June 6, 2017




 

 

Great news!  We’ve just published our  101 Things To Do This Summer list
 (yes – the entire 101 list!). Our 101 Things list is chock-full of
educational ideas to keep your children’s minds and bodies busy this
summer – and it’s a really fun resource.

And guess what? This year’s list actually has 103
items – not 101! That’s because we asked our members and
Facebook
followers to suggest additions to the list. Then we chose the most
novel/most popular suggestions.

Many of the 103 Things are suitable for kids to
complete on their own, some require parental permission, and others can
be completed together as a family. Kids can choose any activities they
are interested in and complete them in any order they’d like. The list
includes checkboxes so your kids can check them off as they complete
them.

Something else that’s great? This year’s 101
Things To Do This Summer list is featured in Rebecca Kochenderfer’s
book,

The Summertime Survival Guide for Parents: How to Create a Summer
of Wonder, Discovery and Fun!

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Homeschool.com’s 101/103 Things To Do This Summer
list is sponsored by


Time4Learning
. 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.


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Now, onto the 103!

 

bullet 1. Make your own list—what do you want to do this summer?
Go camping? Swim weekly? Now share your list with your parents. This
list is great, but your list might be even better!

http://www.homeschool.com/Printables/PDFs/Summer_Goals_Handout.pdf
bullet 2. Its summer, so learn about the sun!http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/do_science_now/science_apps_and_activities/diy_sun_science
(This is a free app.)
bullet 3. With your parent’s permission, redecorate and rearrange
your bedroom! You can purchase a gallon of Oops paint for a few
dollars at your local paint/hardware store.
bullet 4. Now, make a bandana pillow (or two!) for your new room.
This is an easy, no-sew activity.

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pillow-Out-of-a-Bandana


https://acraftymix.com/blog/2016/02/02/make-a-bandana-heart/
bullet 5. Have a cannonball 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 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.htmll
bullet 7. While you’re out there, check out the moon! Learn about
the different phases of the moon. BTW – this summer you’ll be
able to see full moons on the following dates: June 9, July 9,
and August 7th.

http://earthsky.org/moon-phases/full-moon
bullet 8. Decorate your flip-flops. Be creative!

http://adornabelle.com/how-to-decorate-your-own-flip-flops
bullet 9. Carve a watermelon! There are great ideas in the link
below. Parental assistance may be necessary.

http://www.watermelon.org/Carvings
bullet 10. Use the fruit of the watermelon to make

Watermelon Ice
. Doesn’t
it taste like summer?
bullet 11. Now, how about a little watermelon science?

https://homehearts.com/2014/08/19/summer-fun-activity-watermelon-science/
bullet 12. You can make your own sidewalk chalk – then you can
make your driveway your canvas!!

http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/homemade-sidewalk-chalk/


http://onelittleproject.com/sidewalk-chalk-ideas
bullet 13. Run through the sprinklers or participate in the fun
celebration of Slip-n-Slide!
bullet 14. On a hot afternoon, watch a musical (or two!).

Seven Brides for Seven
Brothers
,

West Side Story

and

Fiddler on the Roof

might be of particular interest.
bullet 15. Get the 411 on cotton candy. There’s not nearly as much
sugar in cotton candy as you might think. (If you’re not familiar
with the 411 expression, google it.)

http://www.cottoncandy.net
bullet 16. Do something – anything you choose – to make you a
better you!
bullet 17. Blow bubbles with bubble gum. Have blowing contests
with your siblings and learn how to blow a double bubble!

http://candywarehouse.com/resources/how-to-blow-championship-bubblegum-bubbles/

http://www.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_blow_a_double_bubble

(can you find the typo on this page?)
bullet 18. What’s so special about the number nine? You can find
out here:

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/math/the-magic-of-number-9-part-1
bullet 19. Learn to hula hoop and discover the science behind it!

http://www.ehow.com/how_5824896_hula-hoop-beginners.html


http://people.howstuffworks.com/hula-hoop1.htm
bullet 20. Try a food you’ve never tasted before. Go on…take a
bite!
bullet 21. Learn about bats and build several bat houses.

http://www.batcon.org/why-bats/bats-are/bats-are-important
http://www.nwf.org/Garden-For-Wildlife/Cover/Build-a-Bat-House.aspx
bullet 22. Have a piñata party. First, make your own piñata.
For a wet twist, consider a water piñata.

