Ten FREE Summer Activities for kids
Trying to keep up with the kids when they are out of school can be difficult for any parent, but I welcome the fun. Let’s keep them from getting bored by changing things up a bit, that they kids will love. Here are ten free Summer activities for kids that I do to keep my kids (boys or girls) busy all summer long – we call them boredom busters!
Here are some Fun ideas for Summer:
1. Play hide and seek
Yes, it has been around for ages. I still have found few things out there that brings all children together so quickly, regardless of who or where they came from. Make sure you get involved with this one. Kids love it when Mom and Dad play.
2. Go to the local library
Libraries are becoming almost extinct. If you are lucky enough to still have one, take your kids on a regular basis. Nothing fosters a need to read like seeing all those books for the first time. Plus, the library has fun reading programs in the summer to encourage your kids to read. AND… many of them have free programs you can go to all Summer long.
3. Teach them about safety in the woods
This life skill is absolutely vital for a growing kid, no matter what gender they are. My girls know how to find their way out of the woods, how to build a fire, how to catch food and even what types of venomous animals live in their area. It might save their lives one day and it is a lot of fun too!
4. Have a scavenger hunt
Now this is a ton of fun. Pick up twenty five items and write down what they are. Hide them in a specified area, then give out copies of what the items are to all players. Send them out looking for all the items. Whoever finds the most wins. It is tons of fun and can be done with any items of any kind.
5. Build a fort in the back yard and have a war
Yes, this is primarily a boy thing. Still, girls will get into it if you do it right. Just make sure that it has a story behind it and girls will be interested. Cap it all off with snow-cones for everyone! Last year we actually invested in a snow cone maker and it was the best purchase we have done yet. 🙂
6. Do a neighborhood talent show
I did this as a kid and it was always a really big deal. We would actually try to make a stage. Usually, however, it was just some old curtains and the underside of a really tall porch or tree for a stage. We would invite all the parents in the neighborhood and then each of us would perform a special talent. It was a ton of fun then and still is today.
7. Have them read a book and then perform it on stage
One of my daughters was struggling with reading comprehension, so we came up with this as an idea to help her retain information. She began enjoying her reading even more once she started trying to remember it to make a play out of it. Get them to try this and you will be shocked at how fun it is.
8. Have arts and crafts day
When the day is long and dragging, a box of crayons, markers, chalk or paints can make the entire day look very different. Embrace their artistic side and they will too. Make sure you check out some of my easy crafts for kids:
- Homemade Playdough
- How to make glitter slime
- Homemade lip balm recipe
- How to make glue – super fun!
- Patriotic Flip flops
9. Buy some bubbles or make your own
I don’t care if you are 94 years old or two years old, everyone loves bubbles. Get some bubbles and let them have at it. Easy fun for a very cheap price is always welcome in my home. by the way, did you know you I have a post on how you can make your own bubbles?
10. Have at least one water balloon fight
Every summer we have an epic water balloon fight. After a long summer, a water balloon fight seems perfectly appropriate. Sometimes it is just the four of us, but other times we have included the whole neighborhood of kids.We have already had a water balloon fight and it was a blast!
Right now I am in love with these special water balloons. They will fill up 100 balloons AND tie them in jsut 60 seconds. Yes, you read that right…. no more crying over your fingers hurting after you have put together 20 balloons. This is totally worth the money. You can purchase yours here and here.
Try one of these fun things to do during Summer.
Which one of these fun things to do during summer are you going to try this year. You could even put them in a bucket on individual pieces of paper and when the kids start getting bored, pull one out and find out which one you are going to do.
Now it is your turn… what are some of your frugal and fun things to do during Summer?
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