Fun Summer Activities Kids Will Love
Summer break is always so much fun when it begins! However, after a few weeks, it can quickly go south as the novelty of freedom wears off and boredom sets in.
We live in Houston, and the summers get really hot at this time of year. We try to send the kids outside to play, but even at 8am it’s too hot and humid! They always want to go to the splash pad or the pool, but with Tiffany’s Crohn’s disease, she’s not always able to do that.
So to help with that, we’ve come up with this fun list of activities kids can do at home to keep them entertained, both indoors and outdoors.
And if they get burned out from that, we also love reading these books for kids about summer. It’s perfect for rainy days or when it’s just too hot to go outside.
If you need more ideas for things to do with your kids this summer, check out our other summer posts:
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- Free Summer Printables for Kids
- DIY Summer Crafts for Kids
- Summer Activities for Kids with Water
- Delicious Summer Salads
- Yummy Summertime Meals
- Amazingly Delicious Summer Dessert Recipes
- Summer Staycation Ideas
- Popsicle Recipes
- Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
- 15 Free Kids Activities with Magna-tiles
Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a great time spending it with your family and loved ones!
Summer Activities for Kids
Sidewalk Paint Rockets: A fun backyard science activity!
A science experiment, crowd pleaser, and boredom buster all in one! These sidewalk paint rockets splatter colorful bursts of chalk paint on the ground and clean up with water! This post contains an affiliate link.
LEGO Challenges and Activities for Kids
If it's too hot outside this summer, these fun LEGO challenges and activities are hours of indoor fun!
DIY Pool Noodle Games- No Water Needed! (Alternative Uses for Pool Noodles)
Sure the intrinsic nature of a pool noodle is fun and games. But how about without using water!? Here are a few Pool Noodle Games that don’t call for a pool! These games are great for inside OR outside during the hot summer months!
Puffy Sidewalk Paint
Kids love sidewalk chalk because it’s a fun activity for kids (and adults) of all ages to do outside. This puffy sidewalk paint recipe only requires a few materials and it’s such a clever spin on the traditional store-bought sidewalk chalk. Kids will love painting with this DIY sidewalk paint this summer!
Bubble Painting - Fun Summer Activity
This bubble painting activity is amazing for kids of all ages. It’s super easy to set up and costs very little to create. You can also do it with groups of kids so it would make a great craft for parties or playdates.
Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course - a Fun Summer Activity For Toddlers & Preschoolers
A new favorite summer activity is making a sidewalk chalk obstacle course. It’s a great low prep gross motor activity that toddlers and preschoolers love to do over and over. You can continue to keep it fresh and fun every time you do it. Of course, if you have older kids you can make it harder and they’ll still want to do it. They might have fun designing it!
Super Silly Screen Free Coding Activity with Chalk
This is a super fun (and silly!) activity to get kids thinking about the problem-solving skills needed to code. Teaching kids to code starts with the very basics. Preschoolers and early elementary school kids can start to apply the basic concepts of programming. This activity is great for kids age 4+!
Under the Sea Ocean Slime Recipe Without Borax
This blue and glittery, borax-free, under the sea ocean slime is a fun DIY sensory activity perfect for the summer months. You know those rainy summer days when all the kids want to do it go outside and play. This ocean slime activity is great to keep the children entertained while stuck inside.
How to Make a Giant Outdoor Chalkboard
Need a fun idea to keep your kids busy in the backyard? This giant outdoor chalkboard is the perfect addition to your back fence, and the kids are guaranteed to love it! If you have a kid, you’ll know that chalk is always a huge hit.
Swing Painting Activity for Kids
Wondering how to keep the kids occupied all summer long? Swing Painting is super fun and the perfect summer activity for kids of all ages. This actually ends up being good exercise for the kids, too! They’ll have to control how hard they’re swinging.
Thrill Your Kids with Colorful Squirt Gun Painting
Squirt gun painting is a thrilling summer art experience for kids and is the ultimate boredom buster! If squirt guns aren’t your thing, use plastic spray bottles! They work just as well.
Balloon Tennis - Fun & Easy Activity for All Ages
Balloon Tennis is a fun and easy activity for all ages. It only takes a couple of supplies to create the rackets and then you can let the fun begin!
How to Make a Giant Jenga Yard Game
If you have ever wanted to make a giant Jenga style yard game, you’re in the right place! Giant jenga (or as some might call it life size jenga) is the perfect yard game to play outside at BBQs, picnics or family get togethers! It’s a great beginner woodworking project and it’s super affordable, too (less than 10!). It also makes a great gift for outdoor, BBQ and tail gating enthusiasts.
And you can see the best outdoor Jenga games here
Sidewalk Chalk Outdoor Math Game
Now that spring is finally here and the pollen is (somewhat) subsiding, most kids kids have been itching to get outdoors! With this easy sidewalk chalk outdoor math game, your active kids can get some arithmetic practice done while moving!
Easy Homemade Bubble Solution
Mix a quick batch of this three-ingredient homemade bubble solution for summer fun all season long! Here’s a quick recipe for an easy homemade bubble solution to make loads of perfectly poppable bubbles!
Create a Surprisingly Easy Backyard Obstacle Course This Summer!
Create a Surprisingly Easy Backyard Obstacle Course! Make a American Ninja Warrior-esque obstacle course and time your kids as they complete it to make it more fun. The beauty of the backyard obstacle course is that you can use just about anything that you have to make this more challenging and FUN.
Fun Neighborhood Outdoor Scavenger Hunt with Sidewalk Chalk
Looking for a boredom buster for the summer or another time when you’re stuck at home? This fun neighborhood outdoor scavenger hunt with sidewalk chalk is the perfect way to get the entire neighborhood involved yet do it on your own time at each family’s convenience.
DIY Bean Bag Toss: the Best Outdoor Games!
Here’s a DIY bean bag toss game using clay saucers and a printable. This bean bag game is easy to assemble and you’ll have a blast! This bean bag game is SO easy to assemble and you’ll be having a lot of fun in minutes! Children can help make this too, before they play.
DIY Tic Tac Toe Tag Game
It’s fast-paced and highly entertaining for both the players and the spectators. nd the best part is you can get the kids in on the action of making them and they have an added bonus of being inexpensive to make! This game is such a blast to watch because in the middle of the kids racing, you have multiple minds trying to strategize a game to win, but they also need to be fast.
Free Printable Monthly Reading Charts for Kids
Are your kids tracking their reading for Pizza Hut’s Book-it program, a library reading program, or are they just wanting to improve their reading? Reward your child for reading with these free monthly printable reading charts for kids. There’s one for each month, and they make daily tracking fun with their cute themes!
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