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-make-a-pinata-1252616


http://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/activities/water-balloon-
pinata
bullet 23. Read one book—or more—a week! Choose topics that really
interest you.
bullet 24. Discover what it takes to swim like a champion.

http://popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/physics/how-to-swim-like-a-champion-according-to-science-10152645
bullet 25. Master a cartwheel and learn the physics of tumbling.

https://m.curiosity.com/videos/the-physics-of-a-cartwheel-physics-calculus-lessons-ehoweducation


http://www.unc.edu/~lkessler/



bullet 26. Make a kaleidoscope!


http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/diy-kaleidoscopes/

bullet 27. Spend one afternoon of quality time with each
individual in your family. Go exploring with your sister, play a
game with your brother and hang out with your dad.
bullet 28. Interview your grandparents—they’re interesting people!
Find out what toys they played with when they were young, what
their parents (your great-grandparents) were like, what clothes
they wore and more. Make sure you record the interview.
http://genealogy.about.com/cs/oralhistory/a/interview.htm
bullet 29. Do something especially nice for Father’s Day (Sunday,
June 18th). Show your Dad how much he means to you.
bullet 30. Have a S’mores party! If you can’t roast the
marshmallows over a ?re, make Broiler S’mores. Better yet, make
Solar S’mores! Be sure to get permission first.
http://marinmamacooks.com/2012/07/no-campfire-smores


https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/solar-oven
bullet 31. Make a nail polish masterpiece (it’s cool and unique)!


http://carlasonheim.com/marbling-with-nail-polish

bullet 32. Discover the 11 Rule of Multiplication and practice it
until you can do it in your head!
http://www.mathblaster.com/coolmath/articles/the-11-multiplication-rule
bullet 33. If you’re being homeschooled through the summer, give
it your all!
bullet 34. Go camping – even if it’s in your backyard! If you
happen to have a trampoline, trampolines make great sleeping
surfaces!
bullet 35. Go geocaching!
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2014/04/5-tricks-of-the-trade-for-geocaching-with-kids/
bullet 36. 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 37. Buy several pairs of inexpensive sunglasses and
decorate them. Make them as wild as you want!
http://www.bhg.com/crafts/kids/outdoor-projects/kids-summer-sunglasses/
bullet 38. Learn about compound interest and start a savings
account. Check out the link below. It’s pretty amazing.
What Happens When You
Double a Penny Every Day for 30 Days
!
bullet 39. Visit a lighthouse. You don’t have to be on the ocean
to do so. There are 680 lighthouses in the United States!
https://www.us-lighthouses.com/all.php
bullet 40. Learn about bees and discover why they’re so important
to our environment. Also, learn how you can protect them.
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-bees-are-important-to-our-planet/

https://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/stories/5-ways-to-help-children-help-bees
bullet 41. Make flower cupcakes. Yum!
http://www.susanevans.org/blog/flower-cupcakes
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. Check out these fun water games!


http://parentingteens.about.com/od/games/a/watergames.htm

bullet 44. Go the entire day without electronics. Go on; you can
do it!
bullet 45. Even better, try the No Impact Week Challenge.


http://noimpactproject.org/experiment

bullet 46. Choose a day—or two—and perform random acts of
kindness. See how others respond. Browse Kindness Ideas and
share your stories.
http://www.randomactsofkindness.org
bullet 47. Make your own rainbow. All you need is a garden hose!


http://askabiologist.asu.edu/recipe-rainbows

bullet 48. Find out how to take a good photograph. There’s more to
it than pointing and clicking.

http://clickitupanotch.com/2012/07/photography-for-kids
bullet 49. 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. 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 51. Make friendship bracelets for all of your friends—and
your siblings, too!!
https://www.verywell.com/summer-crafts-for-kids-easy-friendship-bracelets-620020
bullet 52. Attend your sibling’s game and really root for him or
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 your family – enjoy togetherness!
bullet 55. Try floating down a river on inner tubes. Tubing is a
blast!
bullet 56. While on your family adventure, gather everything
you’ll need to make a Summer Memory Jar or a Summer Travel
Chain.
https://homehearts.com/2013/07/17/summer-fun-activity-summer-memory-jar


https://www.homeschool.com/Top10/top10traveltips.asp
bullet 57. Visit a museum – in your
area, or while traveling. There are museums for all types of
interests, such as science museums (where you can do loads of
hands-on activities and experiments), history museums, art
museums and even children’s museums. Check this website to find
out what types are available in your area:
http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/
bullet 58. Slide down a hill! You can choose a piece of cardboard,
a block of ice, or an old skateboard deck. You’ll need parental
permission—and don’t forget to wear your safety gear.
http://www.beafunmum.com/2015/02/grass-sledding

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/no-snow-sled-try-ice-blocking


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_surfing
bullet 59. Make a new friend. Reach out to someone who has just
moved into your neighborhood or to someone who doesn’t have many
friends. This person might end up being your best friend.
bullet 60. 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. Both
http://www.careeronestop.org

and
http://www.learnhowtobecome.org

are great places to start.
bullet 61. Make and fly a variety of paper airplanes. Learn the
science behind it.
http://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/learn-it/5-basic-paper-airplanes


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-paper-planes-drag
bullet 62. Similarly, you can make and ?y a kite (or several
kites). There are 19 kite possibilities
at http://www.howtomakeand?ykites.com.  Learn about lift,
drag, and gravity at

http://www.gombergkites.com/nkm/why.html
bullet 63. 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 flight. Did you know they make quite a bit of noise?
http://www.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/hot-air-balloon.htm
bullet 64. You can make your own art supplies (with parental
permission). Below are links for making playdough and water
colors.
www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Playdough-Play-doh


http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-watercolour-paints
bullet 65. Engage in educational and fun variations of hopscotch.


