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20 Super Fun Summer Activities for Kids

For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.

Penelope Leach, psychologist

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Bring on summer! Sunny days, ice cream swimming… And a ton of other super fun summer activities for kids! Most of these ideas on what to do with your kids are frugal and are easy to set up.

Go On A Bug Hunt

1. Give your kids a magnifying glass and send them on a bug hunt! Have them make a bug journal as they go. There are a ton of creepy crawlies all around. To make things educational go to the library and borrow a book or two about bugs.


2. They can do the same with plants. There are hundreds if not thousands of plant species and kids can spend the entire summer discovering all the varieties around the neighborhood and house. Grab a book for a little help
Go on a bug hunt
Rock Mosiac

Create A Rock Mosaic

3. Make a rock mosaic. This one is two times fun – first gathering the rocks (if you don’t live in an area with rocks you can always find them at dollar stores, or gardening stores). Now that you have your rocks make a “picture frame” – like draw a square with side walk chalk. Now let the kids create their masterpieces by using only rocks (you can even color the rocks to make it easier).

Go To The Beach

4. Go to the beach… In your back yard! You could get two small swimming pools from the dollar store and fill one with sand and other with water. Make everything as you would when you would go to the beach – pack snacks, drinks, beach ball, flip flops (crosswords puzzles for you) and let’s get busy!
Go To The Beach
Visit A Foreign Country

Visit A Foreign Country

5. Visit a foreign country… from your living room that is (unless it’s in your budget). If you have a globe you can spin it and let the kids randomly pick a country… Or if you have an atlas have the kids open a random page and pick a country. Have neither – internet has it all – you can go with this random country generator (just set it to 1). Once you’ve got your country do a quick search online – print a picture or two and have the kids glue their own pictures on that picture (like a photo from the trip). Check if the randomly selected country has easy to make traditional recipes an make them together…

Build A Playhouse

6. Build a playhouse! There are so many ways you can go about it – Inside or outside  and you don’t have to spend a fortune on a playhouse kit. Simple cardboard always being a fun and frugal choice!
Build a Playhouse

Make A Water Blob

7. Swimming pool meets trampoline with this awesome summer outdoor project. The Water Blob, with just a few supplies from the hardware store you’ll have everything you need to create hours of summer fun for your kids. Make a water blob (by Paging Fun Mums)! Such an inexpensive project and so much fun! 

Fly A Kite

8. Buy or even better make a kite! For the less crafty out there you can also have a ton of fun with a light plastic bag (the ones you can get when buying fruits, or those see through garbage bags) and some string – easy peasy DIY kite! Learn more about building a Kite at home here

Make A Time Capsule

9. Make a time capsule and bury it. Just make sure you make a good map of where you’ve buried it in case you want to find it years later. Me and my childhood best friend did the time capsule thing and now more than 20 years later I kind of wish I’d known where it is.

Make Water Balloon or Sponge Bombs

10.Water play is always a hit at our house, and water bomb balloons or sponges are the perfect water toy for a fun filled summer afternoon in the backyard. 

Make sponge bombs and have some water fun! Inner Child Fun

Water Balloons
Kids Photo Diary

Create A Photo Diary


11. Start a photo diary! Have your kids snap a photo of something each day, print the photo and place it in an album along with a few notes about that photo. Photo Diary books are great long lasting projects that your kids will love in 20 years…


12. Sprinkles! Can’t have a fun summer without sprinkles – perfect to cool down on a hot summer day. Whether it’s squirt guns, fancy hose nozzles or you make awesome ones by using pool noodles . There are all kinds of water toys that you do not need a pool for and the kids will stay cool during those hot summer days.

Backyard Obstacle Course

Make an Obstacle Course

13. Speaking of noodles. They make great resources for designing and building a backyard obstacle course. Cardboard boxes, ladders, chairs, sheets for tenting all make for a DIY obstacle course for the kids. 

Lemonade Stand

14. Set up a lemonade stand (classic). While your at it include ice cream, cookies, a bake sale and or anything else to spice it up. Lemonade is easy. Scour the neighborhood for lemons from a tree. This is the best kind of lemonade. (Of course make sure you ask first). Once you secure lemons it’s time to make lemonade. 

Lemonade Stand
Ice Experiments

Ice Experiments

15. Kids will have a blast with these ice cube experiments and ice melting experiments to learn about science experiments from temperature changes, how frost is formed, to the states of matter of water! Play and explore with ice! Like do these ice experiments! Play Ideas

Make Paper Airplanes

16. Go to the library and borrow a book about folding paper air planes (you’ll be amazed at how many different ways there are to fold a plane!). Make a few and have a competition to see which model will fly the furthest (or highest, or makes the most loops…).

Paper Air Planes

Homemade Ice Cream 

17. Make your own ice cream. Have the kids plan everything from the name to the ingredients (within reason). If you don’t have an ice cream machine there are many ways you can make a fluffy and delicious ice cream!

Make Your Own Clothes

18. Buy an inexpensive piece of clothing for kids – preferably white, some textile paints or markers and let them create their very own clothes (or even a clothes line if you find a good bargain). You can also buy clothes that are ready for painting and coloring that have pre designed art on them.

Study The Night Sky 

19. Learn about the night sky! Search for constellations and mark them down on your sky map (there are a ton of them online).

Build San Castles 

20. Build sand castles! You don’t even have to be at the beach to make them – you can get a ton of sand from gardening and hardware stores for pennies!

Sand castles


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