Summer is upon us with wide open days ready to be filled with fun and sunshine! Want to make sure your kids have a ton of fun? Take a look at these screen free summer activities sure to keep them busy and having a blast all summer!
Even though my kids are homeschooled and I’m used to having them home every day. Summer can be an adjustment. The hours in our day that are usually dedicated to schooling are suddenly free! While I’m not a mom who is super strict about screen time limits I still want them to tear themselves away from video games and YouTube to have some “real life” fun! These screen free summer activities are simple, fun things, a lot of which are free! The idea is to get their creative juices flowing, brains firing, and bodies active all summer long!
1- Read comic books
2- Finger painting
3- Draw with colored pencils or markers
4- Blow Bubbles (Here’s a great recipe for bouncing bubbles)
5- Play in the sprinkler
6- Make sidewalk paint
7- Play with Play Doh (Here’s a recipe we love!)
8- Have a squirt gun battle
9- Have a Nerf gun battle or set up targets
10- Print out and solve mazes (or get a book full of them)
11- Go Backyard Bowling
12- Read magazines (consider getting a new subscription!)
13- Print and do connect the dots (or get a book of them!)
14- Have a water balloon battle, or play catch with water balloons
15- Make water bombs with sponges and have a battle
16- Go swimming!
17- Set up a slip n’ slide (a tarp works well too!)
18- Have a board game day
19- Play card games – teach your kids war, rummy or another favorite
20- Play Legos! Dump them out for hours of fun!
21- Get a big box & use your imagination!
22- Make No-Bake Cookies
23- Set up a lemonade stand (it can even be educational)
24- Set up an obstacle course, indoors or outdoors
25- Take the dog for a walk (or volunteer at your local shelter)
26-Head to the park & play!
27- Make ice cream in a baggie.
28- Make Sno Cones (you can chop ice in the blender and make syrup from Kool-aid)
29- Go for a hike
30- Make slime! (Here’s some great recipes)
31- Build a blanket fort
32- Play with toy cars, make a road from masking tape all over the house
33- Make Sidewalk Chalk Popsicles and have fun with them!
34- Fly kites
35-Go to the zoo
36- Make marshmallow guns
37-Play 20 questions
38- Go bowling (some lanes offer free bowling during the summer)
39- Catch lightening bugs (or fireflies if that’s what you call them)
40- Make S’mores
41- Go to the Library
42- Tie Dye Shirts
43- Go fishing
44- Jump rope
45 – Salt Painting
46- Freeze toys in a big block of ice and use a squirt gun to rescue them
47- Use squirt guns to paint
49- Climb a tree
50- Play volleyball
51 – Play badminton (a set like this is great)
52- Play hopscotch (outside with chalk or inside with masking tape)
53- Make paper airplanes
54- Have a dance party
55- Play catch
56- Make sock puppets
57- Write a letter to a friend or relative
58- Make a card for someone you love
59- Paint rocks
60- Write a story
61- Make popsicles
63- Make a solar oven
64- Play with water beads (you can get a whole bunch super cheap on Amazon)
65- Make solar art using solar print paper
66- Make story rocks
67- Make a fairy garden
68- Go berry picking
69- Plant flowers or veggie plants
70- Go camping (or set up a tent in your back yard)
71- Make a paper or sponge boat
72- Paint or make crafts out of seashells
73- Put together a puzzle
74- Go to the farmer’s market
75- Go on a Nature Walk
76- Go to the water park or splash pad
77- Hula hoop
78- Go on a picnic to your favorite spot, or your back yard
79- Start a nature journal
80- Play restaurant, make menus & let the kids cook!
81- Play Mad Libs
82- Kick a soccer ball
83- Play I-spy
84- Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
85- Make musical instruments
86- Make a memory jar or book to store your summer memories
87- Play frisbee
88- Build a campfire, try different ways of starting it and learn a new skill
89- Have an action figure battle
90- Draw a flip book
91- Read fun science books
92- Go to a lake or river and feed the ducks
93- Build a marble run out of tubes
94- Bird watch with binoculars or a camera
95- Watch or set off fireworks
96- Play baseball or kickball
97- Go on a bike ride
98- Read a joke book (we love this one)
99- Build a sand castle
100- Have a pillow fight
101- Go star gazing, or pick out shapes in the clouds
Whew! That is quite a list! Hopefully it helps you and your kids have a blast this summer!!
What are your favorite screen free summer activities? How do you make the most of the season?
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