Hey guys! Who else is trying to enjoy the rest of the summer sunshine as much as I am?! Where I live we have a month left until the crisp season of fall. I truly enjoy finding some fun ideas for the kids to participate in any season. So today I wanted to share some of the activities I’ve done with my boys this summer so far, and hopefully your kids will love some of these fun ideas too!
Summer Activities for Kids! Indoor + Outdoors
My boys favorite outdoor activities are riding bikes, scooters & hiking, finding insects, rocks, sticks, and watching the ducks at the pond or lake.
There are so many places & things to explore when you get out of the house unto nature!
Summer Reading Programs!
Reading will help boost your kids’ interest in learning and imaginations.
Many local libraries provide a summer reading program with prizes to win along the way. With everything being the way it is currently, going to the library may be unavailable or not ideal, so I wanted to mention that websites such as Scholastic has a reading program that gives kids ability to win prizes as they read! If you’re having trouble getting your kids excited about books, you can also try Barnes & Noble’s summer reading program rewards the kids get a free book if they read eight this summer.
Here is an all free website you can choose from many books for all ages too read with your child https://freekidsbooks.org/
This makes it fun to read & helps them keep up with their reading skills while they’re out of school for the summer!
This can be done so many different ways: pool, water balloons, sprinklers, or water sensory table (this one is so cool + great for older kids too)! If you have a small kiddie pool or water table, adding water beads gives the kids something new to play with in the water! Toys from the dollar store are also great water toys, like mermaid dolls or dinosaurs & bugs! Water play can even be as simple as putting on their swim suits & letting them run through the sprinklers, or turning on the hose and letting them play!
Get involved with nature!
It can be so simple! The dollar store sells flower seeds, and they can be planted right into a little cup of dirt! We did a fun project by planting any bean in a moist paper towel and place into a plastic clear cup, you will start to see the seed grow in just a few days! You can ask your child to draw in a journal what they noticed different everyday- this can teach them patience as well as let them feel proud when the seed begins to sprout!
Another fun project is too make pine cone bird feeders! Find a pine cone on your hike or in your backyard! Tie a piece of string around the top to hang it up, then cover the pine cone in peanut butter and roll it in birdseed – found at your local grocery store! Then hang it up on your patio or a tree and your kids will love watching the birds visiting & enjoying the treat they made them!
Going on a nature walk
Many parks have free walking trails, and your kids will love seeing all the trees, plants, birds and occasional critters running by. Plus, the whole family will get some exercise which is a extra plus! 🙂
Not sure where your local parks are? Check out the National Parks Map from the National Park Foundation.
Let your kids be screenwriters
Let your kids write their own screenplay, design the set and the costumes, and then act out their own movies. You can record them for the cutest home video ever.
Craft day Fun! Gather up anything you have around the house – glue, stickers, scraps of fabric, paper towel rolls, egg cartons. Put everything on the table and tell your kids to make whatever they want. They’ll be busy all day letting their imaginations run wild.
Go out and fly kites! If you don’t want to buy one, then you can try to build your own together, you can easily make one as a team by gathering long sticks, buy some long stings for kite flying, then cut up some old sheets. You can even sew art unto the kite for extra creativity!
Make your own treasure maps at home!
Indoor treasure hunts are the perfect activity for rainy days or any indoor days really! To make your own, hide the “treasure” around the house and set up several clues. Then make a simple map to help your kids find the clues and sit back and watch while they run around.
Crazy sundae nights !! X-D
If I understand one thing about kids, they like to eat strange stuff or mix different foods together, Get your kids excited about cooking by letting them make their own sundaes out of anything they want. Vanilla ice cream, pickles, cinnamon, chocolate syrup (in moderation of course!) bananas, and caramel? Sure!
My absolute favorite pastime as a kid was building forts! Who doesn’t like camping out at home? Older kids can do this with a stack of cardboard boxes, scissors and tape. Younger kids can get in on the fun (Safely with a parent of course) with sheets, blankets and chairs or using a tent they already have. Don’t forget your flashlights!
My Summer fun/ Indoor + Outdoor Favorites! ::
I hope these ideas help your kids stay entertained, creative & enjoying the sunshine or find some fun at home! What are your favorite summer activities to do with your kids? Comment below if you try any of these ideas, or to share with me some of YOUR favorites!