Simple Summer Activities for Kids

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Summer Break is quickly becoming my favorite time of year! It is nice to forget about school routines for a while. We enjoy doing a DIY Summer Camp with lots of fun themes and activities. I know that route is not for everyone though. That is why I am here today to share some simple summer activities to help you make great memories with your kids without a whole lot of effort.

Plant a garden together.

Gardening with Kids

Some of my best childhood memories revolve around planting flowers with my mom and hanging out in my grandfather’s vegetable garden. Kids love to watch plants grow. Gardens also provide them with so many learning opportunities.

This activity can be as simple as planting a flower in a small pot. This year we are growing cherry tomatoes and cucumbers in pots. My kids also enjoy our backyard fairy garden. We like to change it up each season with different flowers and accessories.

Take a trip to the library.

Childrens Books about summer

Most libraries have summer reading programs that are great for kids. Our library also includes adults in their program so this is something we can all do together. Check out some fun books about summer or find books by their favorite author.

Our library also has small events throughout the summer to keep the kids entertained. Be sure to check the bulletin board in the children’s section of your library for this information. They may have story times for all different ages, Lego activities, coloring projects, and more!

Make a bird feeder craft.

Bird Feeder Craft

Bird feeder crafts are super simple and provide ongoing entertainment for the kids! We all enjoy watching the birds and squirrels in the backyard once we put the feeders out. I think the kids will have great memories of this and hopefully want to do this craft in the future with their own children.

We love creating these cardboard tube bird feeders with recycled materials. All you need is peanut butter and birdseed. The kids spread the peanut butter onto the cardboard tube with a plastic knife. Then they roll it in a shallow plate of bird seed. I use a paper plate and clean up is a breeze.

Visit a local park or splash pad.

Park Activities

Check your local park and recreation website to find out where all the parks are located in your area. I was very surprised by the number of parks I was able to find that we hadn’t visited. We even found one with a fun splash pad. Some shopping areas may also have public splash pads.

This is such a simple way to have fun with the kids too. They will enjoy being outside and playing with other kids. You could pack a lunch and meet up with friends. I also love the idea of getting to the park early before it gets too hot. I learned this tip from a friend last summer. She had picked up Starbucks on the way and enjoyed the morning at the park with her kiddos.

Set up a lemonade stand.

Lemonade Stand

My kids have already started asking if we can do another lemonade stand this summer. They absolutely love it! It really isn’t about making money for them. We actually set ours up with all the proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

I have seen some really cool lemonade stands on Pinterest. We kept ours super simple though. I brought out their craft table to the driveway and we made a sign on a piece of posterboard. Then we used jugs of lemonade from Aldi. I think we may do it again this year and have free lemonade. It was just a lot of fun to get out and chat with our neighbors.

Get Out and Enjoy This Summer!

I hope you will get out and enjoy some of these activities with your kids this summer. We are definitely looking forward to spending some time together over the break. I am always excited to get out of the school routine for a little while.

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