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Easy Ideas for Kids’ Summer Activities

May 1, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

Quick fixes for summer boredom

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As a child, summer was probably one of my favorite times of the year (second to Christmas, of course). I enjoyed doing whatever I wanted, and I also got to swim at some fun swim meets. For a while, our family also had a tradition of renting a lake house for a period of time in the summer. We enjoyed lots of fishing and swimming while we were there! Thus, summer has a lot of nostalgia for me, and I find it to be a great time to create some fun family traditions (such as vacations or activities that you do together). In addition, kids may find summer boring at times, so I wanted to create a list of activities that can help build family traditions and fight boredom!

List of Kids’ Summer Activities to Fight Summer Boredom

1.Go for a walk

2.Read a book

You can get a subscription box that will send age-appropriate books for your child, so they can never get bored with the books they have! 🙂

For every box you buy from this company, they will donate to a child in need.

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3.Visit the zoo

4,Play at a splashpad

5.Try a kids subscription box

Green Kids Crafts have a subscription box that comes with up to 6 science and art kits, as well as an activity magazine and achievement badges. They do have different subscription boxes for children of different ages.

6.Play dress-up

Here’s a deal from a great company known as Little Adventures. They have costumes for both girls and boys, so there are plenty of options to play dress-up!

7.Go swimming

Or learn to swim!

8.Do a craft

You can find some wonderful summer craft ideas here.

9.Play a game as a family

If you want to go all out, find some great DIY yard games here.

10.Make smores

I fondly remember my childhood summers at the lake making smores!

11.Catch fireflies

It seems like some places have more of these than others, so this one may depend on where you live. If you do have them, grab a mason jar and go catch them!

12.Visit a beach

Or if you can’t, you can also find great outdoor water slides, small kiddie pools, or water tables through amazon.The one below is for younger kids, but there are lots of options for older kids as well!

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13.Go camping

You can find some great tips for taking kids camping here.

14.Go Fishing

15.See a movie or watch a movie at home. 

This article offers some great ideas for summer movies for kids!

16.Have a picnic

There are actually some benefits to doing this as a family. Click here to find out more!

17.Learn something new

This can consist of learning to swim, paint, draw, craft, fish, play an instrument,  etc. There are lots of possibilities!

18.Stargazing

My daughter loves looking at the stars. Grab a blanket, lay on the grass, and enjoy the stars!

19.Build a fort inside

20.Build a castle with blocks

21.Ride a bike

22.Plant flowers or vegetables.

I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t know the first thing about gardening. But, I have bought some flowers and have had my daughter help water them. Lol, if you want to do more than that though, here’s a useful source that offers some great tips- Tips for Gardening with Kids

23.Make ice cream, snow cones, or slushies!

Need an ice cream recipe? Click here.

24.Paint a picture.

25.Play with sidewalk chalk.

26.Run through a sprinkler (one of my favorites as a kid!). 

27.Do a summer sport. 

I swam… go figure! 🙂

28.Play on a slip and slide!

29.For younger kids, try a sensory bin such as this one.

30.Try a rainbow soda geyser!

You can find instructions here.

31.Try an activity workbook

Visit this link

This is a blogger friend’s workbook, and it’s got an amazing number of crafts, activities, recipes, etc that you can with your child. There’s literally something for every day of summer! So, when kids say that they are bored, refer to this!

Final Thoughts

I hope these ideas help you and your kids for summer boredom. Summer is great for making new memories and developing new family traditions! Enjoy it!

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comments (28)

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    I will definitely need to read more books in the beach this summer!

    WineDivaa

    May 1, 2019 Reply
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      Me too!

      Tamra Cater

      May 1, 2019 Reply
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        Stargazing is an awesome fun family activity! Love these ideas:) summer is definitely a challenge here!

        Steph Social

        May 1, 2019 Reply
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          Thanks! I love stargazing in the summer!

          Tamra Cater

          May 1, 2019 Reply
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          I definitely plan on taking my boys to the zoo before it gets entirely too hot outside! Great post !! ❤️ Thanks for sharing !! https://jessierenea.com/never-forget-how-wildly-capable-you-really-are/

          Jessica

          May 10, 2019 Reply
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            Thank you! My daughter loves the zoo- I, too, need to take her more before it gets too hot!

            Tamra Cater

            May 10, 2019
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    Great list of fun summer activities!

    Barbara

    May 2, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you!

      Tamra Cater

      May 2, 2019 Reply
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    These are all such great ideas that are honestly timeless and apply to pretty much all ages! Thank you for sharing. :)

    Savannah

    May 2, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you! I agree!

      Tamra Cater

      May 2, 2019 Reply
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        These ideas are great! I love how they work for all ages. Thanks for sharing.

        Hailey Miranda

        May 3, 2019 Reply
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          Thank you!

          Tamra Cater

          May 3, 2019 Reply
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    Great ideas! My oldest is getting to that age where we need lots of activities to do!

    Cori

    May 3, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you 😊

      Tamra Cater

      May 3, 2019 Reply
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    Very nice post and tips for the kids.

    Juliasdailytips

    May 4, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you! :)

      Tamra Cater

      May 4, 2019 Reply
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    I particularly love the subscription boxes idea. It keeps them engage and learning at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

    Roslie

    May 4, 2019 Reply
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      Me too! I want to try a few of those with my daughter!

      Tamra Cater

      May 4, 2019 Reply
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    These are fab ideas! I’m collating a list currently of things to do over the summer with my three and will defo add a few of these 🖤 Hollie | ‪www.lifewithmytrio.com‬

    Hollie

    May 4, 2019 Reply
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      I’ve got to try some of these with my own daughter!

      Tamra Cater

      May 4, 2019 Reply
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    These are such great ideas! I can remember well how I spent my summer days with my nose in a book or splashing in the pool with my brother. The best times were when I dreamt up stories and adventures for my barbie dolls. Lovely post!xx

    Annelize

    May 5, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you! I definitely loved swimming during the summer!

      Tamra Cater

      May 5, 2019 Reply
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    These are great ideas! Something I needed to read as I am always after new ideas for my toddler. Thank you for posting! Alyssa THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

    Alyssa

    May 6, 2019 Reply
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      Thanks. I always need more ideas myself!

      Tamra Cater

      May 6, 2019 Reply
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    Some of these take me on a trip back to childhood in my mind - activities that we all did (like making forts in the living room or playing dress up) that are too often forgotten about today. I am all for anything that inspires creativity and imagination!

    Britt Kascjak

    May 7, 2019 Reply
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      Me as well! Thanks for reading!

      Tamra Cater

      May 7, 2019 Reply
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    GReat ideas for summer!

    Chocoviv

    June 4, 2019 Reply
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