Summertime is just around the corner, and summer break is already in session for some students. That means those inevitable cries of “Mom, I’m bored!” are also just around the corner! It doesn’t seem to matter how many fun family activities are packed into our schedules, downtime at home often results in the need for summer boredom busters. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with this list of 20 ideas that are SO much fun, kids won’t even realize that they’re also educational!
Most of these activities are appropriate for preschool through early elementary age children, and many can also be adapted to fit your child’s age and skill level. Join in the fun, play with your child, feed their imagination (and yours, too!), and build fun family memories together!
Water Balloon Phonics from Mess for Less
Jackson Pollock Style Painting
Preschool Color Sorting Activity
Sight Word Hopscotch by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Oil + Water Kids Science Experiment
Balloon Rockets by Discover Explore Learn
Make Your Own Solar Oven from I Can Teach My Child
Vinegar + Baking Soda Science Experiments
Homemade Microwave Puffy Paint (Baking Science)
DIY Giant Board Game from The 36th Avenue
Family Photo Memory Match Game
Penny Boats from PBS Parents
Make a Circles Collage inspired by Wassily Kandinsky
How to Make a Sundial from Learn~Play~Imagine
Leak-Proof Bag Experiment by Paging Fun Mums
Learn How to Make Recycled Paper
Make a Sand Volcano by Growing a Jeweled Rose
Even snack time can be educational when it’s filled with brain-boosting strategy games like checkers and tic tac toe!
DOWNLOAD & PRINT: SNACK TIME CHECKERS
DOWNLOAD & PRINT: SNACK TIME TIC TAC TOE
My boys love these Cheddar Sandwich Crackers by Horizon (the peanut butter version is yummy, too!), and since we always have them on-hand, I sized the checkerboard to fit them perfectly. To distinguish between the two teams, I used a red food coloring marker to draw hearts on half of the crackers. Easy peasy!
My four-year-old wanted to play a snack time game, but he’s not terribly interested in checkers yet, so I made him a tic tac toe board. We played the game with Horizon’s Honey & Chocolate Snack Grahams (MY favorite snack these days!), and we had fun changing up our game pieces each round – first we’d play shape vs. shape, then flavor vs. flavor, etc. SO much fun!
Summer is an ideal time to participate in new educational memory making activities with your children, so I hope that this list will help inspire your summer creativity!
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