100+ Things to Do This Summer

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100+ things to do this summer with the kids

For those of you who have kids in school during the public school year, summer can be a rather chaotic two-and-a-half months with the kids.

Perhaps this will be the key to saving your sanity. Maybe.

  1. Make homemade junk food; it doesn’t have preservatives, and you know what’s going into your kids’ mouths.
  2. Make your own hardcover children’s book — it’s a one-of-a-kind book you can’t find elsewhere!
  3. Make a teepee. Nap, read, play — bonus: make it a lesson!
  4. Alternatively, you could make an a-frame tent.
  5. Make your own play dough. Have a little one who likes to eat everything? Make edible play dough! (It’s even gluten-free.)
  6. Create sensory bins — they needn’t be expensive.
  7. Host scavenger hunts.
  8. Make your own puzzles.
  9. Encourage them to stay active, even if they’re indoors, via some fun, kid-friendly exercises — nap time, anyone?
  10. DIY felt garden: all the fun without the mess.
  11. Let ’em play outside with a DIY car wash!
  12. Host a neighborhood movie night.
  13. Go to a drive-in movie — in your backyard!
  14. Traveling? Consider creating a magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe game for those who won’t swallow the buttons, and a magnetic dry-erase board for the littler ones! Also: Bring along little meals for everyone so you can eat healthy on the road.
  15. Send them outside!
  16. Introduce them to bike games.
  17. Paint the sidewalk with water.
  18. Teach them fire safety.
  19. Spray paint large dots on the grass and play lawn Twister!
  20. Make half-hatched chicks!
  21. Try out these 32 backyard games and activities.
  22. 22 more kid ideas
  23. Make your own moon sand.
  24. Have an indoor campout with (s’mores, duh!).
  25. Make an “I’m Bored” jar.
  26. Have fun with the arts!
  27. Search the web for “free things to do in ___”. For example, if you live in Dallas, there are a few things in three categories to do.
  28. Call your local theater to see if they’re showing any free, kid-friendly movies. If you live in a small town, the chances of this are higher.
  29. Check with your local library to see if they’re hosting any children authors or reading circle groups. You can also ask if they have any lessons for children; some may teach kids how to navigate a library, find books, etc., which can help a lot as they grow older.
  30. Go to the library — get your kids a library card and let them pick out 1-3 books to read for the week.
  31. Buy them cute notebooks and have them keep a summer journal.
  32. Have fun with color: watercolor art lessons, rainbow color mixing,
  33. Help them organize their art supplies.
  34. Ask your local fire department if they can host a few kids to tour the truck, station, etc. Do the same for your local police department. Some may do it, others may not. It’s a great learning experience, and kids [usually] love it!
  35. Take a “field trip”.
  36. Have a picnic — assign each child a task.
  37. Take a photo a day of each child and make a video to see how they changed over the summer.
  38. Build a fort of blankets, or even boxes — Out of the Box, anyone?
  39. Cook with your kids.
  40. Hang a singalong.
  41. Have a neighborhood karaoke night.
  42. Make puppets.
  43. Make a mall with kids from the block: Have each family set up a stand, or shop (e.g. cookies, lemonade, crackers, small toys, etc.), and purchase (or make your own) fake money. Assign prices to things, and give the kids the same amounts. Have the kids and parents run the booths and go on breaks ever so often so they can go shopping on their break. Beforehand, decorate brown paper bags for each shop so they can all have their own bags. Alternatively, you could purchase small, multicolored gift bags and assign each shop a color. For shops, you could make them from boxes — they don’t have to be extravagant.
  44. Host a neighborhood carnival: bean bag toss game, a raffle, ping pong toss, face painting, crafts center, hugging booth, cupcake walk, etc. The ideas are endless, and you could go beyond the regular “carnival” theme decor — the jungle, wild animals, camping, beach, rainbow, etc.
  45. Assign each week a color do activities surrounding that color.
  46. Play with water balloons.
  47. Do science experiments and projects: Mentos in cola, volcanoes, Does it Float?, etc. You could also have a guessing game that uses the five senses.
  48. Teach them the five senses!
  49. Gather your magazines and let them make magazine collages!
  50. Make an arts and crafts center.

Any other ideas?

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