http://guiltfreehomeschooling.org/?p=944

bullet 66. Bake cookies on the dashboard of your parent’s car
(with their permission, of course)! Learn now/why this works.
http://www.instructables.com/id/dashboard-baking
bullet 67. Compete in a

sack
 or wheelbarrow race.
bullet 68. Figure out new and fun uses for pool noodles.


http://quiverfullofblessings.com/2012/05/22/10-fun-uses-for-pool-noodles

bullet 69. Or make a Tic-Tac-Towel


http://www.marthastewart.com/273719/tic-tac-towel

bullet 70. How about building a sandcastle!


http://www.ehow.com/how_7470_ build-sand-castle.html

bullet 71. Learn and tell summer jokes.


http://www.bestfamilyadvice.com/summer-jokes-for-kids.html

bullet 72. Decorate your bike… spruce it up… and ride with
friends.
http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/howtodecoratebikebicyclescraftskids.html
bullet 73. Find a mentor. Want to learn a specific skill? 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. Have an old-fashioned weenie roast and make your own
mustard. There are over 100 recipes for mustard at the following
link:
http://www.melborponsti.com/inxmtd.html
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. 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 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. Here is an
example –

http://www.homeschool.com/blog/index.php/2013/08/back-to-homeschool-my-most-favorite-crafts-project-ever/
.
For a project like this, you may need parental help. What
projects can you think of? Think big and ask for assistance if
necessary.
bullet 82. Make bubble solution—but first, learn the optimum
conditions for making bubbles.
http://www.bubblemania.com/faq/solution.html
bullet 83. Designate theme days. Blue Day, Backward Day and Funny
Hair Day are just a few ideas but the options are endless!
bullet 84. Understand the science behind fireworks.


http://www.howstuffworks.com/innovation/everyday-innovations/fireworks.htm

bullet 85. 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. 80 million!
bullet 86. Learn how to whistle with two fingers.


http://www.wikihow.com/Whistle-With-Your-Fingers

bullet 87. Discover the physics behind skateboarding.


http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/physics-of-skateboarding.html

bullet 88. Make up with someone. Go ahead—end the feud!
bullet 89. Spoil your pet for a day. Give your dog a bath, play
ball with him and take him for a walk. You can also cuddle your
cat, pet your hamster or talk to your bird. Spoil your pet
several times over the summer. Turn it into a habit!
bullet 90. Find recipes that use pink lemonade as an ingredient.
Here are a couple to get you started:
https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pink-lemonade-cupcakes/f2b726de-4fd1-4ace-a8b0-3a0cf769d02a

https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pink-lemonade-thins/62a94dd7-56bb-4025-a177-468247e9e24b
bullet 91. Discover why a lightning bug (or firefly) is neither a
bug nor a fly.
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/firefly/
bullet 92. Have a Silly String fight, a water balloon fight or a
pillow fight. Have some raucous fun! Make sure to get permission
first.
bullet 93. 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://redtri.com/old-school-yard-games/


bullet 94. 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 another. Google and find out why that’s the case.
bullet 95. Attend a first aid class or take a


free class online
.
You never know when this knowledge will come in handy.

bullet 96. Plant a garden. Think fall pumpkins!
bullet 97. You might want to build bird feeders and bird baths, as
well as butterfly and ladybug feeders. Ask your parents what
they’d like to attract to the garden and build accordingly.
http://www.naturallivingideas.com/14-diy-butterfly-feeders/

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-ladybug-feeder-attract-
them-to-your-garden-169681
bullet 98. Make a hammock and lounge a bit!


http://www.ehow.com/how_2180458_improvise-a-hammock.html

bullet 99. Build a fort. You can make one out of blankets for
your living room or with wood and braces for a tree. If
actual construction is involved, you will need an adult to
help/supervise. Depending on where you live, you may even need a
building permit or approval from a Homeowner’s Association. In
any case, think how much fun it will be!
bullet 100.  YOU decided! That’s right,
we asked and you listened! We were looking fun/super ideas to
add to our list this year, and you responded. Thanks to Heather,
a subscriber to
our Facebook group,
we’re adding living forts to our list. What’s a living
fort?  Check out this link for some general info:

https://theherbalacademy.com/plant-a-magical-living-fort-for-kids/

and if you’d like to build one with sunflowers growing on the
outside, you can check out this link:

https://www.nwf.org/kids/family-fun/outdoor-activities/grow-a-sunflower-playhouse.aspx
bullet 101.  Another great
idea….new this year….suggested by
Homeschool.com member Tamaran – make gummy bear popsicles!
And FYI – you can turn this into a science experiment at the same
time!https://www.diy-queen.com/2013/02/gummy-bear-popsicles

https://www.homeschool.com/blog/index.php/2014/04/homeschool-science-gummy-bear-osmosis
bullet 102. Conjure up some homemade ice cream and celebrate the
fact that you’re one summer older!

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/desserts/homemade-ice-cream-recipes
bullet 103. Last but not least… get ready for homeschool to
resume. Summer is GREAT but so is the fall!