Summer At Home – Activity Ideas

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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.

 

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Painting and Drawing

How to make watercolor paints from flower petals
http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/14058-pineapple-pops.html

Footprint sailboat with poster paints
http://www.craftymorning.com/footprint-sailboat-craft-kids-make/

Fork dandelions and fingerprint fandelions
http://www.craftymorning.com/make-dandelions-using-fork-kids-craft/

Bubble paint flowers
http://www.craftymorning.com/make-dandelions-using-fork-kids-craft/

Watercolor painting ideas
http://www.howweelearn.com/easy-watercolor-painting-ideas/

Use sticks as your canvas
http://buggyandbuddy.com/art-kids-using-sticks/

Magic sidewalk squirt painting
http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/06/summer-fun-with-sidewalk-chalk.html

Wood spoon stakes – maybe a gift for someone

Crafts

A pipecleaner Chameleon
http://www.marthastewart.com/266158/pipe-cleaner-creatures

Great craft ideas
http://homesthetics.net/creative-fun-ages-easy-diy-wall-art-projects/

Nature objects from Maple tree seeds
http://www.filthwizardry.com/2012/10/autumn-woodland-treasure-sculpture.html

DIY Glitter Rainboots. (What other kind of shoe would your child like to glitter?)
http://www.homeheartcraft.com/blog/diy-glitter-rainboots

Avocado Cradle
http://www.parentingfuneveryday.com/do/nature-and-animal-crafts/how-to-make-a-corn-husk-doll/

Hands-On

100 Engineering Projects for Kids
http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/100-engineering-projects-kids/

Dandelion crown (or maybe daisies too)
http://wabisabiwanderings.blogspot.com/2010/05/crowned-with-flowers-tutorial.html

Summer Science Ideas
http://fun-a-day.com/summer-science-experiments-for-kids/

Rainbow bubble snakes
http://www.housingaforest.com/rainbow-bubble-snakes/

Kool-aid play dough – homemade
http://www.the36thavenue.com/kool-aid-playdough-recipe/

Frozen Boats – for the lake or the bathtub
http://www.readingconfetti.com/2012/07/natural-ice-boats.html

Botany activities for kids
http://www.readingconfetti.com/2013/05/10-botany-activities-for-kids-kids-co-op.html

Active Fun

Glow in the dark ring toss
http://mommadidit.blogspot.com/2012/07/light-up-night.html

Giant Backyard Scrabble
http://constantlylovestruck.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-much-fun.html

When you go to the water make some stone feet to show you were there
https://askepticaldesigners.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/artscrafts-26/

Build an outdoor race car track
https://nz.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/diy/h/13819630/how-to-build-a-race-car-track-for-the-kids/

Make bubbles that bounce
http://www.playathomemomllc.com/2011/09/bouncing-bubbles-2/

Pool noodle sprinkler
http://ziggityzoom.com/content/pool-noodle-sprinkler-summer-fun

Sponge ball toss
http://www.passionforsavings.com/2013/05/how-to-make-your-own-sponge-ball-toss/

Water activities for kids
http://anightowlblog.com/2013/07/25-water-activities-for-kids.html/#_a5y_p=3672919

Make some homemade stilts
http://teachmama.com/old-school-fun-coffee-can-stilts/

Make a tent, for playing, reading, dreaming, sleeping
http://www.craftionary.net/ways-to-make-tent

Fun in the Kitchen

Fresh Fruit Pops
<http://thenerdswife.com/bare-necessities-fresh-fruit-pops.html>

Healthy Summer Fruit Snacks

Grow Green Onions in your Windowsill
http://tercets.blogspot.com/2012/05/grow-green-onions-on-your-windowsill.html

Make your own solar oven
http://www.icanteachmychild.com/make-your-own-solar-oven/?_szp=367169

Banana snacks
http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/your-kids-will-go-banans-over-these-7-super-cute-snack-ideas/#banana-buddy

Playing with food
http://www.momtastic.com/food/400333-12-fun-healthy-snacks-for-kids/#/slide/1

Breakfast ideas
http://www.momtastic.com/food/400333-12-fun-healthy-snacks-for-kids/#/slide/1

Creative food plates
http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2014/03/creative-food-plates.html

Butterfly Ziplock snacks and other ideas
http://www.halfhourmeals.com/food-for-thought/fun-food-for-kids-10-cool-and-healthy-snacks/

Octopus Hotdogs
http://www.justputzing.com/2011/10/octopus-sausages.html

Apple Sandwiches and other fun food to make with your kids
http://www.eatwell101.com/easy-treats-recipes-for-kids

Barbara
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