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. Some of the
101 ideas made the list last year, but others are new. Many are suitable for
kids to complete on their own, some require parental permission and others
can be achieved as an entire 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. If they (or you)
prefer a little more structure, please note the
forms that go along with our 101 Things To Do list. These forms were
submitted by a Homeschool.com reader last year--and we think they're great.
And if you're homeschooling through the summer, consider using
Whether you use Time4Learning for summer skill-building, to prevent backsliding or to
get ahead for next year, their online education program offers your kids a
productive outlet to stimulate their creativity and promote mental exercise
into the summer months.
101 Things To Do This Summer
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!2. Buy several pairs of inexpensive sunglasses
(think Dollar Store) and decorate them.
Carve a watermelon!
Parental assistance may be necessary. There are certainly some cute ideas
here--your watermelon will be the topic of conversation at any picnic!
4. 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!
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
6. Have a Silly String fight, a water balloon fight or a pillow fight.
Have some raucous fun! Get permission first.
7. Lie outside at night and watch the sky for shooting stars. Find
out why shooting stars aren't really stars at all.
8. Read The Little Prince. This is a phenomenal piece of literature
with multiple layers, and it's a short read. Discover why it has been
translated into more than 180 languages and why it has sold more than 80
million copies making it one of the best-selling books ever.
9. Decorate your bike... spruce it up... and ride with friends.
10. Learn about musicals. Watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side
Story and Fiddler on the Roof. Note how modern music has incorporated
musical lyrics from these productions. Discuss how these musicals would be
different if made today.
11. With your parent's permission, redecorate and rearrange your bedroom.
You can purchase Oops paint for as little as a dollar a gallon at your local
12. In conjunction with #11, make summer themed bandana pillows.
13. Spend one afternoon
of quality time
with each individual in your family. Have a tea party
with your little sister, play cards with you brother, and hang out with your
Dad. Enjoy spending time with those that love you.
14. Go camping--even if it's in your backyard!
If you happen to have
a trampoline--trampolines make great sleeping surfaces.
15. Turn into an expert.
Pick a topic you're interested in and
research it online. Better yet, pick one subject per week. You'll be
impressed with all you've learned by the end of the summer.
16. Make homemade
17. Learn a new talent.
What do you really wish you could do? Talk to
your parents about it--they can help you achieve your goals.
18. Get up at dawn
and appreciate the coolness and peaceful feeling
of the early morning. Compare it to the sweltering afternoon.
19. With your family, float down a slow river on an inner tube. Or
maybe, a not so slow river--tubing is a blast!
20. Play badminton. It's a fun game. Compare it to ping pong and
tennis. Just because you're good at one doesn't mean you're good at the
others. Why is that?
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/
22. Have a pinata party. But first, make your own pinata,
Or for a wet twist, make a
23. Interview your grandparents.
They're interesting people! Find out
what games they played 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.
24. Attend your sibling's game and REALLY root for him/her.
25. Bake a cake
and then decorate it. There are a number of cake
decorating shows on television--watch a few and then see what you can do.
Have fun with it.
26. Learn about compound interest and start a savings acct. Check out
What Happens When You Double a
Penny Everyday for 30 Days.
27. Do something especially nice for Father's Day (June 17th). Show
your Dad how much he means to you. Write him a letter expressing your love.
It's a gift he'll keep forever.
Improve your vocabulary. Take the
Word Dynamo Challenge.
Then, every day, look up and learn 2 new words from the
dictionary. At the end of the summer, take the Challenge again--and see how
29. .Learn how to do the
It's the most difficult stroke--you'll certainly get a work out!
30. Roast marshmallows and make S'mores. If you can't roast
the marshmallows over a fire, a broiler will do!
31. Decorate your flip flops.
32. Watch live animal cams from your local zoo--or from any zoo! Here
are some cam links from the
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.
34. Lounge on a hammock.
Better yet, make one first!
35. Have a neighborhood outdoor game day.
Revisit 4-square; Red
Rover, Red Rover; Duck, Duck, Goose; and Mother May I.
36. Start a blog. For free templates, tutorials, and more, check out
37. Tour a college campus. There are pros and cons to touring during
the summer months and you can read some of these at the following link,
38. Choose a day--or two--and perform random acts of kindness. See
how others respond. It's very rewarding. Browse Kindness Ideas, and share
your story as well.
