15 Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids

It’s almost time for summer fun! My kids have Memorial Day off, 3 more full days of school, then 3 half days (if you can call them half, they get out at 10:45am). On June 7th, summer commences!

I’ve been thinking of things I can do with the girls over the summer. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…

Arts & Crafts: There’s so much you can do to create and exercise little imaginations, and a lot of these don’t require a super-crafty Mama at all!
  • Build a Fairy House! ~ We did this last year and it’s high on our list of things to do this summer.
  • Tie-Dyed T-shirts ~ I’m planning to be ambitious with this project and have the girls help me dye the muslin for their new bedroom curtains. They’re very excited.
  • Sculpey clay figures & beads ~ my kids love making & baking the beads for their own necklaces. These make great gifts as well!
  • Create collages ~ Got a stack of old magazines or cards that you can’t bear to recycle, but you’re not sure if you’ll ever find a use for them? Give them to your kids and let them make collages. My girls love cutting out pictures to glue on colored paper and poster board. No extra magazines? Let the kids cut out shapes and animals from colored paper and glue those into a jungle or ocean scene.
  • Marble magnets ~ These are a lot of fun… print out small clip art or have the kids draw little pictures, use jewel glue to sandwich the image between a clear cabochon marble and a magnet and voila! Beautiful and original magnets for hanging your kids’ artwork on the fridge! For a fun twist, print your chosen images onto Shrinky Dink paper, bake to shrink them down and then glue those to the magnets. I have a bunch of these and every one is my favorite.

Play Outside: Kids have so much energy and nothing says summer like playing in the sunshine!

  • Turn on the sprinklers and let the kids play to their hearts’ content… you can even water your garden at the same time!
  • Sidewalk chalk is a guaranteed kid-pleaser. My front porch is an ever-changing work of art all summer long and I love that they’re not using up mass quantities of paper with their drawings.
  • Plant a garden! I have been surprised at how much my kids enjoy helping with our garden. They have taken over the weeding and watering, by choice… can’t argue with that!
  • Paint rocks ~ Smooth small to medium rocks are the best. My husband and I did this last summer and placed them near our fairy house as a surprise. The kids are absolutely convinced that our garden fairies created this little works of art. We use ours as garden decorations, hidden amongst the petunias and tomato plants. Use clear acrylic sealer to waterproof yours if you plan to display them outside.
  • Have a picnic ~ Pack a lunch and enjoy your front yard, local park or one of your area’s state parks. Make sure to point out the birds, trees and flowers around you… show your kids the beauty of  nature all around us.
  • Go throw a ball ~ baseball, basketball, wiffle ball. It’s great exercise and kids love playing games with their parents. You can even play a good old-fashioned game of Freeze Tag, Mother-May-I or Hide-and-Seek.
  • Walk or ride bikes! Explore your neighborhood and surrounding community… find a local ice cream parlor or park and make it your destination. Carry a basket with you to collect interesting rocks, acorns, flowers and leaves.

What are you planning for summer fun with your kids? 

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • I wish I could take the girls to DC and go to the various museums. I was born in Fairfax, VA, not far from DC, we used to go downtown all the time. The last time I was there was 2000, too long ago.

    I keep thinking of more ideas… I may have to post a new revised list in a couple of weeks. 🙂

  • I wish I could take the girls to DC and go to the various museums. I was
    born in Fairfax, VA, not far from DC, we used to go downtown all the
    time. The last time I was there was 2000, too long ago.

    I keep thinking of more ideas… I may have to post a new revised list in a couple of weeks. 🙂

  • My girls love sidewalk chalk too Melissa! They draw pictures, play
    hopscotch… so many possibilities for fun there! I love your idea about
    the person who picks up the most trash getting a prize. Awesome
    inspiration for helping keep our state parks clean! Thank you!

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