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Summer Activities For Kids

Are you looking for fun and creative summer activities for kids to keep them engaged and entertained all season?

 

Summer is a great time for children to learn, explore and experience new things.

 

From outdoor adventures to educational crafts, there are plenty of ways to fill the days with family-friendly fun.

 

In this blog post, we’re gonna share some of our favorite summer activities for kids that’ll make their break from school extra fun!

 

Art & Creativity 

  

Suncatchers

Supplies Needed:

Tissue paper, paper

How-to Guide:

Have your child rip up several sheets of different colored tissue paper (this is a fun activity in and of itself). Then, stick the ripped pieces onto the sticky side of some contact paper. You can cut the contact paper out in different shapes, or I like to have a template that the children stick the tissue paper around. After the tissue paper has been applied, you can stick the contact paper to a window to reveal your homemade suncatcher! 

 

Coffee Filter Butterflies 

Supplies Needed:

Coffee filters, washable markers, spray bottle, pipe cleaners

How-to Guide:

Using washable markers, have your child color several coffee filters. (This activity specifically works if your child colors on two coffee filters that are layered on top of each other.) Lay the colored coffee filters on a washable surface. Using a spray bottle, mist them with water. The more the filters are sprayed, the more the design runs and bleeds; the choice is yours!

After the coffee filters are dry, accordion fold the filters back and forth. Stack two folded filters (either two identical filters that were colored together or two different filters) on top of each other. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and put the filters in between the folded pipe cleaner, having the middle of the filters secured against the pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner and curl the two open ends to look like butterfly antennas. Fan out the accordion pipe cleaners to reveal your beautiful watercolor butterfly!

 

Rock ‘n Roll Painting

Supplies Needed:

Rocks, paper, shallow box, paint

How-to Guide:

Have your child go outside and find several small rocks. Then let them select their favorite colored piece of paper and place it in a wide, shallow box or container. Squirt some paint into the box. Drop several rocks into the box and let your child roll the rocks around through the paint along their paper! You can add a lid or cover to the box and let your child shake the rocks around in the box. Now you have a beautifully painted piece of paper, and some painted rocks that you can use to decorate outside!

 

Fly Swatter Splat

Supplies Needed:

Fly swatter, paint, paper

How-to Guide:

Dip a clean fly swatter into some paint. Hit the fly swatter against some paper several times for a fun-looking art display (this activity can be messy)!

 

Fingerprint Bugs

Supplies Needed:

Paint, paper, marker

How-to Guide:

Have your child dip their finger into different washable paint colors or a stamp pad and then dot their finger across a piece of paper. After the paint has dried, draw little eyes, legs, wings, antennae, etc on the fingerprints to resemble little bugs! Draw a large jar outline on your paper and fingerpaint your little bugs inside the jar for added fun! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your fingerprint bugs here

 

STEM

 

Backyard Bug Hunt

Supplies Needed:

The great outdoors

How-to Guide:

Go outside and hunt for some bugs! Search under rocks and leaves or around flowers and trees! 

 

Tree Bark Rubbings

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencils, crayons, chalk, trees

How-to Guide:

Collect some paper, pencils, crayons, and/or chalk and go outside. Choose a tree and hold a piece of paper against the trunk. Using a pencil, crayon, or some chalk, rub it on the paper and see the different textures that come from the tree bark! 

 

Sunshine shadow exploration

Supplies Needed:

Chalk, sunshine, flashlight

How-to Guide:

Go outside and find your shadow. Use chalk to trace your child’s shadow! Take a walk and discover other shadows that have been cast by the sun, such as flowers, trees, and even little buzzing bees. You can also go inside the house and use a flashlight to discover different shadows!

 

Chlorophyll Painting

Supplies Needed:

Leaves, paper

How-to Guide:

Collect several different leaves from outside. Lay out a piece of paper and choose a leaf to use. Rub the leaf across the paper to “paint” the paper green!

 

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Supplies Needed:

Storage bags, half and half, sugar, vanilla, ice, salt

How-to Guide:

In a small storage bag, pour 1 cup of half and half, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Push all the air out and seal the bag. In a larger storage bag, combine 3 cups of ice and ⅓ cup of salt. Put the filled, smaller bag into the larger bag with ice and seal. Shake the bag vigorously for about 10 minutes or until you have an ice cream consistency. Enjoy! 

 

Gross Motor

 

Balloon Tennis

Supplies Needed:

Large craft stick, paper plate, balloon

How-to Guide:

Tape a large craft stick or paint stirring stick to a paper plate. You can decorate the paper plate for added fun! Blow up a balloon and take turns bopping up the balloon back and forth to each other.

 

Move Like A Bug

Supplies Needed:

Bug Movement Cards

How-to Guide:

These Bug Movement Cards are a great way to do some gross motor exercises and have a fun learning experience! Download your free Bug Movement Cards here.

