Just like that, school is out for the summer! This means it’s time to have some fun with your kids while everyone is at home. Whether your kids are into crafts, math games, or outdoor activities, I’ve gathered up some great summer activities for the kids, and some of them are free!
The Ultimate Guide About Summer Activities For Kids At Home
Summer Activity Ideas For Kids: Free And Fun
Whether you’re watching your pennies, have a few kids to entertain, or are getting together a group, it helps to have activities that don’t cost anything. One of our family’s favorite activities to do each month is Home Depot’s Kids Club. It doesn’t cost anything (which is crazy!) and it helps the kids learn some basic building skills. Everything you need to assemble the project is included and Home Depot even provides aprons, painting supplies, and treats. I would HIGHLY suggest bringing a paper plate or foil-lined baking sheet (like this) to transport your projects home after they’ve been painted. They do these Kids Club workshops the first Saturday of each month, and they are free for anyone to attend.
Another great option is to do some research and find out what’s going on in your city. Most cities have activities for free at local parks and splash pads. From movies in the park to a tour of the best playgrounds, getting out of your house and getting to know your city is a fabulous activity for kids during the summer.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of the hose, with or without a sprinkler. My kids love an hour or two playing in the water and sunshine! Sometimes we will set up a pretend “beach” with towels and snacks on the patio so the kids can alternate between playing in the water and relaxing with a snack. If they are feeling adventurous, why not pair playing in the hose with a scavenger hunt like these? It’ll keep them busy and active!
Summer Activity Ideas For Kids: Fun Crafts
I love letting my kids craft. Not only is it great for their imagination, but it helps develop fine motor skills. If you need help putting together some ideas for crafts, then Etsy is about to become your best friend. From craft boxes like this to planners like this, there are so many options for organizing your summer crafting! I really love activities like these sun catchers because it doubles as decor or even gifts.
Summer Activity Ideas For Kids: Math Games
One of the struggles I have with my kids is getting them to keep learning when school isn’t in session. I try to have activities that they can do for fun that also help reinforce math skills. To that end, I love games like this and this. Not only do they help kids work on basic skills, but they can be really fun! Whether your kids are little and just learning to count and recognize numbers or practicing math facts, any activity that involves making math fun is a win.
Summer Activity Ideas For Kids: Outdoors
When the kids have had enough time inside, it’s time to kick them outdoors! Whether you give them a scavenger hunt (like this) or help them make super bubbles, the outdoors is a great place for them to be. My kids love their big bubble wands (like this one) with our “magic” bubble potion. To make the bubble potion, simply mix the following ingredients together and let the magic happen!
- 6 c. water
- 1/2 c. blue Dawn dish soap
- 1/2 c. cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. glycerin (you can purchase this online or at the store with the baking supplies)
Hopefully these ideas help entertain your gives (and give you a break) this summer!