Summer Boredom Busters can be really hard to come up with new ideas after a couple of weeks. For my kids, the first few days of summer break is fun and exciting, but after a week or so in the boredom blues can begin. In my kid’s case, it was day three that they were bored and no one to play with. Keeping kids active during the summer months isn’t always easy, which is why we have compiled this list of 50 summer boredom busters for kids. Don’t let the dog days of summer go by without giving it a peek and seeing how simple and frugal fun can be. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Now with three kids, it’s a given that all of my kids will not want to do the same thing. So it’s important to keep an arsenal of ideas handy since sometimes more than one activity at a time will be necessary. I love to keep outdoor games on hand as well, it never fails when we have neighborhood kids over the kids fall back in love with their favorite older toys.
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Summer Boredom Busters for Kids
1. Add some activated glow sticks to the bath water for some glowing fun.
2. Find a fun recipe on Pinterest and try creating it together. (check out my cooking with kids board ->here)
3. Chop up a variety of fruit, take a paper plate, and make fun shapes and pictures on it.
4. Mix food coloring into various glasses of water to see what colors appear.
5. Soak a white carnation in a glass of water mixed with food coloring and watch the color of the flower change over time.
6. Play your own game of “Chopped” by giving a family member a few food ingredients and seeing what they can create with it.
7. Visit a store that sells foreign foods. Pick something new out and give it a try. You can even set a budget for the kids and see what they can find within their budget.
8. Make mini pizzas using English muffins, pizza sauce, and cheese. You can even add mini pepperoni! (See my recipe -> here)
9. Make your own popsicles using fruit juice, chopped fruit, and popsicle molds.
10. Mix various flavors of Kool Aid to come up with your own signature concoction. Give your new drink a fun name.
11. Make your own mini volcano using a glass, 2 cups of vinegar, and a tablespoon of baking soda. You can even add food coloring to it.
12. Make jello oceans. Pour blue jello mix in a cup and add gummy fish then refrigerate until solid.
13. Craft your own pretty ice cubes. Freeze edible flowers in an ice cube tray. Add to your favorite drinks and they instantly become fancy.
14. Use Mod Podge to apply a pretty picture to a plate then display.
15. Add a marble and a few drops of paint to the inside of a shirt box. Roll the marble around and see the design it makes.
16. Make sensory bottles by adding water, oil, and glitter to a water bottle. Replace the lid and shake.
17. Add an assortment of food coloring to a box of cake mix and see how it turns out when baked.
18. Make rainbow pancakes when you mix M&Ms or Sprinkles into a store-bought batter. (see my pancake muffins -> here)
19. Bring colored bubble solution into the bath tub and enjoy some colorful bubbles.
20. Give kids sponges, spoons, measuring cups, and other manipulatives to use in the tub for a fine motor sensory experience.
21. Use old toothbrushes like paint brushes on paper.
22. Build an indoor fort using old bed sheets.
23. Add food coloring to your bath water for a colorful and fun experience.
24. Pick a theme song to start brushing teeth to. It will help children brush long enough.
25. Use water color paints on tub tile for some indoor painting fun.
26. Sort books by genre into book bins for easy reading. Have kids make their own colorful tags for each basket.
27. Use side walk chalk to create games such as hopscotch and four square.
28. Let children grow grass seed in a flower pot and use scissors to trim it.
29. Grow a mini herb garden using dollar store supplies.
30. Let children help with harvesting garden goods.
31. Try dehydrating fruit to make your own fruit chips and fruit snacks.
32. Visit a thrift store for some fun finds such as games and toys.
33. Let children hold a bake or beverage sale at your next yard sale.
34. Hold a neighborhood dog wash, or just give your own dog a good bath.
35. Get out buckets and sponges and let kids wash their bikes.
36. Let children create an outdoor obstacle course using balls, hula hoops, and other outdoor toys.
37. Use pool noodles for all sorts of crafts. Cut them up, stack the segments, or even glue googly eyes on them and turn them into characters.
38. Have a movie day where you rent movies from RedBox and enjoy dollar store snacks.
39. Take some flashlights outdoors for an evening game of flashlight tag.
40. Learn about the various constellations and then go outside in the evening to find them.
41. Fill balloons with shaving cream for a fun twist on the water balloon fight.
42. Let kids go on a walk with a plastic baggie so they can collect nature specimens and share them with you.
43. Learn various bird calls. You can listen to them on YouTube. Try imitating them and calling to birds. See if any answer you back.
44. Have a dance party. Pull up some family-friendly tunes on Pandora and get down.
45. Have a costume contest. Get out those old dress clothes and Halloween costumes and see who can look the wackiest.
46. Have a contest to see who can blow the biggest bubble. Use bubble gum or soap bubbles.
47. Set up a small tent and have a backyard camping trip. Tell stories, eat hot dogs, and of course enjoy a bonfire if you can.
48. Go outside in the evening and see who can catch the most fireflies.
49. Encourage kids to start a collection. Try rocks, leaves, stamps, or even coins.
50. Let children journal. Give them a fun notebook to decorate and document their summer adventures in.
With these 50 boredom busters, you will find that keeping your children active this summer has never been easier! Give them a try and see what fun you can have.
What is your go-to activity when your kids are bored?