Ten Summer-Fun Ideas to Do With Your Kids

Swimming is always the best way to celebrate summer and cool down from the heat. But what other ideas are out there? Well, here are some of my top 10 picks for summer fun…

Reading together!

Instead of summer reading programs that try to inspire reading for prizes, try reading together, or find great books, together, for them as summer reads and inspire reading for the love of it, instead.

Reading books that are coming out in theaters, is a lot of fun, too. Judy Moody’s, The Not Summer Bummer, is coming to theaters this summer, 2011, and we are reading it now and excited to see the movie together!  I have some fun reads that my children loved me reading to them all summer long. Try these out for your family…

Bowling

A lot of bowling alleys offer free summer bowling. Check out your area for one near you! kidsbowlfree.com has a list of participating bowling alleys. Rain or shine, bowling is always fun!

Go Camping!

We’re big campers. We’ve done the tent thing and have graduated to the camper:) But camping doesn’t mean you have to leave your back yard. You can always set-up camp in your yard, catch fire flys and make s’mores all in the comforts of your back yard. No matter where you are, it will create wonderful memories!

Do Fun Crafts

What child doesn’t like crafts? I know my oldest daughter was obsessed! When is craft time? When is craft time?  Here are some fun summer-time crafts to do with your kids: 36 Family Fun Summer Crafts. Click here for my soap making, play-dough and other boredom busters on Homeschooling Belle!

Fun with Watermelons!

Watermelon is a deliciously juicy summer treat that is packed with nutrition. Instead of the usual triangular slices, try one of these fun examples the next time you cut open a watermelon. Click on the images for instructions.

 

Watermelon Hedgehog

Watermelon Punch and Bowl

Watermelon Shark

Watermelon Popsicles

Have a Lemonade Stand

My children love doing this! I throw in some homemade cookies to sell, too and they’ve, now, made some real money! This is a wonderful way to teach them about money and business. I have my children help pay for the ingredients and cups, help make the cookies and lemonade, and teach them about money. Just teach according to age and they will have a fun way to help celebrate summer!

Philanthropy

Teaching our children about helping others is one way to show God’s love this summer. Check out this link for some charitable activities to do as a family

Host a summer slumber party

This one my girls just love, but doesn’t mean your sons can’t throw a dude bash. Pizza, some fun decore, plan a scavenger hunt and make a fun cake; you’ve got yourself a killer start to a great sleepover. Include nail painting and girly masks for a girl sleepover, and movies and PS3 games for the boys. Fun that they’ll always remember!

Have a Movie night

I love watching movies with the whole family, and drive-in movies are a lot of fun in the summer and/or saving to see the summer kid-friendly movies in the theaters, are worth every penny. We’ve rented movie projectors and have watched movies in our yard outdoors, invited the neighbors and popped popcorn. What fun! Lay out blankets and throw some pillows out on the lawn and you’ve got some serious summer fun!

But it doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun watching a great movie at home. Pop a big bowl of popcorn to share and snuggle in on a summer night.

Here’s to a fun summer! There you have it! My top 10 all time favorite summer fun ideas! For planning tips on these and much more visit Planner Perfect, for more on the ultimate organizer!

Jenny Penton is a homeschooling mother of seven children and loves the closeness that being home with them provides. Un-schooling is how they live and learn and she blogs about their learning experiences at Homeschoolingbelle.com. Jenny also has a passion for inspiring women to become master life planners and that includes menu planning. Check out her sites for life planning and her inspiring recipes on her food blog at plannerperfect.com and plannerperfectmeals.com

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