35 of Our Favorite Summer Activity Ideas

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The end of winter is almost here, and I’m so excited. We had a beautiful weekend and we were able to go out in shorts and t-shirts! The twins are crawling now so I’m determined to stay outside a little more this summer than I did last, when they were newborns! Their sisters did not get to play outside with Mommy as much as they were used to so this summer, we are going to have a blast! I have a big list of summer activities and this is just a few realistic ones that we will be able to do when it warms up a bit! I hope you find some things you’d like to do too!

  1. Create a scavenger hunt! I found an adorable printable from Clean and Scentsible, you can find the post here. I loved scavenger hunts when I was little. And these are so versatile, you can put just about anything into a scavenger hunt! Make it really fun and get the kids involved in the list-making. 2e224a3f60acbab352ecb2a35c56f696
  2. Go on a picnic. This is so much fun because its low-cost, and you can pick anywhere you want to go to have a picnic!
  3. Find a nature trail. c08fee2c7fcaeb128d0416d9f5997146
  4. Go swimming at the lake. 7d7a32270833ad247cd78c52c21ffd8f
  5. Go to a new park.
  6. Ride bikes.
  7. Draw with chalk! 7889e07dd780aec6a7634813ead17ab1
  8. Play with bubbles!
  9. Finger painting!
  10. Buy bouncy balls and have a race! f516d87b827126572d17e100140ef34a
  11. Go fishing. f2c39351ed493c45180e63579cddbb0f
  12. Go camping! 1a0415aa9749da7986268b4022c50870
  13. Play a sport.
  14. Build sand castles! 2f4cdc44c4bbb33618f1506947059c09
  15. Turn up some music outside and dance!
  16. Have a cookout.
  17. Take horseback riding lessons. 76490d0559142f471059bb5943889752
  18. Take the dog to a dog park. d39f2a399916d20500364c404b511fe1
  19. Make a lemonade stand!
  20. Do a yard sale!
  21. Play in the sprinkler. 3790c14c493351c667948dd77f2cf3f9
  22. Collect bugs! There are special containers and nets you can buy just  for kids. k2-_50f94c47-3f21-4c8a-a767-2005c6064c41.v1
  23. Collect fireflies at night! 0ce0973b0fa70e33e433c0d4416c27ad
  24. Build something! A birdhouse or a dog house. 3d94c2e4d854dfccc81556deda84733d
  25. Build an obstacle course.
  26. Go look for arrowheads! 05109dc30ecd2c7e8c1a8676e0f6bfd9
  27. Look for crawfish.
  28. Grow something!
  29. Paint a flower pot, 7393341370154269a79be3cc21718233
  30. Plant flowers!
  31. Make a bird watching journal for the nature trails. I LOVE this free printable from Buggy and Buddy: Free Bird Book for kids!  b1252a2e3221a616123642ae48e99058
  32. Build a bird feeder, here’s something that the kids can make: Easy Bird Feeders!  e9d1ce925b6abd372a64c31b599ed753
  33. Find pet rocks, and paint them! bb0f4b7dcbebf1a5a8ee2dcf6531fcc5
  34. Make tie-dye shirts! e5243e0bc34d17cc2ba4346282d64088
  35. No matter what you do, just make sure you’re spending your time with your kids. 100%. Leave the smartphones and tablets at home. Lastly, let your kids come up with something to do! Give them ideas and let them choose.

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