Babies & Kids, DIY & Recipes

100 Fun (& Free) Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

Are you looking for a dose of inspirational fun this summer? Make the most of the season by cycling these creative activities into your routine!

  1. Plant your own vegetable garden and flowers!
  2. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
  3. Fill a pool with water balloons or have a water balloon toss competition.
  4. Create a ‘mud kitchen’.
  5. Wash the car.
  6. Create your own ‘Twister’ game using chalk or paint.
  7. Build a garden tee-pee or willow fort.
  8. Camp in the backyard. We love this ‘flame retardant-free’ tent option!
  9. Build a sandcastle (with the best sand toys ever!)
  10. Host a tea party.
  11. Use paint to stamp your family’s hand prints on a canvas board!
  12. Draw with chalk. And write inspirational messages for all to see!
  13. Write your own storybook and create your own illustrations.
  14. Host a campfire & snack on s’mores.
  15. Play with Walking Cups and flip them over for more open-ended uses.
  16. Ride a scooter – my kiddo loves zipping around on this one.
  17. Create a giant sized memory matching game with paper plates.
  18. Decorate your bike & parade down the street.
  19. Bury a time capsule.
  20. Decorate rocks and hide them around your yard.
  21. Fly a kite! This is our favorite brand.
  22. Play mini golf in the yard.
  23. Play croquet.
  24. Complete a puzzle.
  25. Build with magnetic Tegu Blocks.
  26. Make your own fairy garden.
  27. Make a bird feeder. Don’t forget to paint it!
  28. Paddle a canoe or kayak.
  29. Curl up with a new book in your favorite hammock!
  30. Clean out your closets and see what cool things you’ll find!
  31. Try yoga or a DIY fitness class. Take turns being the ‘instructor’.
  32. Play badminton.
  33. Play with bubbles. Best bubbles for only $2 and they’re non-toxic!
  34. Make your own slime.
  35. Picnic at a local park or in your backyard.
  36. Light up the night and go on a flashlight adventure!
  37. Make homemade popsicles. These molds will last a lifetime and are a great non-toxic, eco-friendly version!
  38. Bake homemade cookies (on stainless steel trays, of course!)
  39. Make edible ‘Dirt Pudding’ or simply bake a cake and decorate it!
  40. Go bike riding or rollerblading.
  41. Host a luau! Think: Hawaiian food, dress, and music!
  42. Jump in puddles! We love these boots for rain or snow – they’re ACTUALLY natural rubber unlike many other brands.
  43. Enjoy an at-home spa day! Let your little one do a ‘makeover’ using non-toxic nail polish like this one!
  44. Play in the sprinkler.
  45. Swim in the pool. Add freshly picked flowers for some natural fun.
  46. See how many creative uses you can come up with using open-ended silks.
  47. Create an obstacle course – indoors or out.
  48. Make your own wind chime using items from your home.
  49. Reuse cardboard boxes – create a marble run, fort, or play furniture!
  50. Create homemade musical instruments.
  51. Sing karaoke.
  52. Adopt a pet.
  53. Dye a t-shirt.
  54. Play ‘I-Spy’!
  55. Catch fireflies.
  56. Try a new sport.
  57. Use a water table for sensory fun! Try adding pebbles, sand, dirt, oatmeal, rice, beans, coffee, or pasta!
  58. Paint outside – easy clean-up!
  59. Pick berries at a local orchard or grow your own!
  60. Visit the beach.
  61. Explore a park.
  62. Go on a treasure hunt.
  63. Go horseback riding.
  64. Shop the local Farmer’s Market.
  65. Explore a local forest or pond.
  66. Build a fort.
  67. Visit a zoo.
  68. Gaze at stars!
  69. Go fishing.
  70. Visit a farm.
  71. Volunteer.
  72. Watch a movie outdoors.
  73. Photography Day! Let your kiddo take ‘instant pictures’ of your fun-filled day with this camera. Create a memory box or collage.
  74. Make your own pizza. Yum.
  75. Squeeze your own lemonade and setup a lemonade stand.
  76. Go on a nature walk. Collect the most unique rocks, leaves, and flowers you can find.
  77. See how many creative uses you can find for a jump rope (Example: tent building, pulley, etc.)
  78. Make your own window art.
  79. Create DIY play dough.
  80. Make a DIY swing for the outdoors – customize it to your liking!
  81. Create your own scrapbook.
  82. Create a DIY dream catcher.
  83. Make your own friendship bracelets.
  84. Make a ribbon twirler wand.
  85. Press flowers and create a collage.
  86. Host your own puppet show.
  87. Conduct your own science experiments.
  88. Make your own rock candy.
  89. Create DIY edible finger paint.
  90. Create your own ‘Family Olympics’ Day.
  91. Host a bean bag toss competition.
  92. Make your own paper beads.
  93. Create personalized jewelry using noodles, string, and paint.
  94. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner outside to change up the scenery! Choose a different theme for each meal and dress the part!
  95. Play ‘ghost-in-the-grave-yard’.
  96. Visit your local library.
  97. Freeze toys in a bucket or Legos in ice cube trays.
  98. Host a dance party.
  99. Create a ‘naturescape’ in your backyard!
  100. Use your imagination and get creative!!!!

Most of all enjoy time with those you love! Happy Summer!

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