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New for 2016 "101 Things To Do This Summer"
 
(The list below is from 2014)
 
   
101 Things To Do This Summer
May 22, 2014
 
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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, you consider using
Time4Learning this summer? 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.
 
 

101 Things To Do This Summer

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!
 
bullet 2. 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 3. Carve a watermelon! Parental assistance may be necessary. There are certainly some cute ideas—and your watermelon will be the stand out at any picnic!
 
bullet 4. Now, with those watermelon insides, make Watermelon Ice. Google to find more watermelon recipes. They can sure be yummy—and they taste so much like summer!
 
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/
 
bullet 6. Have a Silly String fight, a water balloon fight or a pillow fight. Have some raucous fun! Make sure you get permission first.
 
bullet 7. 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 8. While you're out there, check out the moon! Learn about a full moon, as well as the different phases of the moon.
http://earthsky.org/moon-phases/full-moon
 
bullet 9. Decorate your bike... spruce it up... and ride with friends. http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/howtodecoratebikebicyclescraftskids.html
 
bullet 10. Make your own sidewalk chalk! Then make a work of art in your driveway!
 
bullet 11. Make (and eat) some butterflies! Yes, you read that correctly! Learn why a good breakfast benefits you the rest of the day.
http://www.snackpicks.com/en_US/recipes/details/waffle-butterflies.html
http://greenhalloween.org/blog/?p=3821
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/most-important-meal
 
bullet 12. Turn into an expert. Pick a topic you're interested in and take a summer workshop or class. Or, you can research the topics online.
 
bullet 13. 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 14. Go camping—even if it's in your backyard! If you happen to have a trampoline--trampolines make great sleeping surfaces.
 
bullet 15. Make summer themed bandana pillows for your bedroom. They don't have to be pink—they can be camouflaged!
http://www.makingfriends.com/gifts/bandana_tie_pillow.htm
 
bullet 16. Have a pinata party. But first, make your own pinata. Or for a wet twist, make a water pinata!
 
bullet 17. 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 is required.
 
bullet 18. Get up at dawn and appreciate the coolness and peaceful feeling of the early morning. Compare it to the sweltering afternoon. Write about the differences--maybe a short story or a poem--it's your choice! You can check out Time4Writing for some helpful hints.
 
bullet 19. With your family, float down a river on an inner tube. Tubing is a blast!
 
bullet 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? Google it and find out!
http://www.badminton.org/badminton-rules.html
 
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. This isn't academic reading—it's FUN reading! But the plus is—you won't lose reading skills during the summer.
 
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 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 25. Figure out new and fun uses for pool noodles.
http://quiverfullofblessings.com/2012/05/22/10-fun-uses-for-pool-noodles/
 
bullet 26. Learn about compound interest and start a savings account. Check out What Happens When You Double a Penny Everyday for 30 Days .
 
bullet 27. Do something especially nice for Father's Day (June 15th). 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. Improve your vocabulary--take the Word DynamoChallenge. 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 you've improved!
 
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. Make S'mores. 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. Decorate your flip flops.
http://spoonful.com/crafts/fluffy-flip-flops
 
bullet 32. Google the 11 Rule of Multiplication and practice it until you can do it in your head.
 
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. Lounge on a hammock. Better yet, make one first!
http://www.ehow.com/how_2180458_improvise-a-hammock.html
 
bullet 35. Have a neighborhood outdoor game day. Revisit 4-square; Red Rover, Red Rover; Duck, Duck, Goose; and Mother May I. Or better yet, learn some new games!
http://spoonful.com/family-fun/driveway-backyard-games-gallery
 
bullet 36. 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 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,
http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/62655-college-tours-summer.html
 
bullet 38. Master a cartwheel and learn the physics of tumbling.
 
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!
www.US-lighthouses.com
 
bullet 40. Make FUN snacks for your siblings.
http://www.snackpicks.com/en_US/for-kids/puppy-snack-slideshow.html
http://spoonful.com/recipes/after-school-snacks-gallery
 
bullet 41. Learn to skip stones. There's a science behind it.
http://www.wikihow.com/Skip-Rocks
http://discovermagazine.com/2003/aug/featscienceof
 
bullet 42. Make friendship bracelets for all of your friends--and your siblings too!
 
