49 Free Summer Activities for Kids

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School’s only been out for two weeks, and here it comes, the dreaded whine of, “I’m bored.” Children are still limited in their cognitive development in many ways, and quite frankly they do believe the world revolves around them. It’s our job as parents to teach them that the world does not and to help them learn the skills of empathy and patience.   

Summer can be an essential time to support this development. Rather than giving in to your children’s every demand and whim, feeling pressure to spend money entertaining them every minute of every day, encourage them to do some things by themselves to boost their creativity and development.

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

  1.   Shoot funny home videos singing, dancing, or just acting goofy. 
  2.   Write and act out a play. 
  3.   Read a book.
  4.   Write a story. Illustrate it.  
  5.   Listen to music. 
  6.   Dance. 
  7.   Create a scavenger hunt. 
  8.   Play a board game. 
  9.   Make a homemade board game. 
  10.   Write letters to friends or relatives. 
  11.   Make homemade cards. 
  12.   Play hide-and-go-seek.
  13.   Camp out in the backyard. 
  14.   Make snow cones out of crushed ice. 
  15.   Take a walk…or better yet, walk the dog.
  16.   Ride a bike. 
  17.   Make a mud pie. 
  18.   Learn to make origami. 
  19.   Learn almost any new skill…YouTube has an infinite supply of do-it-yourself videos. 
  20.   Run through the sprinkler. 
  21.   Paint with water on the patio or deck. 
  22.   Paint rocks. 
  23.   Set up a backyard obstacle course. 
  24.   Make crafts out of paper. 
  25.   Play hopscotch. 
  26.   Create shadow puppets.
  27.   Rearrange your room.
  28.   Learn string games.
  29.   Watch old home movies.
  30.   Build a fort.
  31.   Make a necklace out of pasta or cereal. 
  32.   Climb a tree.
  33.   Solve a crossword or word search.
  34.   Play free online games. 
  35.   Make a pet rock. 
  36.   Learn to speak Pig Latin. 
  37.   Have a fashion show. 
  38.   Research careers. 
  39.   Jump rope. 
  40.   Blow bubbles. 
  41.   Make your own Play-doh or slime. 
  42.   Finger paint.
  43.   Decorate a T-shirt.
  44.   Watch the clouds. 
  45.   Wash the car. 
  46.   Wash the dog. 
  47.   Collect bugs. 
  48.   Play with sidewalk chalk. 
  49.   Bake a cake.

Make time to do some of these activities together as well. While it’s crucial we teach children empathy, it’s also important we balance that by giving our time and attention to our children. Any of these free activities will be lots of fun to do together.

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