Summer Activities For Kids

summer reading Happy first day of summer! I had a completely different post planned but when I went to schedule it I realized today is the first day of summer and we must celebrate. Below are my favorite active games, messy art, sensory play and other summer shenanigans for kids.  I hope a few grab your attention and get added to your family’s summer bucket list.

Outside In The Sun

Build and Play Obstacle Course
Water Table Painting
Flag Hunt
Squeeze Bottle Side Walk Chalk
Hiking With Kids
Backyard Target Practice
Arctic Ice Sensory Tub
Fly Swatter Painting
Boot Camp Bombers
Melt In The Sun Crayons
Water Balloon Math
Smartphone Photo Safari Color Hunt
Angry Birds Water Balloon Game
Beach Themed Sensory Tub
Backyard Photo Scavenger Hunt

Inside On A Rainy Day

DIY Action Figure Parachute
Bubble Wand Painting
3D Word Search
Indoor Bug Hunt
Ice Cream Taste Testing
Tabletop Loose Parts
Salt Art Jar
Make Your Own Balance Beam
Pretend Play Vet’s Office
Bug Painting
Secret Code Math
Move & Groove Alphabet Game
Cork & Button Builders
Giant Sunflower Craft
Mad Scientist Lab

Don’t Forget About Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challenge – Join Us!
Summer Reading Bucket List
Books That Make Kids Laugh
Book Hunt
Books About The Beach
30 Books That Are Also Movies
Books About Monsters
50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read
Books About Princesses
Summer Reading A-List ; 50 Must Read Picture Books
Books About Dinosaurs
5 Books For Early Readers
Books That Rhyme
Books About Cars and Trucks
Books About Friendship

For even more ideas make sure you follow our Summer Fun For Kids Pinterest board.

Squeezie Sidewalk Chalk

by Kim
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Sidewalk chalk is fun. You can make sidewalk chalk paint and brush it on. You can even use balls in sidewalk chalk paint to create some real fun (and fun learning). But we like to put another twist on it, too. Squeezie bottle sidewalk chalk!

You will need some squeezie bottles (we got ours at the local dollar store), cornstarch, water, and food coloring. If you are worried about the food coloring staining, you can just make it without it and it will dry a very bright white. It still looks really cool.

Pour your cornstarch in a bowl or container.

Add water and stir until you get a nice thin viscosity. you want it to be able to squeeze through the hole in the bottle.

 

Pour your sidewalk chalk paint into the bottle and add food coloring. My 3 year old daughter picked pink and my 5 year old son picked blue, but only after I told him that I could not make the paint camo. Then we had a discussion about how camo is NOT a color. Good grief. ;)

 

Now squeeze away.

We made hearts.

We made dragons. That is a Ninjago dragon in case you are wondering.

We mixed our colors. This was done to aggravate big brother, but it turned out to be really fun once I stepped in to point out the cool effects they were making together.

We ran and squeezed. My 3 year noticed that when she ran and squeezed she only got dots in a line and not an actual line. Very cool observation. So we talked a little about it and demonstrated.

 

We left our mark all over the driveway. Daddy came home to a neat surprise.

Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.