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Since we are home all the time, I’ve had to get creative and come up with things to keep my kids busy. Now that the weather is warmer, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside too.
I find it best to keep a helpful list fun things to do in summer that I can easily refer to. I hope you find some great ideas for you and your kids too!
20 Fun Things to Do in Summer at Home with Your Kids
These are super inexpensive and you can find them at places like Dollar Tree, Five Below, or Wal-Mart.
2. Eat a Cold Treat Outside
When it is especially hot outside, my kids love having a special treat on the back deck. I try to have a variety of fun treats in the freezer from ice cream sandwiches, to push-up, to rocket pops.
3. Make a blanket fort and read
We love to read, but it is so much more fun in a fort and with a flashlight! When your kids are done playing outside, have them cool down and calm down with some fun reading time.
4. Dance party
Pandora and YouTube are great places to find kid friendly songs for free!
5. Play follow the leader
My son loves it when we put on hats and march around the house!
6. Look through photo albums
Remember these? They came before we had cell phones! My son loves to look at old pictures.
7. Make paper airplanes and toss them around the house.
This may be a boy thing, or not! But my son loves throwing things. Paper airplanes are about all he is allowed to trow in the house.
8. Movie and popcorn
Make this one cheap by borrowing a movie from the library or trade one with a friend. We also love having Amazon Prime for all kinds of kid friendly movies.
9. Indoor picnic with stuffed animals
The hotter it gets, the less we eat lunch outside. To make lunch fun, why not spread out a sheet on the floor and have your kid’s stuffed animals join you?!
10. Make a no-bake treat
There’s no need to turn on the oven this summer. My son loves Rice Krispie treats, but there are so many no bake treat recipes available online.
Try a homemade popsicle or granola bar recipe. You can even make a s’more in the microwave.
11. Have an indoor (or outdoor) scavenger hunt
Make a list of simple items for your kids to find around the house or outside.
12. Run through the sprinkler or play in the kiddie pool
13. Play balloon volleyball
We always have a stash of balloons hanging around at our house that is leftover from the previous holiday or birthday. A fun thing we like to do at home is blow a few up and bounce them back and forth. You can also pick up a bag at Dollar Tree for only $1.
14. Play with water bucket and sponges
Fill a small bucket with water and added a few sponges or washcloths. Let them play in the water out outside.
15. Sidewalk Chalk
I couldn’t leave this one off the list! Again, this is such an inexpensive activity. You can get sidewalk chalk from Dollar Tree or Wal-mart. And it is so much fun.
My kids love when I sit on the ground with them and get creative. Right now, my 6 year old’s favorite thing to draw is a town in our driveway complete with streets and parks and building. Then he brings his trucks out and drives them around.
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