PHOENIX -- Summer vacation is in full swing, complete with triple digit temperatures and a lot of bored kids. We wondered how to keep them happy and occupied, but still let them stay inside and keep cool.
One idea is to make your own "summer camp" at home! Kate Tanner from KidstopToys says it's easier than you might think to find fun and educational things to do for all ages.
"I'm talking kids from age three to 93," Tanner says. "Let's plan a few special days a week. And you don't even have to leave your home. You can camp in the backyard. And if you start early enough, you can beat the heat."
One fun idea is to go geocaching, where you hunt for a treasure, and then when you find it, you leave a little bit of you behind. Them you track it online. KidStop offers geocaching parties in a kit for you to use at home.
One of the top five trends for kids right know is the "Glowbright" light kits. "Use them to decorate your bikes, and be safe at night," Tanner says.
Even though kids will think of these activities as simply fun things to do, many of them also have educational value as well. "Lessons in bugs, tracking, mapping, and measuring," Tanner explains.
And forget the hot sandbox outside. Your kiddos will love to play with kinetic sand, which is 98 percent sand, and two percent polymer. And no water needed! "The polymer helps stick with it, and it leaves no residue," demonstrates Tanner.
Even at the pool, you can use science kits and experiments for a fun, learning activity.
For more information on all these products and ideas you can visit www.kidstoptoys.com.