25 Inexpensive Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is winding down, and I know many families are getting ready for a new school year. Maybe you’re even counting the days until you usher your little ones onto the bus? (No shame in that! We homeschool and even I am counting down the days. I love the structure of school days!) These last few weeks before the new school year begins can feel long. Usually by this time, I’ve used up all my summer fun ideas, so I took to Pinterest this week to find fun things for Ella and Sam. (Technically, it’s winter here in Kenya, but since we can still be outside everyday, it feels like a cool summer.)

I hope you’re able to enjoy a few of these simple, inexpensive, outdoor play ideas as you head toward the end of summer. Let me know in the comments if you try any! For more fun ideas to do with your kids, check out my Kids’ Projects Pinterest Board. Happy last month of summer!


Sponge Ball Tutorial | One Charming Party

DIY Lawn Twister | Apartment Therapy

Yard Tic Tac Toe | A Turtle’s Life for Me

Homemade Plastic Bag Ice Cream | Teach Mama

DIY Pool Noodle Race Track | Ramblings from Utopia

Rainbow Ice Cube Painting | Things to Share & Remember

Pool Noodles Obstacle Course | Toddler Tales

Chalk Letter Games | No Time for Flashcards


Bubble Party | One Charming Party

Edible Candy Necklace | Blondie and Brownies

Painted Animal Rocks | Make Life Lovely

Finger Print Bugs | Kids 4 Crafts

Paper Towel Butterflies | Make It & Love It

Pressing Flowers | Teach Beside Me

Constellation Sidewalk Art | Creekside Learning

DIY Bowling Game | About a Mom

Sidewalk Chalk Paint | The Idea Room

Archery Painting | All Things Thrifty

Squirt Gun Painting | Fireflies + Mud Pies

I Spy Neighborhood Walk | Learn Through Movement

Ice Eggs | Little Learning for Two

Make Your Own Solar Oven | I Can Teach My Child

Ice Volcanoes | Reading Confetti

Dollar Store Carnival Games |Morena’s Corner

Leaf Rubbing Collage | Mama.Papa.Bubba



5 Responses to 25 Inexpensive Summer Activities for Kids

  1. Rachel says:

    This is such a great round up of activities! I’m definitely saving this for later!

  2. Beka says:

    This is a great round up post! I, too, love the structure of fall but I also love the freedom of long summer days. I can’t wait to try out the ice volcano with my little guy. I can already hear his squeals of excitement!

  3. Such a great list of ideas for the summer

  4. Kristen says:

    These are great ideas! My favourites are the pool noodle races, the volcanoes, and the constellations.

  5. Cheyenne says:

    These are great ideas! My kids will love the leaf rubbing one.

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