35 Quick Summer Activities

Keeping Kids Busy on Long, Hot Summer Days

During the long, hot days of summer nannies don’t need to rely on electronics and video games to entertain the kids. Here are more than one month’s worth of easy activities to do with the kids.

1. Find an object in the house that begins with each letter of the alphabet.

2. Make anything in the kitchen involving the use of measuring cups and rolling pins.

3. Go outside and find something yellow. Who can find the most yellow, green, blue, (or other color), objects?

4. Make homemade play dough by mixing three cups flour, one and a half cups salt, and six teaspoons of cream of tartar, three cups cool water, three tablespoons of oil, and food coloring in a big pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about five minutes. Remove from heat when the dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking. Knead until smooth.

5. Make a scrapbook of animal pictures.

6. Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt. Find things for the sense of touch, things that are smooth, rough, prickly, sharp, hard, soft, dry, wet, and so on.

7. Make little signs to name things in the children’s room. Put them up in their rooms.

8. Play Drip, Drip, Drop. This game is similar to Duck, Duck, Goose, only you play it outside in your bathing suit. Sit in a circle. The player who is “IT” drips one drop of water on the head of the players who he taps when he says, “Drip.” When the leader is ready to choose the next player who will be “IT” he says, “Drop” while dumping a cup of water on the head of the child who will be “IT” next.

9. Go on a nature hike. Collect things and glue them to paper to make a picture.

10. Have kids pretend they are giants. Write a short story about it.

11. Write a fairy tale. Read it to someone younger than you.

12. Plant something outside or help take care of a garden.

13. Have kids imagine that they have an alligator as a pet. Write a story about it.

14. Cut apart the squares of a comic strip. Mix them up. Rearrange them in the correct order and then rearrange them into a funny mixed up story.

15. Have kids video tape their neighborhood in the Summer and to show friends when you go back to school in the Fall.

16. Have the nanny hide little toys in a sandbox so the kids can dig for treasures.

17. Cut out a picture from an old calendar. Cut it into puzzle pieces and then put it back together.

18. Find pictures of objects that when matched make compound words like: horse and shoe or nut and shell.

19. Choose a flower out of the garden, learn everything you can about that flower.

20. Make a bird feeder by rolling a pine cone in peanut butter then in bird seed. Hang in a tree near a window.

21. Put on bathing suits and play outside in the rain. Don’t play outside during thunder storms.

22. Go outside and find three different kinds of leaves. How are they alike and different?

23. Learn which direction is north, south, east, and west. Walk ten steps north and then five steps west. Where are you? Stay out of the street!

24. Draw a map of the backyard and make up a pretend treasure, (a small box with a few treats). Hide the treasure and mark the spot on your map. See if your friends can find the treasure using your map.

25. Look for rocks in the neighborhood and make pet rocks.

26. Have kids find out something new about their pet. See if they can teach it one new trick.

27. Help kids make a picture journal of their summer. Each week have them take three or four pictures and put their photos in the journal and write a description about each picture.

28. Have theme days each week. Library day, art day, outside nature day, and cooking day are some fun suggestions.

29. Make kites with your friends out of newspaper.

30. Play the What’s Missing? Game with someone. Find five to ten objects inside the home. Arrange them on a tray. Look at them for five seconds and then cover eyes while your nanny takes one of the items away. Can you and your friends guess what is missing?

31. Cut out food pictures from magazines. Make four category cards: Dairy Products, Meat, Fruit and Vegetable, and Bread and Cereal. Arrange the pictures under the correct category.

32. Measure things in the house and record the results.

33. Play the Direction Game. Have someone tell you three directions and see if you can do them correctly and in the right order. For example: Clap your hands five times, then look out the window, and write your name on a piece of paper.

34. Make up some bubble solution and find some objects around the house to blow bubbles with, try some unique things using straws, string, and other objects.

35. Have the kids write a letter to a former teacher to tell her what you liked best about being a student in her class and what you did this summer.

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