bullet 43. Learn about cotton candy. There's not nearly as much sugar in cotton candy as you might think.
http://www.cottoncandy.net/ 
 
bullet 44. Do some fun science experiments (with your parent's permission). Here are 101 Effective Earth Science Demonstrations Using Only One or Two Items!
http://www.colorado.edu/GeolSci/courses/DEMOS/seicontribution/101_lowtech_earth_science%20demos.pdf
 
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)
 
bullet 47. 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!
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/jump-rope-tricks.html
 
bullet 48. Learn how to take a good photograph. There's more to it than pointing and clicking.
http://www.betterphoto.com/photography-for-kids.asp
 
bullet 49. Check out these new, fun water games.
http://parentingteens.about.com/od/games/a/watergames.htm
 

 
bullet 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!
http://www.ehow.com/how_2105861_blow-bubble-gum-bubble.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_2222361_blow-one-bubble-gum-bubble.html
 
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 somewhere fun with the family. A family reunion perhaps? Or the beach?
 
bullet 55. When traveling, make a vacation chain--this was recommended by a Homeschool.com reader, and we think it's brilliant!
http://www.homeschool.com/Top10/top10traveltips.asp  (Item #3)
 
bullet 56. Learn the history of where you live. The library will be a good place to start.
 
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. 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 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. Run through the sprinklers--this never gets old! Or participate in the fun celebration of Slip-n-Slide!
 
bullet 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
http://www.learnhowtobecome.org
 
bullet 65. Learn all about physical fitness.
http://www.peertrainer.com/how_to/physical_fitness_resources_for_kids.aspx .
 
bullet 66. Bake cookies on the dashboard of your car (with your parent's permission, of course)! Learn the science behind this activity.
http://howtosmile.org/record/14660
http://www.scienceoffcenter.org/science/355-greenhouse-baked-cookies
 
bullet 67. Engage in an old fashioned sack or wheel barrow race.
 
bullet 68. Download some new, free educational apps.
http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/do_science_now/diy_sun_science
 
bullet 69. Make a Tic -Tac -Towel. Great fun for the pool or beach!
http://www.marthastewart.com/273719/tic-tac-towel
 
bullet 70. Along with a towel, make your own, or family beachbag/outing bag. Parental assistance may be necessary.
 
bullet 71. Learn and tell summer jokes.
http://www.bestfamilyadvice.com/summer-jokes-for-kids.html
 
bullet 72. Try a food you've never tasted before. Go on...take a bite!
 
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. Play educational and fun variations of hopscotch.
http://guiltfreehomeschooling.org/?p=944
 
bullet 76. Go the day without electronics. Go on, you can do it!
 
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 education program. Summer should be fun. With Time4Learning, it can be!
 
bullet 80. Visit an educational and fun farm. Several educational farms are reaching out to homeschoolers at http://www.homeschool.com/supportgroups/ . Can't make it to a farm? Visit a virtual farm .
 
bullet 81. Recycle bottles and donate the money to a local charity.
http://www1.networkforgood.org/for-donors/tips-and-tools/kids-guide .
 
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.Learn to hula hoop and master some fun tricks! Learn the science behind it as well!
http://www.ehow.com/how_2239194_do-simple-hula-hoop-tricks.html
http://people.howstuffworks.com/hula-hoop1.htm
 
bullet 84. Understand the science behind fireworks.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/innovation/everyday-innovations/fireworks.htm
 
bullet 85.Do something...anything you choose... to make you a better you.
 
bullet 86. Learn how to whistle with two fingers.
 
bullet 87. Make and fly paper airplanes--and learn why they fly.
 
bullet 88. Make up with someone. Go ahead, end the feud!
 
bullet 89. Learn about rainbows. Now, make your own rainbow--all you need is a garden hose!
http://askabiologist.asu.edu/recipe-rainbows
 
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/recipes/pink-lemonade-cupcakes/f2b726de-4fd1-4ace-a8b0-3a0cf769d02a
 
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. If you're old enough and your parents approve, get a job. Real life experience is extremely educational!
 
bullet 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 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 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!
 
bullet 97. For your garden, build bird feeders and baths, as well as butterfly and lady bug feeders! Ask your parents what they'd like to attract to their garden, and you can do it!
 
bullet 98. Learn how to draw! Yes, you can learn! Not all great artists are born. Here are 100 free art lessons — http://www.hodgepodge.me/2011/01/pastels-plus-links-to-tutorials/
 
bullet 99. Prevent brain drain with VocabularySpellingCity. It's a fun site!
 
bullet 100. Make homemade ice cream and celebrate the fact that you're one summer older!
 
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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