Five Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer 8

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School is out and summer is here!  Has anyone heard this yet?  “Mom, I’m bored!”  Summer can become a breeding ground for boredom.  Here are five ideas to help keep your children occupied during these hot summer months.  I am using them with mine.

1.  Reading!  

Having your children continue to read during the summer is such a wonderful activity, for you and for them.  Keeping them involved in reading all through the summer helps them in so many ways educationally.  Every child should be reading (or read to) 20 minutes a day.  

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Here are some great reading programs:

I developed a 100 Book reading log.  Once we read 100 books at our house, we get to choose a surprise.  I just made a simple page in excel marked from 1-100.  I bought some inexpensive stickers to mark off the books we read along the way.  Once we get to 100, we get to choose a fun activity (maybe a movie, or family day-cation).

Check out your local library.  They always having activities and programs.

Barnes and Noble has a great online reading program offered.  If your child reads 8 books and logs them and you take it into the store, you can get a free book. 

Scholastic also has a great reading program.  They have a section for kids, for parents, and for educators!  If you log your minutes, you can earn rewards.

Club Lego also has a free magazine sign-up.  If you have a child that loves Legos but dislikes reading, this may be a hit.

Nicole from has provided a Free Reading Log.  This is helpful if you just don’t want to do all the online stuff (it does take time) but you want a chart for your kids to keep track of their reading.



2.  Chores

Yes, chores.  Kids also need to learn responsibility.  And, parents can always use a helping hand.  In my family, we learned to work hard and play hard.  But, sometimes the work came first.  Fill these out and set a chore schedule for your kids.  Great printable!

Kristi from has provided some wonderful fill-in-the-blank chore charts here.

3.  Go outside

Being outside is a must for kids!  It helps them develop their senses, use their imaginations, and stretch their little muscles.  Learning to be active and healthy is important from the start.  We all know what happens when they stay inside for too long; and who wants irritable kids?  Watching tv, movies, and playing video games for hours on end is not great summer behavior.

Take a picnic to a park.

Go to a playground

Go Geocaching.  Check out the official website here.  I haven’t tried geocaching with my little ones, but I have heard there are some really fun things out there, and nearby.  Check out that site!

Go swimming or run through the sprinklers.  Running through the sprinklers was a favorite thing for us as kids.  Mom didn’t even make us get on our swimming suits…or, maybe we just did it without her knowing!! 🙂

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Go to a National Park.  August 25 is National Park Service Birthday and you can go for free.  Check it out here.

4.  Do a craft.

Make play-doh or DiY Flubber

Use sidewalk chalk



Take a class at your local stores:

Michaels has a Passport to Imagination class.  It is $2 for children 3 and up.  Check it out here.

The Apple store offers a great class for kids age 8-12.  They offer  to teach kids how to shoot their own footage, create an original song in GarageBand on an iPad, and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. This is a free workshop, and ends with kids debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival.  I haven’t had experience with this, but found it online.  Looks awesome!!  Check it out here.

Home Depot and Lowes both offer kids’ workshops.  Check them out here and here.

5.  Spend time as a family.  

This is the perfect time to spend together.  You don’t have to go on an expensive vacation to have quality time together.  Look for less expensive get-aways, or just plan a family picnic or drive together.  Spending quality time together is always a gift.

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Have an outdoor movie night.

Grab some marshmallows and hot dogs and have an outdoor BBQ.  

Plant a garden, together.

Have a water balloon fight.

Go watch the Dollar Movie at your local theater.

Take a hike.

Participate in acts of service for others.

What do you do in the summer to keep your kids occupied?  Leave a comment below and let me know?  I can use a few more ideas.

I hope to have a post up soon about preventing Mom Burnout.  Keep on trucking, moms!

Happy day.


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8 thoughts on “Five Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Yes. Isn’t it true how quickly the boredom comes!! I am sure five ideas are not going to do it, but it is a good start! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader

    Really love this list of things to keep kids busy during summer. Especially #1 & #2. I used to love to read during the summer, and oh how I remember the chores. I’m sure they doubled during the summer, but it really did keep us busy. One of our favorite activities as kids was water fights. Every year mom would pick up the cheapest water guns she could find, and if we wanted anything better than that we had to earn it (chores plus extra work). We also spent a lot of time camping.
    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social, I’m looking forward to seeing you again next Thursday at 9pm EST at for another installment of The Weekend Social.
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      balmtomysoul Post author

      I remember water fights!! We would just get soaking and I never remember my mom getting mad about the footprints or wet clothes. I am sure we added to her laundry! Such good memories.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      It is so funny that you say that because I was talking to a friend this week and she said, “My son has been sleeping until noon. I have to get him up this week to go to scouts. I don’t know what I am going to do!” I had to laugh because I remember being a teen and doing that exact same thing!! Thanks again for visiting. Always enjoy your site!!