39. Talk to your parents about what you'd like to learn next year in your
Chances are your parents are looking at curriculum
now--so now is the time to speak up!
40. Make FUN snacks with your siblings.
41. On a really hot day, go to the dollar movies and enjoy the air
42. Learn about cotton candy. There's not nearly as much sugar in
cotton candy as you might think.
43. Make a work of art in your driveway using multi-color chalk. Get
permission first. Did you know you can draw with wet chalk?
did you know that professional artists have done some amazing chalk art?
Learn how to take a good photograph. There's more to it than
pointing and clicking.
45. Have an old fashioned weenie roast- and make your own mustard.
There are over 100 recipes for mustard on the following link.
46. Make a
47. Learn 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! http://www.buzzle.com/articles/jump-rope-tricks.html
Do some crazy fun science experiments (explosions,
etc.), with your parent's permission of course.
49. Learn how to skip rocks.
50. Blow bubbles with bubble gum--gigantic, wonderful, pink
bubbles. Have blowing contests with your siblings. You can even learn how to
blow one bubble within another!
51. Swing on a tire swing or a rope swing.
Don't have one?
That's an easy fix!
for all of your friends--and your siblings too!
53. Jump on a trampoline. It can be a backyard trampoline or
you can jump at a trampoline fun center. Trampoline fun centers seem to be a
new craze and are popping up all over the country. Some can even be found on
54. Run through the sprinklerss--this never gets old! Or participate in the fun celebration
55. Make "custom" Kool-Aid by mixing flavors.
56. Make your own--or family
Then fill with summer necessities--lip balm, bottled water, sun screen, a
small first aid kit, etc. Parental assistance may be necessary.
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.
58. Slide down a hill on a piece of cardboard--but first, check
out this link!
you can go
With both, let your parents know what you're doing.
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.
60. Give your grandparents a big hug for no reason!
61. Make and fly a kite. There are 19 kite possibilities at
62. Learn the physics of skateboarding.
63. Go somewhere fun with the family. A family reunion
64. 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/
65. Learn all about physical fitness
information, just scroll down the page.
65. Have a
competition with your friends. Read this link and you just might win!
67. Engage in an old
69. Surprise your Mom (and Dad)--clean
your room without being told to do so!
70. Learn the history
of where you live.
The library will be a good place to start.
71. Play hide and go seek--in the DARK! Turn off all the
lights in the house... and play for hours. Warning--this can get a bit
raucous. Parental permission required.
72. Try a food you've never tasted before.
Go on... take a
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.
74. BE a mentor.
75. Learn how to do a
76. Lounge on a hammock.
Better yet, make one first!
77. Turn up the music and DANCE!
78. Understand the science behind fireworks.
79. Learn to hula hoop and master some fun tricks!
80. Visit an educational and fun farm. Several educational
farms are reaching out to homeschoolers at
Can't make it to a farm? Visit a
81. Recycle bottles and donate the money to a local charity
82. Make up bubble solution--because we don't know anyone who
doesn't enjoy bubbles!
Learn the best conditions for optimal bubble
83. Prevent brain drain with
Time4Learning's online education
should be fun. With Time4Learning,it can be!
84. If you're a girl, bring back the Topsy-Tail!
have to ask your Mom what one is!
quite a variety!
Learn how to
with two fingers
87. Understand the
physics behind roller coasters.
They aren't as dangerous as they seem!
88. Make up with someone.
Go ahead, end the feud!
89. Learn the
science behind rainbows.
My German Soldier, by Bette Greene and watch the video starring
Kristi McNichol and Bruce Davidson.
91. Learn about
92. If you're old enough and your parents approve, get a job. Real life experience is extremely educational!
93. Find out how hot air balloons work. Depending on where you
live, you might be able to go on one or at least watch them take off. Did
you know they make a bit of noise?
94. Learn to play Chess. There are a number of free sites on
the Internet that will help you learn.
95. Go to the beach or the lake and build a sandcastle. Get
your family and friends involved.
96. Plant a Fall
vegetable garden--think pumpkins!
97. Make pink lemonade bars.
98. Do something... anything you choose... to make you a
99. 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.
100. Read the book
The Light in the Forest by Conrad
Richter. If you can, watch the 1958 feature film adaptation produced by Walt
Disney Productions and then compare the two.
101. Last but not least... get ready for school to resume.
Summer is GREAT but so is the fall!
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