 

Bumblebee Red Light, Green Light

Supplies Needed:

Your running feet

How-to Guide:

Play red light, green light, but pretend the caller is a flower, and everyone else is a bumblebee who is trying to get to the flower!

 

Water Play

Supplies Needed:

Sensory table, splash pad, sprinkler, water, other toys

How-to Guide:

Use a sensory table, splash pad, or hose and sprinkler to create some water fun. Add some scoops, measuring cups, or toys to the sensory table to add to the exploration! 

 

Fine Motor

 

Ice Painting

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, water, food coloring, craft stick, paper

How-to Guide:

Fill a muffin tin or ice cube tray with water. Drop some food coloring into each spot. Put a craft stick into each spot and then freeze. Once frozen, have your child use the frozen paint to paint on a piece of paper! 

 

Fishing

Supplies Needed:

Kiddie pool, fish toys, water, toys

How-to Guide:

Fill up a kiddie pool or large bin with water. Place fish toys (or whatever you want) in the water. Give your child a net, strainer, or whisk to fish out the toys! 

 

Bubble Play

Supplies Needed:

Dish soap, water, bin, whisk, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Mix dish soap and water in a large container or bin to create lots of bubbles! Give your child a whisk to make even more bubbles!  Add some food coloring to make different colors!

 

Frozen Toy Rescue

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, water, small toys

How-to Guide:

Fill a muffin tin with water and drop in a small toy into each cup. Put in the freezer. After it has frozen, take out the tin from the freezer and remove the frozen toys. Let your child chip away the ice to save the toys!

 

Playdough 

Supplies Needed:

Flour, salt, oil, cream of tarter, hot water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Have your child help you measure out 3 cups of flour, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of salt, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 3 cups of hot water, and your favorite food coloring. Mix together to make your homemade play dough! 

 

Social-Emotional

 

Bubble Snake

Supplies Needed:

Disposable water bottle, sock, rubber bands, dish soap, water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Cut the bottom off of a disposable water bottle. Take an old sock and slip it over the bottom of the bottle, covering the cut-off portion (you may want to trim the sock if it is too long). Secure the sock with rubber bands. Squirt a lot of dish soap into a bowl of water and dip the sock portion into the water. Blow through the top of the bottle to make a bubble snake! You can add food coloring to the wet sock to get different colored bubbles! 

 

Sensory Bottles

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, water, oil, glitter, beads, etc., hot glue

How-to Guide:

Use any empty disposable plastic bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). You can fill the bottles with all sorts of different materials: toys, dirt, water, oil, rice, glitter, marbles, sequins, beads, etc. Make sure to secure the lid of the bottle well by using hot glue. 

 

Pinwheels 

Supplies Needed:

Paper, hot glue, craft stick

How-to Guide:

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping an ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin!

 

Cloud Dough

Supplies Needed:

Cornstarch, conditioner, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Have your child help your measure out 1 cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of conditioner. Mix together and you have some fluffy cloud dough! You can keep it white to resemble clouds, or use food coloring to make it your child’s favorite color!

 

Sensory Bin

Supplies Needed:

Large bin, rice, beans, scoops, measuring cups, etc

How-to Guide:

Get any large bin or container and pour dirt, rice, beans, lentils, sand, etc into it. The kids love to run their fingers through whatever is in the bin. You can also add shovels, measuring cups, bug toys, blocks, etc. in the bin for your child to scoop and play around with. 

 

Language & Literacy 

 

Flower Match

Supplies Needed:

Paper, marker, scissors

How-to Guide:

Cut out several flowers using different colored paper. Get two flowers that are the same color. On one flower write an uppercase letter and on the second flower write the lowercase letter. You can do this with all the letters in the alphabet, the letters in your childs name, or just a bunch of random letters. Mix up all the lettered flowers and have your child match the upper and lower case letters together!

 

Name Art

Supplies Needed:

Paper, painters tape, paint

How-to Guide:

Have your child select their favorite colored piece of paper. Using painter’s tape, apply strips to the paper that spell out your child’s name. Let your child paint the paper, being sure to cover up all the tape. Carefully remove the tape to reveal your child’s name!

 

 

These fun and engaging summer activities for kids not only keep them entertained and having an absolute blast, but also foster the development of their creativity, fine motor skills, and language abilities.

 

From outdoor scavenger hunts to water balloon fights and arts and crafts projects, these activities provide a wide range of opportunities for your little ones to explore, create, and learn.

 

So, make the most of the sunny season and ensure that your children are reaping the incredible benefits of everything summer has to offer!

 

Here is the Preschool Summer Lesson Plan if you want to follow along:

Summer Activities For Kids Preschool Summer Lesson Plan

 

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