Summer always seems to go by so fast! It is my favorite time of year, and we never seem to get to all the fun things I want to do. There are just so many ways to play and have fun in the warm weather! Perhaps having a collection of fabulous play ideas at hand will help us cram as much into our days as possible!
Summer Bucket List
I have scoured my favorite children's sites, and collected 150 Summer activities that we have either done and loved, or that we have seen on favorite sites and want to do before Summer's end. Let's make this the BEST Summer yet!
Ice ~~~~~ Chilled Out Play ~~~~~ Ice
Chalk~~ Sidewalk Chalk ~~ Chalk
Bubbles ~~ Bubbles ~~ Bubbles
Games ~Outdoor Games ~ Games
Water Play ~~ Water Play ~~ Water Play
Paint the sidewalk with water Creative with Kids
A tub of water Teach Preschool
Exploring what will sink/float Teach Preschool
Ice age water bin Happy Hooligans
Water and Sponge Play Mama Mia's Heart to Heart
Water balloons in the play pool Train Up a Child
Ocean Small World Famiglia & Seoul
Explore simple water Science Creative Connections for Kids
Wash the car together Laugh with Us
Water beads in the play pool Train up a Child!
Give your dolls a bath Mama Peapod
Dinosaur water bin like Happy Hooligans!
Summer Sensory Pools Growing A Jeweled Rose
Princess Sensory Pool Growing A Jeweled Rose
3 imaginative water play ideas Learn with Play at Home
Colored water play A Little Learning for Two
Explore with scrap plumbing parts Happy Hooligans
Put out fires Toddler Approved
Water transfer activity Learn with Play at Home!
Make sailboats Irresistible Ideas for Play based Learning
DIY water wall Timkerlab
Watering the garden alphabet game Toddler Approved
Make your own slip-n-slide Inner Child Fun!
Water bottle water fountain Toddler Approved
Make a tin foil river Little Panda's Playschool
Play with water balloons Paint Cut Paste
Water balloon towel toss Love, Play, Learn
Give your cozy coup a wash JDaniel4's Mom
Floating sponge sculptures The Chocolate Muffin Tree!
Rain Shadows The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Diving for Sharks Toddler Approved
Play water tag About
Origami Water Bombs Eden Project
Squirt races Essential Baby
Spray painting with colored water Paint Cut Paste
Sand ~~ Sand ~~ Sand
It just wouldn't feel like Summer without some sand play!
Make sand castles- Mommy with Selective Memory
Paint sandcastles Sandy Toes & Popsicles
Tell stories in the sand Paint Cut Paste
Make your own sandbox The Golden Gleam
Colored sand ice cream shop A Little Learning for Two!
Make a thrifty sandbox like Mama Smiles
Make sand art The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Don't have the real thing? Try these fun alternatives!
Make cloud dough like Tinkerlab
Color it and set up a cloud dough ice cream shop like Inner Child Fun
Cornmeal Castles Sensory Play from Creative with Kids
~~ Play After Dark ~~
I jut love warm Summer nights, and always loved playing after dark as a child. Here are some fun ways to extend those Summer days by playing into the night!
Go camping in your own backyard like Kids Stuff World
Play flashlight tag like Creative Family Fun!
Catch fireflies Crafty Moms Share
Put glow sticks in balloons and take them outside- A Little Learning for Two
outdoor family movie night like Simple Pleasures
Go on a glow stick hunt like Childhood Beckons
Make Glowing Lanterns Growing a Jeweled Rose
Go on a scavenger hunt with a flashlight like Parenthood.com
Play Sleeping Pirate- Livestrong.com
Explore with submersible LED lights in the play pool!
Whew! There you have it! 150 Summer Play Ideas!
There are so many activities on this list I am hoping to get to this Summer, and time is just flying by! We better get busy! How many do you think you can fit in?