Summer Activity Ideas

~ from Newsletter #1

Get out and have fun with the kids this summer!

  • Go for a Nature Walk & Press some Leaves/Flowers –

Instructions for Pressing Flowers

  • Make a birdfeeder and then keep a bird watching journal

  • Face Painting

Non-Toxic Face Paints We Love – Check out our picks for organic, non-toxic face paints!

  • Set up an Outdoor Reading Area (with some access to shade!)

    • I love hammocks for reading! You can either get one of these popular Eno’s and hang them between two trees or buy a stand for them.

Or, if you’d like, you can build a teepee. Just be very careful because using these outdoors can get very hot inside! I like the idea of this one in the video because it’s not completely closed in. You can also cut some “windows” in the other sides to create airflow, and use light material/fabric, as well.

  • Paint a Mural in your Backyard 

Children’s Earth Paint Kit 

An Indoor Option:

  • Scavenger Hunt

Although this video says it’s “Fall”, these are great ideas for summer, too!

Printable Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Also, visit our Scavenger Hunt Board on Pinterest for many more hunt ideas:

  • Stargaze

  • Make Your Own “Slip and Slide”

DIY Slip n Slide in 5 Easy Steps

  • Garden – Vegetables/Flowers (Butterfly Garden) and tend them.

  • Go for a Bike Ride.

  • Go to the Park, Have a Picnic, and Feed the Ducks

  • Set Up an Obstacle Course in Your Backyard

    – You can make these as simple or complex as you wish based on your kids’ abilities/needs. Have fun with it!

  • Kick the Can

  • Color the Driveway with Sidewalk Chalk

Wee Can Too Veggie Sidewalk Chalk-The Original 

  • Print Out Activity Schedule at Local Parks and Attend Them.  

    • Most parks have a “Programs & Events” tab (or something similar) on their website. In fact, so do a lot of “town” or “city” websites. Get involved and participate in your parks and community activities!
  • Make a Lemonade/Tea Stand 

    • This is something you can do really simply (or complicated if that’s your thing!). Our suggestion of course, is to make it as healthy as possible, of course, using filtered water, organic ingredients & honey or raw cane sugar and/or stevia. Consider adding some organic mint leaves as a variation to tea! If you do offer cookies, choose something healthy, as well.

Here’s a recipe to try:

  • Wash the Car – Have fun with it!

  • Summer Outdoor Games – Croquet, Bocce Ball, Cornhole

  • Make Tie-Dyed T-Shirts

    • Who says you have to use toxic food coloring for tie-dying clothes? This is a great activity to do with the kids outdoors once you’ve made the dyes. But, get them involved in the kitchen making the dyes, as well!

Bonus: Here’s how to make healthier dyes for food:

  • Fun Outdoor Games

  • Make Popsicles Together

  • Kickball, Frisbee, Whiffle Ball

Top Ten Neighborhood Games

  • Day Road Trip!

Summer Travel for Families: Day Trips with the Kids

  • Backyard Fun Ideas

  • Volunteer Together

Ideas for Volunteering with Your Kids