For many, Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of summer. The long weekend is typically filled with popsicles, grilling, and playing outside. While it may feel different this year, that doesn’t mean it still won't be a blast! 

To keep the days feeling festive, the Sawyer team put together some family activities and summer recipes for you and your little ones to enjoy.

Long weekend projects for kids

Games, projects, and crafts our team loves! The following activities are perfects for children of all ages.

Water balloons (18 months - 3 years old)

For little ones, water balloons are great! They encourage dexterity and are just hard enough for little ones to grasp that they are challenged and engaged. If the weather is nice, they're fun to throw outside!

Unfreeze the dinosaurs, or any toy! (3 - 5 years old)

Freeze some small plastic toys in ice. Have your little one pour warm water over the ice and free their favorite toy.

Paper airplanes (5 - 10 years old)

Custom design a paper airplane and look up different models online! Run tests to see what features cause a plan to fly longer or higher (and which features make them nosedive). Race two planes to see which ones will fly the furthest! 

Long weekend projects for the entire family

From camping in to art projects with recycled materials, the following activities are perfect for getting crafty as a family. 

Egg Carton Butterflies

This fun DIY project is a great way to teach recycling, and is a lovely arts and crafts project for the warmer days. Check it out here.

Flower Face Art

Walks around the neighborhood just got even more fun! Collect flowers, leaves, and sticks on your next stroll — they’ll be used as the paint for your next canvas. For instructions on this floral project, head here

Camp In

Set up your entire camp environment, but in your living room! Think about what you’d do at camp, set up your camp and shelter, take out the flashlights, and eat some s’mores! If you want to go the extra mile, think about where your camp is and create some decorations for it! For more tips on how to make a great camp, check out our tips here!

Long Weekend Recipe Ideas

A few treats that are perfect for some fun in the sun...featuring one that you’ll want to make, but not eat!


Why buy popsicles from the store when you can easily make them at home? For this recipe all you’ll need is an ice tray and fruit of your choice!

Step 1: In a blender or food processor, add your fruit and a bit of sugar. Puree until smooth.

Step 2: Stir in an extra toppings (we like lemon zest and a bit of salt — especially if we’re making watermelon)

Step 3: Pour the puree into two standard ice cube trays. Insert a wooden popsicle stick or toothpick after an hour, then freeze until hard (about 3-4 hours)

Playdough time!

Make playdough! Inspired by our good friends at The Dough Project, this project is fun sensory-based play for your little ones (featuring non-toxic dough, so no worries if your kids are exploring taste!). For the full recipe head here!

Looking to discover virtual classes for all ages and interests? Head here!