80+ Inexpensive or Free Summer Activities for Kids
by Crystal on May 22, 2011
I recently asked my readers to share a solution or resource they would like me to help them find. My friend Kim left a comment stating she needs a list of fun and inexpensive things to do this summer… so, I came up with a list. Since the list is so long, I broke it up into easy categories. If there is a link included for one of the activities, click-through because it is a tutorial to show you how to do it. There are over 80 mommy solutions here! Enjoy!
- Go to the library once a week. Check out books, join story time, see if there is a reading club you can participate in.
- Go camping. Front yard, back yard, in the living room, or make it a weekend trip in another town.
- Go to your local recreation center in your city and see what activities or classes they offer for super cheap!
- Go to the park. Hello, that is hours of free entertainment. And at my favorite park, they have trails that we all love to walk after playing at the playground.
- Going on a road trip? Check out these road trip free printables for little ones.
- Go on a worm hunt.
- Go fishing.
- Go on a factory/plant tour.
- Go to Vacation Bible School (VBS).
- Go to your local home supply store or craft store and see if they are offering any free children’s clinics this summer.
- Go walk at the mall.
- Go to the lake- swim or fish.
- Go to the local sno cone stand.
- Make your own kite. Here are 27 different kites you can make.
- Make things out of cardboard. Check out this awesome idea- filled- post on cardboard creativity 101. Then, hop over and check out Tip Junkie’s list of 32 things you can make with cardboard.
- Make your own slime using this recipe, which glows in the dark!
- Make homemade play dough.
- Make goop.
- Make S’Mores- go traditional or make these Owl S’Mores. So cute!
- Make homemade marshmallows.
- Make soap on a rope.
- Make these bird treats and hang them in a tree near a window so you can watch the birds enjoy.
- Make bathtub puff paint.
- Bake these Mommy Cookies together.
- Make this cherry cake recipe together.
- Make an obsticle course (or hold an olympics) in your backyard. So fun! You can make first place, second place, third place ribbons using construction paper and yarn.
- Make a sensory tub. Great for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Make a time capsule.
- Make homemade ice cream. Here is a list of tips as well as five recipes you can make!
- Make homemade bubbles.
- Make liquid sidewalk chalk and then have a creativity contest.
- Make a pet rock.
- Make homemade finger paint.
- Make your own felt play mat.
- Make a busy tray. Super smart and practical.
- Re-purpose broken crayons into your favorite mold shape and print some free color sheets.
- Make a lemonade stand.
- Make homemade pizza together. Here is a list of ways to make pizza un-boring.
- Make your own board game.
- Make sock puppets and have a sock puppet play.
- Make finger puppets. Here is a free download.
- Make your own stick horse.
- Make homemade popsicle. Here is a great list of popsicle recipes.
- Make something origami. Here is a site with a bunch of kid friendly origami ideas.
- Make an assortment of muffins together. Here are 28 muffin recipes you can indulge in.
- For your little toddler guys who want to be crafty, make ice paint. Pretty cool
Check out this link for all of the ways to make these activities/recipes.