the dogs inside. This is a great opportunity for them to create some puppy paw art. With only a newspaper, pet-safe paint, blank canvas and a four-legged friend, your kids can make a painting that’ll make any dog lover drool over.
Simply place some old newspaper or paper on the floor, then set a blank canvas over it. Squeeze a blob of paint to the side of the canvas, then have your kids (with your help) gently dip the pup’s paws into the paint. Then have someone on the other side of the canvas to call the dog so she’ll walk across, leaving behind a trail of paw prints.
Afterwards, rinse her paws in a bowl of water and then start again until you have enough paw prints on the canvas! Sometimes your furry friend will “paint” outside the lines, which is fine with Pergo Outlast+ laminate flooring, since it’s easy to remove water-based paint from it.
*when installed correctly.