20 New Ideas and Activities to Try This Summer Jun 23, 2020 Image of father and daughter blowing bubbles. Kayla Craig photo Author:
This summer is different, that’s for sure. From canceled camps to closed pools, typical summer plans for families across the country are shifting.
For families like mine, the newness of “being out of school” has worn off. My kids have been home since March! It can feel sad or disappointing to enter a season that’s usually marked by special events knowing that our summer plans have changed. But while our go-to summer fun might be put on hold, that doesn’t mean we can’t still look forward to new family adventures!
So, how can we make summer special in this new normal?
When I asked my three sons (between the ages of 4 and 9) to create a checklist of summer fun, I was surprised! They didn’t ask for grand vacations — they wanted to tackle a science experiment, explore nature, and try a new recipe.
It’s good to remember that to children, sometimes the little things aren’t so little. Trying a new food, reading a new book, or learning a full song by heart are big, important, and fun milestones! Sometimes it just takes a little creativity to foster curiosity, bust up the boredom, and see things in a new light.
The greatest part of summer has always been the opportunity to freely play and learn as a family. And while things have changed, that definitely still exists.
Here are a few kid-approved ideas to get summer 2020 started!
Print this summer checklist. Keep track of the new activities and adventures you’d like to do this summer with this printable PBS KIDS bucket list. (We’ve even included room for you to add your own must-try ideas for summer fun!) Build a newspaper fort. Go camping without leaving your living room. With just two items (newspaper and tape), this simple tutorial will help your family write a new adventure this summer. Discover new things on a walk. Turn a family nature walk into an enjoyable adventure for everyone. Here are seven simple tricks to turn an ordinary walk into a new summer adventure. Download engaging apps for summer learning. From online games to mobile apps, give your brain a boost and beat the heat with these six PBS KIDS apps. Explore the sea (with a paper plate aquarium!). While summer vacations may be put on hold, families can still enjoy a trip to the ocean together — you’ll just need a paper plate and some imagination! Learn a new skill. A benefit to a slower-paced summer? More time for hands-on play! Tune-up fine motor skills and help your little ones learn how to use scissors with this step-by-step guide. Go stargazing! Explore the wonders of astronomy together with a night under the stars. Ready Jet Go! helps take the complexity of space and explain it in language kids can understand. Read a new book on a beautiful summer day. Go somewhere new without leaving your house! This summer reading list is filled with books that bring us to faraway places, introduce us to new friends, and teach us about the world around us. Rediscover the wonder of the great outdoors. Summer travel may look different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a change of scenery. Here are some new ways to soak up the sun, spend time in nature, and relieve stress in kids and grown-ups! Create a new instrument. Bring a new melody to your summer! Create different pitch, tones, and sounds by creating your own glass bottle water xylophone. Be a thoughtful neighbor. Foster generosity with a random act of kindness. Write or draw cards for your local pediatric hospital, plant a tree, or dedicate allowance for a charity. Get creative in ways to be physically distant and socially present in your community! Pool closed? No problem — turn a pool noodle into an imaginary horse! Our step-by-step guide helps you turn summer break into summer fun with a one-of-a-kind pool noodle horse. Giddy up! Bust a (new!) dance move. Bring playful learning to your family’s next dance break. Bonus: Dancing it out will help children prepare for school in the fall! (Music and dance helps kids practice essential school readiness skills, such as self-regulation and flexible thinking.) Cool off while learning something new. Get your child thinking about why some things float and some sink with this easy activity that freezes toys into an ice block. Play summer book bingo. Make a new game out of your summer reading. This printable book bingo card is perfect for readers of all ages. Share your completed bingo cards with us! Make your own mini-golf. This new game will have you and your child cheering! Explore the science of how things move with a DIY mini-golf game. Embark on an outdoor sensory adventure. Explore new-to-you sights, sounds, and smells of nature — without leaving your neighborhood! Here’s how to let little ones take the lead and assert their curiosity this summer. Get into the kitchen and try a new-to-you recipe. Our friend Daniel Tiger encourages little ones to try new foods, and tasty recipes all the way from Alaska from Molly of Denali are the perfect on-ramp for eating adventures this summer. Print and assemble Molly’s recipe book, and get cooking! Burn energy on a rainy day. Libraries and indoor-playgrounds still closed this summer? Get the wiggles out with a new energy-burning game! Remember that downtime can be good! Even in the most exciting summer seasons, kids will get bored. But that’s not always a bad thing! As the Kratt brothers remind us, if we give children space to explore their boredom, we might just be amazed by the creative ways they’ll fill their time.
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Kayla Craig is a writer and podcast producer raising four young kids who joined their family via birth and adoption. She loves deep mugs of coffee, deeper belly laughs, and even deeper questions. She spends too much time on Instagram. Providing Support for PBS.org Learn More about online sponsorship (opens in new window) Learn & Grow
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