40 Awesome Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer (Craftiness Not Required!)

  1. Daphne says:

    My husband came up with this one on a rainy day when the kids were 2 and 4 years old. Put a 2×4 board on the floor to use as a “balance beam” and kids will play for hours! It was such a hit that we did it at a pirate-themed birthday party and it was a more popular activity than the pinata or scavenger hunt.

  2. Ursula @ Home Made by Carmona says:

    Lots of great ideas! Thank you for the shoutout! 😉

  3. Krissy says:

    Here were some of my boys’ favorite summer activities:

    Get out your yard toys – hula hoops, balls, bike ramps, soccer cones, bubble wands, etc., and make a kid-friendly obstacle course in your yard. Time the kids as they go through the course for their personal bests. Popsicles afterwards!

    Buy a large roll or sheet of white paper and securely tape it to an outdoor wall. Put out finger pants and watch the kids create works of art. Everyone into the sprinkler to clean off.

    Roll pinecones in peanut butter and birdseed. Hang from branches and watch the birds feed.

    Water balloon throwing contests.

    Hang powdered donuts on strings on a low, sturdy branch. Have a donut eating contest – no using hands!

    Buy enough bubble solution (or make homemade solution) to pour into a small kiddie pool. Use different size wands for bubbles.

    Visit a local animal shelter – some let you walk their calmer dogs.

    Grow your own snowflake crystals: tutorial here: http://video.about.com/chemistry/Borax-Crystal-Snowflakes.htm

    Rainy day? Try bowling. There is a kids bowl free program across the U.S., at certain bowling alleys.

    Make easy cornstarch “quicksand” (this was a big hit, especially running little toy vehicles into the goo!). Super easy instructions here: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/quicksand-goo

    Attend free bookstore children’s story hours

    Go to indoor free play spaces at the mall.

    Visit a local planetarium. Some have night star gazing classes for kids.

    Enjoy! – Krissy

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