This summer I have every intention of doing some of the fun activities I've been pinning and bookmarking on my computer for the last couple of years. I must admit that because I'm not the most creative mom, I don't always follow through with my grand plans for a boatload of activities.
Here are 35 activity ideas that I've collected and shared with you! Some I've done and many I'm planning on doing this summer! These are frugal, fun and simple, and they won't take a lot of preparation or crafty skill. Perfect for our kids and hopefully for yours as well!
- 7 Activities to do with Glow Sticks
- Fireworks in a Jar
- Jumping Grasshopper Craft
- Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint with Broken Chalk Pieces
- Sponge Relay
- Simple Bubble Recipe (No Glycerin)
- Easy Rainbow Bubble Snakes
- Campfire Cones Snack
- Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
- DIY Sponge Ball
- Reading Map (link to printable under "Make Reading an Adventure" heading)
- Sidewalk Chalk City
- Melt Crayons in the Sun
- Spray each other with a hose
- Go on a nature walk and/or bike ride
- Make your own Bouncy Ball
- 6 Summer Ministry Ideas to do with your Kids
- Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
- DIY Sidewalk Paint
- Visit all the parks in your area at least once
- Go on a picnic
- Complete these printable All About Bees Activities and make some Hunny Bee Cookies and buy some local honey for added fun
- Campfire Snack (with grapes, pretzels and cheese!)
- Splash in puddles on a rainy day
- Grow "Window Sprouts"
- Make a Sprinkler out of a Pop Bottle
- Race Soap Boats (or just float them in the kiddie pool)
- Paint with water on the sidewalk/driveway
- Have a hula hoop contest
- Have a Drive Inn Movie Event (great for a really hot day)
- Go to a free kids workshops at Lowe's or Home Depot
- Play the Circle Sidewalk Game
- Make Mini Marshmallow Shooters
- Make Solar Smores
- Make healthy fruit & yogurt popsicles!
Need a few more ideas? Check out four essential items for frugal kids summer activities! And here are some great free and frugal family summer fun ideas from contributor Ashley!
You can print out these ideas and cross them off as you go (just copy and paste into a Word doc) or write each on a popsicle stick and put them in a jar, like this!
Please feel free to pin this post if you enjoy it!! Have a fun and frugal summer!