Free (Or Very Cheap) Summer Fun for Kids

Summer vacation has officially begun. The weather is heating up. And the kids are “Bored”! Here are some fun, and sometimes refreshing, Summer games, and activities that you can do for free (Or very, very cheap)!

Sponge Bomb

What you need:

  1. A bucket
  2. A bunch of sponges (I buy that big package from the $1 store, and cut them in half)
  3. WATER!

Fill the bucket with water. Throw in all of the sponges. Bring the bucket and the kids into the middle of the yard. Have them all take 10-15 steps away from the bucket. Now on the count of three, they can run and grab sponges to toss at their friends.

Rules: No face or head shots.

Bubble Fun

What you need:

  1. 2 cups JOY Dishwashing soap
  2. 6 cups of Water
  3. 3/4 cups corn syrup

Mix it all together until you have bubbles that are just as good, if not better then those expensive store bought bubbles. Then use bubble wands, hula hoops, or any round object, to create awesome bubbles.

Insane Croquet

What you need:

  1. A croquet set (We found ours at a thrift store)
  2. A yard or park

Create an obstacle course for your croquet ball to go through. Use lawn chairs, tables, Skateboards…anything! Have fun playing croquet around these crazy objects.

Tip: Use the little wickets at the start of each obstacle to help identify the course.

Chalk Town (Great for kids 5-10)

What you need:

  1. Sidewalk Chalk
  2. Matchbox cars
  3. A driveway or cement patio

You and your child can draw an aerial view of your city. Create roads wide enough for the matchbox cars. Draw the roofs of buildings, little people. Get as elaborate as you want. When it’s done, the child has a huge area to use their imagination. They can use their matchbox car to travel through town.

The Nature Hunt

What you need:

  1. A large piece of paper
  2. Glue Sticks
  3. A pen or pencil
  4. Nature

Have your child explore your yard and collect the different types of leaves, flowers, acorns, even bugs, and attach them to their piece of paper. When they are done exploring, help them identify each item, and where it may have come from.

With a little imagination, you can come up with fun activities to help ease the summer boredom. Take your favorite yard game and add a twist. Get that imagination going. Bring out your artistic side. Have fun and….

Happy Summer!!