41. Build a Den or Fort
Build a den out of the sofa cushions, chairs, clothes rack with a blanket draped over or create a fort out of a big cardboard box with packing tape to hold the sides together. Outdoors, let your kids make a camp outdoors, using old blankets/duvets, cushions and the garden chairs for props. Or gather some sturdy sticks from the wood and use some old tarpaulin as a roof.
Blowing bubbles should lead to giggles! Use different blowers for a range of bubbly fun. Challenge the kids to try and make some really big bubbles or try some bubble painting – find out how in our Bubble Ideas & Bubble Fun.
You could also have have some fun at night with these glow in the dark bubbles.
43. Make a letter book
Let the kids take a picture of or draw something that starts with each letter of the alphabet and create an Alphabet Letter book with their photos or drawings.
44. Ride ‘Em Cowboy
Equipment per team: 1 hat; 1 cowboy belt, holster and gun; 1 chair; 18 inflated balloons.
- Divide the group into teams. A chair is placed about fifteen to twenty feet in front of each team.
- On ‘Go’, the first person on each team puts on the hat, cowboy holster and gun and places a balloon between his knees.
- He proceeds in bowlegged fashion to the chair, where he places the balloon on the seat and rides the ‘bronco’ until it ‘breaks’. He returns to his line, passing his hat and belt to the next cowboy.
- The game proceeds in this relay fashion until all broncos have been broken.
45. Make Your Own Jewellery
Gather various pasta shapes such as fusilli or penne and dip them in paint to colour them. Once dry, thread them through string or wool to make bracelets or necklaces. Make some for your friends too! Or you could try your hand at loom band bracelets – we have got some design ideas here.
46. Summer Olympics
Round up a gang of kids and hold your own summer Olympics in your garden with obstacle courses, long-jump, and novelty races like 3-legged, sack, and egg and spoon. Compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and make award ribbons out of cardboard and wool. Hours of fun and exhausted kids guaranteed!
Aim to go to the library once a week. Check out books, join story time, and see if there is a reading club you can participate in. Most libraries participate in summer reading challenges, so check your local library for details.
48. Lemonade Stand
A lovely summer’s activity and a great way for your kids to learn about money. All they need is a table/box, sign, paper cups, jug, and lemonade. You could help them make homemade lemonade instead of buying lemonade. Alternatively, they could sell some buns they have made – we have lots of recipe ideas in our food section like these yummy lemon buns, or cherry, banana and white chocolate cupcakes.
49. Play Summer Bingo
We love this summer bingo we found on designdazzle.com, with thanks to Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas. Just download your free printables, and laminate for summer bingo fun!
50. Have some water fun
If the weather is warm, most kids love playing with water, or having water fights. Turn on the spinkler and let the kids jump through it, or small buckets make perfect containers for “soaking the enemy”. Alternatively, fill up some water balloons and let the kids get wet. Younger ones might enjoy “painting” things with water – either pictures on ground, or get them to “paint” the shed or fence. You can easily make a slip ‘n’ slide, with strong refuse bags or large plastic sheet, washing-up liquid, and a hose…
Have you any more ideas for summer activities for kids? Let us know in the comments below