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 May 11, 2016
 
 

Great Summer Resource:
101 Things To Do This Summer

   


 

Can you believe that summer is right around the corner? Summer - full of hot dog roasts, swim parties, fireworks, lightening bugs, family vacations, lazy mornings...and at some point, that spoken statement that almost all parents dread, "I'm bored"!
 
In response to this age old conundrum (really, how can they be bored when there is so much fun to be had?), we've compiled a list of 101 ideas to keep your children's minds and bodies busy during the summer months. Many are suitable for kids to complete on their own, some require parental permission and others can be completed as a family.
 
Kids can choose any activities they are interested in and complete them in any order they'd like. The list includes check- off boxes, but if you (or your kids) prefer a little more structure, please note the
Summer Boredom-inator and the
Boredom-inator Weekly forms that go along with our 101 Things To Do list. These forms were submitted by one of our loyal readers – and we think they're a GREAT addition!
 
And might we suggest using
Time4Learning this summer? Whether you use their program for summer skill-building, to prevent backsliding or to get ahead for next year, the Time4Learning online education program offers your kids a productive outlet to stimulate their creativity and promote mental exercise into the summer months.
 

bullet 1. Make YOUR OWN list—what do you want to do this summer? Go camping? Swim weekly? Learn to ride a horse? Now share your list with your parents. Our list is great – but your list might be even better!
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05 (p 8)
 
bullet 2.  Choose a day - or two - and perform random acts of kindness. See how others respond. Browse Kindness Ideas, and share your stories as well.
http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
 
bullet 3.  Be creative this summer!   Discover your talent with drawing lessons from ArtAchieve.  They have some great free lessons, as well as lessons to purchase.  One of our favorite free lessons is the Czech Cat!
 
bullet 4. Similarly - be crafty! Harrisville Designs offers lots of premium quality, Made in America, children's fiber crafts.  Many fun kits (like potholder making) are available as well as some traditional knitting, weaving and felting crafts.
 
bullet 5. Learn to play an instrument. Many music teachers are reaching out to homeschoolers on our Local Homeschooling pages. Piano, violin, guitar, voice and more! And yes—your voice is a beautiful instrument! 
http://www.homeschool.com/supportgroups/
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05/ (p 66)
 
bullet 6.  Lie outside at night and watch the sky for shooting stars. Find out why shooting stars aren't really stars at all. 
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question12.html
 
bullet 7. While you're out there, check out the moon! Learn about a full moon, as well as the different phases of the moon. Fyi – the full moons this summer are on the evenings of May 21, June 20, July 19 and August 18th.
http://earthsky.org/moon-phases/full-moon
 
bullet 8. Decorate your flip flops.
http://adornabelle.com/how-to-decorate-your-own-flip-flops/
 
bullet 9. Learn watermelon science! 
http://diyhomeschooler.com/summer-fun-activity-watermelon-science/
 
bullet 10.  If you have younger brothers and sisters, you can help them learn to read this summer! The Homer program offers reading games, fun science & history field trips, and lots of stories for you to listen to.  Try a FREE month on their website or in the Apple App Store!
 
bullet 11. Guess what?  You can download even MORE great learning to read apps from Bob Books! Bob Books Reading Magic Sight Words is an Academics' Choice award winner and a great way to help kids learn to read at home or while traveling. Magic Reading Apps 1 & 2  are also available and you can try the lite version free of charge.  Plus, Bob Books offers lots of fun downloads (coloring pages, games and more!) that your entire family will enjoy.joy.joy.joy.
 
bullet 12. Make your own sidewalk chalk! Then make a work of art in your driveway!
 
bullet 13. Learn about cotton candy. There's not nearly as much sugar in cotton candy as you might think.
http://www.cottoncandy.net/  
 
bullet 14.  Make a summer activity memory jar. Or, maybe make a vacation chain.
http://diyhomeschooler.com/summer-fun-activity-summer-memory-jar/ 
http://www.homeschool.com/Top10/top10traveltips.asp  (Item #3)
 
bullet 15. Keep a summer journal. Not only does it keep writing skills sharp through the lazy, hazy days, but it gives you a place to log your vacation adventures or have fun with writing prompts.
 
bullet 16. Become a scientist this summer!  Educational Innovations can help!  Educational Innovations offers hands-on fun science resources you won't find at an ordinary science supply company.  They offer GREAT summer science camp ideas for K-College, and their Home Science Lab for ages 6-11 delivers a boxful of fun (and engaging) science experiments to your house every month
 
bullet 17. Try a food you've never tasted before. Go on...take a bite!
 
