Is your summer routine getting a little stale? Do you need some ideas to keep your kids occupied during the hot days with lots of free time? Here are some great resources for activities that keep kids interested while inspiring creativity and learning.
1. Printable calendars from 1+1+1=1
These free August calendars include a traceable option for your child to practice writing the month, days of the week, and numbers. At the link, you’ll also find suggested learning activities using calendars. This is a great way to reinforce calendar knowledge and give your kids a sense of time throughout the month.
2. Summer worksheets from Woo Jr.
Here you’ll find a huge collection of free summer-themed printables—not only coloring pages, but also word searches and other activity pages. There’s a wide range of options that can be used all the way from toddler to upper elementary aged. These can be used at home, out and about, or on a road trip.
3. Boredom jar from Somewhat Simple
Here’s a simple solution for those infamous complaints of boredom when time is hanging heavy on your kids’ hands. You’ve probably heard of this idea before, but this site offers a printable label and activities and chores to be placed in the jar, making it a no-brainer to create!
4. Homemade bubbles from Rust & Sunshine
Here’s one for the preschoolers: let them have fun both making and using homemade bubbles, with ingredients you won’t run out of as quickly (especially when your toddler decided to dump out that entire container of store-bought bubbles you just opened).
5. Water play ideas from Screen-Free Parenting
These ideas are also focused on toddlers and preschoolers. If you don’t have access to a pool, and you have multiple children who can’t swim, it’s still possible to have fun in the water on those hot summer days! These creative sensory activities will stretch your preschooler’s imagination—and of course, they’re a lot of fun.
6. Homemade board games from The Outlaw Mom
Do your kids (or you) get bored with board games? Here are some fun DIY versions that they’ll love to help you make. Creating a game together can be a bonding experience, and make everyone more likely to want to play what they’ve thought up!
7. Recipes to make together from Martha Stewart
Cooking together is always a perfect collaborative activity, and the longer days of summer allow for extra time for your little chefs to practice their skills! It’s helpful to start with simple recipes that kids will enjoy both making and eating.
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