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Ahhh, summer..

“Mom, I’m bored.”

Oh right, summer… Trying to find some creative, educational and in most cases free ways to entertain the little ones? Me too. That’s why I love this list. These are my collection of ideas from all over the place and some of my own experiences too! I keep printouts of ideas for things to do for those days when I have mommy brain and things are a little… Foggy. We all have those days. Don’t judge.

1.  Library-check out books that have IDEAS – give reason for further hands on study (activity).  Reserve books through your online service at your local library that have items of interest for your childs age group, how to make paper airplanes, science experiments, craft projects, etc. even as we are learning about different artists we are practicing our learning by completing art projects…get creative with the books you can get…

2. Library-STORY TIME – something about a different setting breaks up the routine for the kids, gives them something to look forward to.

3. Local Park – go early, pack a lunch, enjoy the outside before its too hot.

4. Take a field trip.

5.  Visit a fire department.

6.  Play in the water – but aside from the everyday play in the sprinkler, kiddie pool – make games with the water – use the water with paint brushes and paint the fence (it dries clear, lol)…put coloring in the water and stretch paper across a fence – fill water guns with this colored water and then they are really painting with water colors.

7. build a fort- go to nearby woods, gather sticks, broken branches, etc. build a fort, or house this will provide days worth of enjoyment both in the gathering/building/playing inside.

8. Take a nature walk. Google parks with trails in your area and explore a new place every time you leave.

9.  Take an  “Alphabet tour”- this one makes running errands fun. You can also do shapes and colors for younger kiddos

10.  Check out kids free days at your museums.

11. Make homemade icecream (if you don’t keep heavy cream on hand you will have to buy it, but hey its still pretty cheap entertainment/enjoyment).  Make popcicles, smoothies, ice cream sundaes.

12. Go on a scavenger hunt.

13.  Host a neighborhood carnival (we’re talking bean bag toss, use the water gun to shoot the ducky, egg on the spoon, those kind of games)  – each neighbor hosts a game/activity and gives out a snack/drink – makes for a very fun day.

14.  Go to an outdoor concert (most towns/cities have a website where you can see what/when and which ones are free.)

15.  Check your movie theater for free summer movies (usually morning showings).

16.  Go to the beach.

17.  Check out your local hardware store – they offer free kids club building projects.

18.  Cook with your kids let them plan it, be apart of the shopping, table setting – don’t forget dessert!

19.  Host a cooking party – invite some friends (your kids aren’t the only ones home and wanting something to do) – have each mom bring a few ingredients and spend the day making cookies, treats, etc. (maybe you know someone who could use some extra love and attention – make a whole meal with these friends, let the kids make cards, and go make someones day brighter and happier).

20.  Make a nature scrapbook- include pictures, leaf rubbings and dried flowers.

21.  Go fly a kite.

22.  Do a sewing project together.  Make a picnic or story time blanket.

23.  Make sock puppets – put on a puppet shows.

24.  Go outside for reading time.

25. Make and blow bubbles

26.  Hide all the army men, mini animals, etc. in the sand pit – have a excavation. Read a book about archeologists before hand).

27.  Play dress up.

28.  Have a tea party.

29.  Make an obstacle course out of your back yard and have races.

30. Play hopscotch.

31. Go fishing.

32. Go on a bike ride.

33. Camp in your back yard.

34.Melt and create with crayons (you know you have an entire box of broken ones anyway).

35. Visit a local state park.

36. Go bowling. A lot of the alleys offer students 2 free games over the summer.

37. Plant a garden using seeds from your vegetables/fruits.

38. Tour local historic sites.

39. Identify constellations or just star gaze.

40. Teach the kids to knit or make friendship bracelets.

41. Check with a local farm – offer to help feed the animals.

42. Set up a lemonade stand.

43. Set up Hotwheels races in the driveway.

44. Have a LEGO building contest.

45. Make a doll. Corn dollies (made from corn husks were a favorite of children in times past).

46. Hunt for animal tracks.

47. Have a dress up party.

48. Learn bird calls.

49. Use magazines to make mosaics.

50. Check your craft stores for make and take craft projects.

51. Tour a factory.

52. Make musical instruments and become a ‘home band’ sensation! (think – pie pan tambourine, paper towel holder rain stick, string and cereal box guitar).

53. Make tye die shirts.

54. Take a picnic to dad/mom/grandma/ etc… give them a nice break from their work day.

55. Make a tent in the living room. This is great for rainy days.

56. Go to an Arboretum.

57. Make a bird feeder with pine cones & peanut butter and bird seed.

58. Paint with fruit and veggies and anything else you will let them paint with – think q-tips, old toothbrush, sponges, leaves…. etc.

59. Play charades.

60. Have a “BORED” game day – pull out all those dusty games and let each child pick a game – if its nice outside – take em out on your picnic blanket.

61. Walk your neighbors dog.

62.blow up Diet Coke with Mentos.

63. Make silhouettes.

64. Take a drive to a small town and wander around the square. This is a favorite in our family.

65. Learn origami.

66. Make a compass.

67. Gather friends and have a “clean” the park day – celebrate your good deed with a picnic and play time.

68. Sculpt with homemade salt clay.

69. Collect Seashells.

70. Play “I Spy” as you walk around your neighborhood.

71. Go to a farmers market.

72. Find a stream and look for crayfish. Warning- you will all get wet!

73. Check your newspaper for local summer festivals.

74. Make applesauce.

75. Go to a pond and feed the ducks. Don’t forget the bread and popcorn.

76. Make taffy.

77. Make a checker board and your own checkers.

78. Make your own board games.

79. Make a milk carton boat and head to a pond.

80. Have a Christmas in July party and ask all the guests to bring donations for your local food pantry.

81. Participate in a free activity at Bass Pro Shop. Sadly we don’t have one of these stores nearby *tear*.

82. Have a major league team in your area? Call about free kids tickets this summer.

83. Take a trip to tour your state capitol, local courthouse, etc.

84. Gather, paint, make pet rocks.

85. Plan a theme day, think wild west or groovy ’60s.

86. Volunteer at a local charity/Habitat for Humanity.

87. Have a pajama day, enjoy movies and popcorn another rainy day must.

88. Color.

89. Make a wind chime.

90. Write your own poems. We love Haiku.

91. Host a donation day. Dig through your stuff and have friends and neighbors do the same and take items to a local charity. Kids really love the idea of helping those with less.

92. “Play” school.

93. Make paper dolls.

94. Travel around the world. Have English scones for breakfast, Chinese Stir Fry for lunch, Italian for dinner. Make a craft to go with each country, get a library book with photos of these places.

95. Get a penpal. For little ones who are not yet writing, drawing pictures works just fine.

96. Play in the rain and stomp in puddles.

97. Catch fireflies.

98. Make sun tea. Have children decide what else to add, strawberries, lime, raspberries, etc.

99. Make a sandcastle. If you don’t have a sand box, gather up all sorts of containers and some water jugs and head over to your local park – spend the day building a great sand castle together.

100.  Dig for worms.

Most importantly remember the simplicity of childhood is found in the quality of the time spent together. Enjoy each moment, create an environment of joy and excitement, learning and fun and I am certain this summer will be one we all remember for a very long time. even better, a whole lot less, “I’m bored,” and a whole lot more, “that was awesome!!”

High five mama, you are awesome!



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