bullet 18. What's so special about the number 9?  You can find out here. (p25)
 
bullet 19. Have a Cannon Ball competition with your friends. Read the following link and you just might win!
http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/physics/physics-of-cannonball-splash 
 
bullet 20.  Blow bubbles with bubble gum – have blowing contests with your siblings. You can even learn how to blow double bubble!
http://www.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_blow_a_double_bubble
 
bullet 21. Learn about bats - why they are important and why they are beneficial. Did you know that a bat can eat as many as 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour? Try building a bat house.
http://www.bats4kids.org/
http://www.batcon.org/
 
bullet 22. Read a book a week! Or more! Choose topics that really interest you. If you're in grades 1-9, you can launch into summer reading fun with Series Launchers – there are 29 novel series to choose from. If you like a story, you can read on....and on...and on!
 
bullet 23. Interview your grandparents. They're interesting people! Find out what toys they played with when they were young, what their parents were like (your great-grandparents), what kind of clothes they wore, etc. If you can, record the interview. You'll be glad you did. 
http://genealogy.about.com/cs/oralhistory/a/interview.htm 
 
bullet 24. Have a piñata party. But first, make your own piñata. Or for a wet twist, make a water piñata!
 
bullet 25. Master a cartwheel and learn the physics of tumbling.
 
bullet 26. Make a kaleidoscope!
http://www.pbs.org/parents/fun-and-games/activities-and-crafts/kaleidoscopes-for-kids/ 
 
bullet 27. Do something especially nice for Father's Day (June 19th). Show your Dad how much he means to you. Write him a letter expressing your love. It's a gift he'll keep forever.
 
bullet 28. Learn a language.  How about Spanish? All Bilingual Press offers Spanish courses for kids K-12. The courses include audio programs, poetry, cultural vignettes and much more. Aprender español puede ser divertido!
 
bullet 29. Discover what it takes to swim like a champion! 
http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/physics/how-to-swim-like-a-champion-according-to-science-10152645
 
bullet 30. Have a S'mores party! If you can't roast the marshmallows over a fire, make BroilerS'Mores. OR, better yet, make Solar S'Mores! Be sure to get parental permission.
 
bullet 31. Make a nail polish masterpiece (it's really cool and very unique)!  The website carlasonheim.com offers interesting and thorough video tutorials for this and much more! The site also offers online and self-study art classes free tutorials, and  instructional books.
 
bullet 32. Discover the 11 Rule of Multiplication and practice it until you can do it in your head.
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue07 (p 82)
 
bullet 33. Spoil your pet for a day. Give your dog a bath, play ball with him, and take him for a walk. Likewise, cuddle your cat, pet your hamster, talk to your bird, etc. Spoil your pet several times over the summer. Turn it into a habit!
 
bullet 34. Put on a show! Get together with your siblings and friends to perform skits for the neighborhood. There are dozens of royalty-free collections of skits available at Pioneer Drama Service. You can check out all of their plays and musicals here.
 
bullet 35. Go Geocaching with your family!
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue02/ (page 6) 
 
bullet 36. Build a fort. This can be in your living room – made out of blankets, or in a tree with wood and braces. If actual construction is involved, you will need an adult's supervision – and depending on where you live, you might even need a building permit or approval from a Homeowner's Association. But think how much fun it will be!
 
bullet 37. Buy several pairs of inexpensive sunglasses (think the Dollar Store) and decorate them.
http://www.bhg.com/crafts/kids/outdoor-projects/kids-summer-sunglasses/
 
bullet 38. Become an entrepreneur this summer!  You can talk to your parents and brainstorm ideas. The Institute for Excellence in Writing has some great entrepreneurial resources, including the books Lemonade to Leadership and Micro Business for Teens.
 
bullet 39. Visit a lighthouse!  You don't have to live on the ocean! Where else might you find a lighthouse? There are 680 lighthouses in the United States! 
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05/ (page 28)
 
bullet 40. Learn about bees and why they are so important to our environment. Also, learn how you can protect them.
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-bees-are-important-to-our-planet/
http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/stories/5-ways-to-help-children-help-bees 
 
bullet 41. Attend a week-long summer camp! How about Camp Invention? Time is spent constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and disassembling electronics using real tools. It's perfect for 1st-6th Graders, and they have locations nationwide. Your parents can sign you up at www.campinvention.org (early registration discounts are available) or they can call 800.968.4332. Camp Invention reinvents summer fun!
 
