Simple Summer Activities

I’ve found that it usually doesn’t go well if we don’t have some structure in our days, so I like to have a list of easy ideas to refer to when I need inspiration for some fun when there’s not much else going on. I thought I’d share this list in case there’s others in the same boat, needing some simple, inexpensive summer activities that don’t require much planning to break up the monotony that can set in. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Picnic lunches, even just in the backyard (but bonus points for going to a park)
  • DIY pedicures. My girls LOVE having their nails painted, and sandal season is the perfect time for pedis
  • Library storytime
  • Park dates–my local MOPS group has some planned through the summer, but you could easily just call a friend to meet you at a park instead of your house
  • Splash pad–there’s no way I’d take all three little ones to the pool by myself, but a splash pad is manageable
  • Reading chapter books together (or picture books)–our library has a summer reading program with incentives for minutes read
  • Gardening–I don’t have a big garden (everything is in flower pots on my deck) but the kids will be helping take care of the plants this year and they love it
  • Vacation Bible School/Camp–let someone else entertain them for awhile!
  • Wading pool–especially if you never take them to a bigger public pool, they will be thrilled every time you pull this sucker out
  • Crafts– This doesn’t have to be complicated; it could be as simple as “special” coloring books that you only pull out at certain times. There’s always Pinterest ideas, and some of them are as easy as making a crown out of paper plates and decorating it with markers.
  • Dance parties: This is a year-round thing for us, but it’s a good way to get some energy out on rainy days
  • Theme days: Have a letter of the day or color of the day, and coordinate activities with it. Maybe everyone could wear something of that color or letter, and plan a meal that corresponds with it. For example, macaroni and cheese, carrots, and orange slices are an easy orange-themed lunch.
  • Ashley had a great idea for cooking classes: teach the kids to help make part of a meal or snack. Homemade pizza, chocolate dipped strawberries, bagel fruit pizzas, and build-your-own salads are some to start with.
  • Workbooks–the kids love doing more structured lessons than simply coloring a page (but still not so structured that it takes planning from me! #winning) and the dollar store has a lot of different options for these. And since they’re young enough that it doesn’t feel like homework yet, I’m totally going to milk this for all it’s worth.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully it’s enough to get the wheels turning… and it’s probably what a lot of our days this summer will include. What else would you add? I’m always up for more ideas!

Linking up with Ana–go see more of what everyone’s doing this summer!
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  1. Ana

    June 12, 2015 at 6:33 am

    These are so great! Definitely referring to this list this summer!

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  2. Ashley

    June 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Such a great list! I need to check and see if we have any splashpads near us!

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