If you're not into all the Pinterest crafts like making homemade playdoh, here are 10 ways to give your kids a 1970’s summer from blogger Melissa Fenton.

 

1 .   Let them watch TV. Plenty of it. But only the TV Land channel. The Carol Burnett Show, The Jefferson’s, Charlie’s Angels, My Three Sons, and $100,000 Pyramid. 

 

2.   Eat whatever you want, and/or whatever you can find.  No more pantries full of organic vegetable chips, and non-GMO graham crackers. Let this be the summer of Frito-Lay, fried bologna and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.  

 

3.   Make them play outside. Like ALL day. Hot? Drink from the hose. Run through the sprinklers. Search for ladybugs, play hide ‘n seek between the houses, read under a tree.

 

4.   Send them to the movies for the entire day. Drop them off at around 11 and pick them up for dinner.

 

5.   Spend three nights in a row at your best friend’s house. No, you don’t have to call to check in every hour. And yes, it’s totally ok their parents will be at work and nobody will be home all day.

 

6.   Make stuff from stuff you find. No trips to Hobby Lobby for pre-cut, pre-stuck, pre-fabricated crafts.   Find crap in the garage and assemble it into something you can play with. No, you can’t Google how to do it.

 

7.    Have them put on a talent show. A real, genuine, singing, dancing and entertaining talent show.  

 

8.    Play the old Simon game until you want to throw it against the wall, or smash into 1,000 pieces.  It’s the original train your brain app.

 

9.   Build a fort in the backyard.

 

10.  Finally, learn to find the amazing in the ordinary. Trust me. You will need this skill in your 40’s.