bullet 42. Learn to skip stones. There's a science behind it.
http://www.wikihow.com/Skip-Rocks 
http://discovermagazine.com/2003/aug/featscienceof
 
bullet 43. Write a children's book – maybe one you can share with your siblings and friends. The Easy Writing products from EasyGrammar.com can help.  They even offer blank books.
 
bullet 44. If you're being homeschooled through the summer, give it your all! 
 
bullet 45. Have an old fashioned weenie roast - and make your own mustard. There are over 100 recipes for mustard on the following link. 
http://www.melborponsti.com/inxmtd.html 
 
bullet 46.  It's summer - learn about the sun!
http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/do_science_now/diy_sun_science (this is a free app)
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05/ (page 50)
 
bullet 47. Learn robotics - it's a great S.T.E.A.M activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Robots-4-U offers fun and interesting homeschool classes (Robotics, Dynamic Art, Drones, KIDS Battle Robots and more!) and they offer summer camps too.  Really - it's where learning and fun come together!
 
bullet 48. Find out how youto take a good photograph. There's more to it than pointing and clicking.
http://clickitupanotch.com/2012/07/photography-for-kids
 
bullet 49. Make (and eat) some butterflies! Yes, you read that correctly!
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/311663236684008059/
https://www.pinterest.com/MyButterflyLady/edible-butterflies-and-caterpillars/
 

 
bullet 50. Make friendship bracelets for all of your friends - and your siblings too! 
 
bullet 51. Swing on a tire swing or a rope swing. Don't have one? That's an easy fix!
http://www.ehow.com/how_2085185_tire-swing.html 
http://www.ehow.com/how_2105748_make-rope-swing.html 
 
bullet 52. Attend your sibling's game and REALLY root for him/her.
 
bullet 53. The number 1089 is the centerpiece of a curious mathematical trick. Google it and impress others with your knowledge!
 
bullet 54. Go someplace fun with your family.
 
bullet 55. Check out Science4Us!
 
bullet 56. With your family, float down a river on an inner tube. Tubing is a blast!
 
bullet 57. Check out your local paper to discover any free-admission activities. Lots will be going on in your community and you don't want to miss a thing.
 
bullet 58. Slide down a hill on a piece of cardboard. OR, you can go ice blocking. With both, get parental permission first – and wear safety gear – you can end up going pretty fast.
 
bullet 59. Make a new friend. Reach out to someone who has just moved into your neighborhood or to someone that maybe doesn't have a lot of friends. They might end up being your best buddy.
 
bullet 60. Make this, "The summer I become a writer!" The Writing Course gives you the 12 Secrets successful writers know and use, but they're explained in a youth-friendly, fun way. You'll even get a special bonus course on the easy way to start your own novel! 
 
bullet 61. Make and fly a kite. There are 19 kite possibilities at
http://www.howtomakeandflykites.com. Learn about lift, drag, and gravity at this link -http://www.gombergkites.com/nkm/why.html
 
bullet 62. Learn the physics of skateboarding.
http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/physics-of-skateboarding.html 
 
bullet 63. Learn a life-long skill. How about animation? Huehd.com can help. They offer the HUE Animation Studio that includes everything a budding animator needs to create stop motion animation videos. Whether you are making a LEGO® brick film; animating your own characters with claymation or capturing a flower as it blooms using time-lapse photography, you can bring anything to life in minutes!
 
bullet 64. Now, think about what you want to be when you grow up and find out what type of education is required. Go online and determine the demand for the field and the starting salary. Some adults do what they love regardless of the compensation, others go into a field because of the pay. 
http://www.careeronestop.org
http://www.learnhowtobecome.org
 
bullet 65. Play educational and fun variations of hopscotch.
http://guiltfreehomeschooling.org/?p=944
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue07/ (page 44)
 
bullet 66. Bake cookies on the dashboard of your car (with your parent's permission, of course)! Learn the science behind this activity. 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dashboard-baking/
 
bullet 67. Engage in an old fashioned sack or wheel barrow race.
 
bullet 68. Download some new, free educational apps and learn something entirely new this summer!
 
