5 Summer Activities for Kids (how to cure I’m Bored-itis)

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Today I’m sharing 5 great summer activities for kids!  Hopefully, these fun ideas will help keep “I’m Bored-itis” away!

Summer Boredom Busters

I just looked at the calendar and noticed we have less than 30 days of school left!!!  How in the world did the school year pass so quickly?

You know what that means though… Time to start finalizing summer vacation plans, trips to grandma’s house, camps, and our summer activity schedule.  If you’ve been a reader for a while, you may remember the summer activity jars I wrote about a few years back.  This was a great idea.  We’ve used it for the past couple of summers and will use it again this year.  The “luck of the draw method” is really a great way to switch up the daily chores and keep activities fresh.  I try to limit time on the tv/computer/tablets and encourage more reading and other activities to prevent the summer regression.  (I’ve added a few weeks of special summer camp this year to help with this as well.)

Even with the day camp and switching up the activities, I still have to keep a few fun projects and ideas in my back pocket for the times when the “I’m bored-itis” strikes and can’t be relieved with an activity from the jar.

Our 5 Favorite Summer activities for kids

1.  Sidewalk chalk art

Sidewalk chalk art is always a great way to spend the afternoon, and now there’s something even better than regular ol’ chalk…  Chalk Paint!


chalk art ideas

chalk art ideas

2.  Water fun: Go play in the sprinklers!  

Send the kids outside to play in the sprinklers, it’s almost as fun as the pool!  To make it more fun, add in water balloons or some sort of water gun (just make sure the water gun is more weak than powerful- otherwise you may have more crying than laughing, lol.)

summer activities

3.  Keep a few awesome indoor craft supplies in your stash for rainy days.  

My kids will spend hours playing with air-dry clay or with my pre-cut scrapbook squares, scissors, and a glue stick! (And I like that these two activities require creativity and imagination.)

4. Food Fun

Make and decorate cookies or cupcakes- of course, the baking part requires an adult, but the decorating can really keep them entertained.  I keep ready to use fondant in the pantry and my kids love to create decorations for their cupcakes.  Kind of similar to the air dry clay, but in this case they get to eat their creations!


Another food-related activity is making ice cream in a bag.  With this one you can put together the bags and just send them outside and let them shake and toss the bags around until the ice cream is ready to eat!

how to make ice cream in a ziplock bag

5.  Movie time.

Chose a movie and let the kids grab their sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and couch cushions to create a comfy nest.  Darken the room, add some popcorn and enjoy the movie!


Now it’s your turn!  What are some of your family’s favorite ways to combat the “I’m Bored!” syndrome?

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  1. Nicole Escat says:

    This is really perfect! My son is getting bored in our house. I think it’s time to take him to activities! Thanks for the ideas.

  2. What a great idea! I love these! My boys love water activities and sidewalk chalk! I am looking forward to the warm weather for some fun outdoor things. Even gardening!

  3. My daughter is a big fan of sidewalk chalk art! Looks like RoseArt has some really great products, have to check them out for the summer break.

  4. That chalk sounds like a good one to me–of course they could make a hopscotch board and get some exercise in too. That and hit the penny with a ball (penny between the two players) is how I remember spending that time when I was “bored”.