Summer time can be so busy with picnics and camping, gardening and food preservation. It is easy to breath a sigh of relief that the school year is over, put the books away and get on to other things. But summer time can be one of the best times for learning, because children want something interesting to do, and are glad to do things that don’t feel like school, but really involve learning. Here are several ideas that might enhance summer learning at your house.
Have a theme for each day of the week.
Make Something Monday – Craft day
Try Something Tuesday – Try an activity or a science experiment and see what happens
Wander Somewhere Wednesday – Go out exploring and see or do something new
Thoughtful Thursday – Do something for someone else
Fabulous and Fun Friday – Think of the most fun thing you could do, something active
Or maybe you would like to make a list of activities you think would work for the summer. Write them on paper, cut them apart and put them in a jar. Choose a child to pull a paper out of the jar. Whatever is written on the paper is the activity of the day.
Another idea is to get out a calender, and a list of fun things to do, and have your children decide with you what will happen each day. Write it on the calender, and then look forward, and plan for fun times ahead.
Be sure to include some time in your summer schedule for inside activities, and outside activities, time with read books and time to run around. It is always good to have a little time to work in the week, helping with chores, working in the garden, doing things for other people or your church. And make sure there is some time to learn more about nature, and the God of creation. Do all these things, your children will love summer, learning and growing, even without homeschool curriculum in their hands.
I have collected links to quite a few interesting summer activities. What if you planned to do one at least once a week, or maybe even every day? If you know of other interesting summer learning activities, be sure to tell us about them in the comments, and add a link, if you would like.
Painting and Drawing
How to make watercolor paints from flower petals
Footprint sailboat with poster paints
Fork dandelions and fingerprint fandelions
Bubble paint flowers
Watercolor painting ideas
Use sticks as your canvas
Magic sidewalk squirt painting
Wood spoon stakes – maybe a gift for someone
A pipecleaner Chameleon
Great craft ideas
Nature objects from Maple tree seeds
DIY Glitter Rainboots. (What other kind of shoe would your child like to glitter?)
100 Engineering Projects for Kids
Dandelion crown (or maybe daisies too)
Summer Science Ideas
Rainbow bubble snakes
Kool-aid play dough – homemade
Frozen Boats – for the lake or the bathtub
Botany activities for kids
Glow in the dark ring toss
Giant Backyard Scrabble
When you go to the water make some stone feet to show you were there
Build an outdoor race car track
Make bubbles that bounce
Pool noodle sprinkler
Water activities for kids
Make some homemade stilts
Make a tent, for playing, reading, dreaming, sleeping
Fun in the Kitchen
Fresh Fruit Pops
Healthy Summer Fruit Snacks
Grow Green Onions in your Windowsill
Make your own solar oven
Creative food plates
Butterfly Ziplock snacks and other ideas
Apple Sandwiches and other fun food to make with your kids