bullet 69. Make a Tic -Tac -Towel. Great fun for the pool or beach!
http://www.marthastewart.com/273719/tic-tac-towel 
 
bullet 70. Decorate your bike... spruce it up... and ride with friends http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/howtodecoratebikebicyclescraftskids.html
 
bullet 71. Learn and tell summer jokes.
http://www.bestfamilyadvice.com/summer-jokes-for-kids.html
 
bullet 72.  Learn about rainbows. Now, make your own rainbow - all you need is a garden hose!
http://askabiologist.asu.edu/recipe-rainbows 
 
bullet 73. Find a mentor. Want to learn a specific skill or knowledge? See if someone in the community can be your mentor. This can be a family member, family friend, or someone you don't even know yet.
 
bullet 74. BE a mentor.
 
bullet 75. Master a few jump rope tricks. Find jump rope videos on the Internet to give you inspiration. It's AMAZING what people can do with a jump rope!
 
bullet 76. Go the day without electronics. Go on, you can do it!
www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05/ (p 54)
 
bullet 77. Understand the physics behind roller coasters. They aren't as dangerous as they seem!
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics 
 
bullet 78. Barter your services. Want to ride a horse? Offer to clean out stalls in return for riding time. Want to take guitar lessons? Offer to mow the instructor's lawn in return for lessons. Get your parent's permission and then make sure you follow through on your end.
 
bullet 79. Prevent brain drain with Time4Learning's online curriculum. Summer learning should be fun. With Time4Learning, it can be.
 
bullet 80. Visit an educational and fun farm. Can't make it to a farm? Visit a virtual farm .
 
bullet 81. Recycle something old into something new.
http://www.homeschool.com/blog/index.php/2013/08/back-to-homeschool-my-most-favorite-crafts-project-ever/ . For a project like this, you'll need parental help. What projects can you think of? Think big and ask for parental assistance, if necessary.
 
bullet 82. Make up bubble solution - because we don't know anyone that doesn't enjoy bubbles! Learn the best conditions for optimal bubble making
http://www.bubblemania.com/faq/solution.html 
 
bullet 83. Designate theme days - Blue Day, Backward Day, Funny Hair Day, etc. The options are endless.
 
bullet 84. Understand the science behind fireworks.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/innovation/everyday-innovations/fireworks.htm
 
bullet 85. Find out how hot air balloons work. Depending on where you live, you might be able to go on one or at least watch one take off. Did you know they make quite a bit of noise? 
http://www.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/hot-air-balloon.htm 
 
bullet 86. Learn how to whistle with two fingers. 
 
bullet 87. Make and fly paper airplanes - and learn the science behind why they fly.
 
bullet 88. Make up with someone. Go ahead, end the feud!
 
bullet 89. Decide to learn something new each day this summer!  CK12.org offers lots of free lessons, videos, Physics Simulations,  PLIX interactives, and real world applications covering over 5,000 concepts in math and science.
 
bullet 90. Google and find recipes that use pink lemonade as an ingredient! Here are just a few -
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pink-lemonade-pie/e/
http://www.bettycrocker.com/search/searchresults?term=pink lemonade&termDataSource=d6fb75f5-d19a-49cd-9ba0-c10a6e45afb2
 
bullet 91. Discover why a Lightening Bug (or Firefly) is neither a bug...or a fly!
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/firefly/
 
bullet 92. Spend one afternoon of quality time with each individual in your family. Go exploring with your sister, play a game with you brother, and hang out with your Dad. Enjoy spending time with those that love you.
 
bullet 93. Build academic success all year long with VocabularySpellingCity. It's a fun site!
 
bullet 94. Learn to play Chess. There are a number of free sites on the Internet that will help you learn.
 
bullet 95. Go to the beach or the lake and build a sandcastle. Get your family and friends involved. 
http://www.ehow.com/how_7470_build-sand-castle.html 
 
bullet 96. Plant a garden - think sunflower playhouses and/or fall pumpkins!
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05 (p 56)
 
bullet 97. For your garden, build bird feeders and baths, as well as butterfly and ladybug feeders
Ask your parents what they'd like to attract to their garden, and you can do it!
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05 (p 60)
 
bullet 100. Make homemade ice cream and celebrate the fact that you're one summer older! http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05 (p 38)
 
bullet 101. Last but not least... get ready for homeschool to resume. Summer is GREAT but so is the fall!
 
 
This list of 101 Things To Do This Summer has been brought to you by
Time4Learning. Whether you use it as an interactive skill sharpening tool, an alternative to summer school, or to try out new materials for next year, Time4Learning makes learning fun! And now that it can be used on most mobile devices, it's easier than ever to use Time4Learning from anywhere!
 

 

 

 

 


   
 

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