Can you believe that summer is right around the corner?
Summer - full of family bar-b-ques, swim parties, fireworks, lightening bugs,
family vacations, lazy mornings...and at some point, that spoken sentence that
almost all parents hear and fear, "Mom, I'm bored!"
In response to this age old complaint, we've compiled a list of 101 ideas to
keep your children's minds and bodies busy during the heat of summer. Kids can
choose any activities they are interested in and complete them in any order
they'd like. Many are suitable for kids to complete on their own, some require
parental permission and others can be achieved with the entire family thus
promoting family togetherness. Some of the 101 ideas made the list last year,
but many are new. So, print out the list, (complete with check-off boxes), and
hand it to your children when they state they have nothing to do.
And if you're homeschooling through the summer, consider using
Whether you use it 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.
To Do This Summer
1. Have an old fashioned weenie roast - and make your own mustard.
There are over 100 recipes for mustard in the following link.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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 of 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.
http://www.homeschool.com/supportgroups/ Piano, violin,
guitar, voice and more! And yes--your voice is a beautiful instrument!
6. Slide down a hill on a piece of cardboard--but first, check out this
7. 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. These are FUN musicals--you will
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. Go to the beach or the lake and build a sandcastle.
family and friends involved.
10. Lie outside at night and watch the sky for shooting stars.
out why shooting stars aren't really stars at all.
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. Make your own play dough.
There are lots of fun variations at the
following link. http://www.simplymoms.com/art/playdoh.html
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
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 really 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.
Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene and watch the
video starring Kristi McNichol and Bruce Davidson.
17. Check out your local paper to discover any neighborhood, free-admission activities. Lots will be going on in your community and
you don't want to miss a thing.
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? http://www.badminton.org/badminton-rules.html
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.
22. Have a piñata party. First, make your own piñata.
23. Take a fencing class! Did you know that fencing is a source of
college scholarships? Many fencing teachers are reaching out to
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. Designate theme days--Blue Day, Backward Day, Funny Hair Day, etc.
The options are endless.
27. Have a Silly String fight, a water balloon fight or a pillow fight.
Have some raucous fun! Get permission first.
28. 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.
29. 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
or make him something he'll enjoy. Possible craft ideas can be found at the
30. Roast marshmallows and make S'mores. If you can't roast the
marshmallows over a fire, a broiler will do!
31. With your parent's permission,
get a job or an internship.
32. Learn to sew, embroider or crochet. Maybe your grandmother can
33. Every day, look up and learn 2 new words from the dictionary.
34. Lounge on a hammock. Better yet, make one first!
Have a neighborhood outdoor game day. Revisit 4-square, Red Rover
Red Rover, Duck Duck Goose, Mother May I and Hide and Go Seek.
Attend a first aid class. You never know when this knowledge will
come in handy.
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.
Choose a day--or two--and perform random acts of kindness. See how
others respond. It's very rewarding.
Talk to your parents about what you'd like to learn next year in
your homeschool program. Chances are your parents are looking at curriculum
now--so now is the time to speak up!
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.
Make a work of art in your driveway using multi-color chalk. Get
permission first though. Did you know you can draw with wet chalk? http://www.wikihow.com/Create-Wet-Chalk-Drawings Or, did you know that
professional artists have done some amazing chalk art?
Learn about cotton candy. There's not nearly as much sugar in
cotton candy as you might think. http://www.cottoncandy.net/
On a really hot day, go to the dollar movies and enjoy the air
Learn how to French braid.
BE a mentor!
Check out the website www.sporcle.com. See how quickly you can fill in the 50 states.
Learn jump rope tricks. Find jump roping videos on the internet
to give you inspiration. It's AMAZING what people can do with a jump rope!
Do some crazy fun science experiments (explosions, etc), with your
parent's permission of course.
Learn how to make pickles. Did you know they come from cucumbers?
Blow bubbles with bubble gum--gigantic, wonderful, BIG pink
bubbles. Have blowing contests with your siblings. You can even learn how to
blow one bubble within another!
Swing on a tire swing or a rope swing. Don't have one? That's an
Decorate your bike... spruce it up... and ride with friends.
Learn how to do the
Run through the sprinklers--this never gets old! Or participate in
the fun celebration of Slip-n-Slide!
Make "custom" Kool-Aid by mixing flavors.
Jump on a trampoline. It can be a backyard trampoline or a
trampoline fun center. Trampoline fun centers seem to be a new craze and are
popping up all over the country.
Find a museum that interests you. Many museums have homeschool
programs and summer camps. Some of these are FUN! See if a museum in your
area is reaching out to homeschoolers. A good place to start is our
Local Homeschooling pages.
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.
Give your grandparents a big hug for no reason!
Take an etiquette class. Learn when to use specific forks and how
to be polite at all times.
Learn the physics of skateboarding.
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.
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.
Go to the drive-in movies with your family. Drive-ins are
disappearing. Enjoy them while you can.
Learn how to do a
Celebrate the first day of Summer (June 21) by listening to songs
with the word summer in them.
What songs can you come up with?
Go to a garage sale... or two... or three. They're great fun.
Exercise in the pool. It's so much easier than on dry land--and
more enjoyable too.
Clean your room for absolutely no reason, other than to surprise
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
Do yard work for an elderly neighbor. Cut the grass. Plant some
flowers. Make a difference.
Try a food you've never tasted before. Go on... take a bite!
Check out the website www.freerice.com. Learn and help people at the same time.
With your parent's permission,
have a yard sale and donate the proceeds to
Learn to whistle.
Understand the science behind fireworks.
Learn to hula hoop and learn some fun tricks!
Make a bird feeder
out of a used milk container. Learn what kinds of seeds will attract the
birds you want (make sure there are lots of dark sunflower seeds in the
81. Eat breakfast for dinner.
82. Start a collection. What do you like? Rocks, stamps, figurines?
83. Go a day without phone calls, texts, TV, radio or computers.
84. Make banana splits.
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86. Devise a fire plan for your home.
87. Become a tourist in your own town. What do tourists see when
visiting your area? Have you seen these same attractions?
88. Make up with someone. Go ahead, end the feud!
89. Make a bucket list of things you want to do before you are 12,
16, and 18. Share this with your parents. See how you can start crossing
things off your list.
90. Learn all about wolves.
91. Understand the physics behind roller coasters. They aren't as
dangerous as they seem!
92. Eat healthy! http://helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm
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 actually make a lot of noise?
94. 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.
95. Play hop scotch with your young siblings.
96. Learn how to bowl. http://www.wikihow.com/Bowl. Many bowling establishments have homeschool
hours, homeschool days, youth leagues, etc. Many are advertising in our
Local Homeschooling section.
97. Make pink lemonade bars.
98. Do something... anything you choose... to
make you a better you.
99. Learn to
Make and fly a kite. There are 19 kite possibilities at:
101. Last but not least...
get ready for school to resume. Summer is GREAT
but so is the fall!
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