If you have kids that are home for the summer, you already know the difficulties that come along with it. A bored child can cause all kinds of havoc with your daily activities and life. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford to pay for loads of activities to keep them busy. Thank goodness for free games. Here are some fun summer games for kids that cost nothing are a wonderful way to keep your kids active while on break from school. Here are several fun options that cost absolutely nothing.
Try one of these FREE Activities for kids during Summer:
Summer fun begins with hopscotch. Use a piece of sidewalk chalk and a yardstick to help your kids create the perfect hopscotch board. If your kids are a little older, they can create the board on their own and decorate it as they see fit. That alone will be a ton of fun. Once it’s set up, the kids just need a couple of rocks and they are ready to go. This fun game helps to promote gross motor skills and keeps them moving all summer long. Join in the fun to see if you still have what it takes to make it to “Sky Blue.”
2. Four Square
Four Square is a super fun game to play. You need atleast 4 kids to play, but it is a ton of fun. If you have chalk and a ball, then you can play! Head on over here to see this great tutorial on how to play four square. This was one of my favorite games as a kid.
3. Musical Sprinklers
This is the perfect game for a hot summer day—especially if there isn’t a pool or beach nearby. Set up a regular garden sprinkler in the middle of your yard. Have the kids run and dance around the sprinkler while it is off. Once it is turned on, everyone has to freeze in place. Those closest to the sprinkler will get drenched. Musical sprinklers gives everyone the chance to cool off and beat the heat.
4. Marco Polo
Marco Polo is ideal for playing in swimming pools, but you can also adapt this game if you don’t have a pool. In the pool, a person is designated as “Marco.” He or she is blindfolded or keeps his or her eyes closed during the game. This player will say “Marco” and other players will respond with “Polo.” The player must find everyone else in the game just by listening to where the voices are coming from. Outside of the pool, this game can be played in an enclosed yard. Be sure there are no tripping hazards around, as your Marco won’t be able to see them as the game is played.
Outdoor games don’t get any more simple or fun than a basic game of tag. Kids can keep busy for hours running away from the player tagged as “it.” Since this game doesn’t have a real way to determine a winner, it can go on for as long as the kids have the energy to play. As an added bonus, everyone will be pretty tired when they are done. That means quiet time for you as they nap or recover from the game. You can also adapt this game for nighttime play. Add a flashlight and let the kids who aren’t “it” hide from the other players for a late-night game to wear everyone out before bedtime.
6. Make Bubbles!
Did you know that you can actually make your own bubble solution?? Go here to read my post on how easy it is to make. The kids have blast and you probablly already have everything in your house. Actually… I know you do! 🙂
Which one of these Fun Summer Games for Kids are you going to play?
After playing these games, your kids will realize that summer games for kids that cost nothing are actually some of the best activities around. Join in the fun with them or just let the kids play while you take a few minutes to unwind from the hectic pace of being a parent.
Kids get bored in Summer. It is inevitable! But you can stop them in their tracks with some forgotten Summer games for kids. They will have a blast being so creative!