It’s finally summer. For most of us the kids will be out of school for summer break within the next week or so if they’re not already out of school. I know it’s hard to believe since we had the winter that would never end and now all the sudden it’s May and we’re all just trying to stay afloat until we can get to summer.
That final school bell will ring and we’ll all rejoice for the first week or so until you finally hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored”. Right?
So what do you with kids over the summer to keep them entertained? Step one in my house is to put the cleaning supplies on a table with a lovely note outlining what’s doing to happen if I hear the words, “I’m bored”. Step two however is to find fun but simple things for kids to do to occupy their time.
Little idle hands are going to destroy your house and get into trouble but hands that are creating or playing will learn and grow.
Here’s a few ideas of creative and fun summer activities for kids:
The Water Blob went viral on this blog many years ago (in 2012!) when I still had little tiny kids and we would take the sides with duct tape to hold the water in. Now though you can find instructions on how to iron the sides of a water blob and have even more fun! If you have never made a water blob for your kids (or yourself) plan to make one this summer.
Water bombs are basically sponges formed in a way that’s easy to throw and hold a ton of water. We took these to a water gun fight one year and they were the hit of the party! These would be so much fun to have your kids help you make for a summer party or play date. Put out buckets of water for the kids to refill the water bombs and then let them fly!
Exploding Bags of Chalk
Exploding chalk bags is a really fun STEM experiment for kids to do outside this summer. They’ve very simple and safe to make but they do teach them about chemical reactions. This experiment does go quickly but if you add this to a chalk the driveway playdate, it’ll be the topping on the cake.
Make Your Own PVC Pipe Sprinkler
This is another really old post from this blog BUT it’s a great idea that your kids will love. The premise is easy, get a pvc pipe piece that will connect to your water hose from the hardware store. Then buy several pieces of pvc pipes and a variety of connectors and plugs. Drill small holes in to the PVC pipe and you will make a sprinkler that your kids can make as they want and then take it apart and change the shape of it again and again. Our friends did this and even added in a variety of sprinkler heads and valves to turn the water on and off to different sections. If you want your kids to spend hours outside reconfiguring and building while learning basic engineering principles, this is the summer activity for you.
Other fun summer activities to do outside include:
- Paint with water – Give each kid a large paintbrush and a bucket of water. Let them “paint” with the water, which will dry in the sun.
- Play in soap bubbles. Get a large bottle of dish soap. Fill buckets with a lot of soap and then fill with water to form huge mounds of soap bubbles. Give each kid a pair of goggles and let them go crazy with the soap bubbles!
- Liquid chalk and tires – lay down a shallow pan or foil with the sides raised and fill with liquid chalk. Let kids ride their bikes and scooters through it or play cars.