Fun things to do with kids at home this summer - What Katy Said

Fun things to do with kids at home this summer

Inside: 20 fun things to do with the kids at home this summer.

The past 4 months have seen homes turned into schools while parents have had to take over the role of the teacher during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The weeks have seemed endless and many people have given up on schooling already. But with many places still being closed and families not being able to socialise as they normally would, the question is, what are we going to do with the kids all summer?

I for one and longing for the summer holidays so that the pressure of homeschooling is completely removed. The last few months have been stressful and although we have been at home all together during this time we haven’t been able to enjoy the time as much as we could have.

So, with the summer holidays just around the corner, I wanted to get organised and have a list of activities to turn to for the 6 weeks before the kids start back (in whatever form that is) in September.

Fun things to do with kids at home

I wanted to create a post that would cover different interests, different ages and different weather conditions. Hopefully, you will find everything you need to have the best summer ever!

Indoor activities for kids

Whether you are turning your living room into a cinema or building a den under the dining room table, I hope there are plenty of ideas to help you out of those days you are indoors.

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Rocking painting has been a huge trend these past few years and shows no signs of waning. During lockdown, each town has been making trails to add rocks to and they are just so lovely. Find some great rock painting designs here.

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The Summer Reading Challenge is something we have done every single year for the past 4 years. If your kids love reading then you should look into signing up via your local library. See what they offer with a look at the 2018 reading challenge from The Gingerbread House.

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Paper mache may not be on the top of your to do list but it is such a fun craft and can result in making some useful things! I love these Paper Mache bowls from Teaching ideas with step by step instructions and photos.

Family fun

This summer will bring a lot of staycations as well as lots of family time at weekends. Here are a few fun activities you can enjoy as a whole family.

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Everyone loves a movie night and these mermaid popcorn holders would be fab to sit and make together before enjoying the popcorn and movie!

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With temperatures set to soar again this summer, keeping cool will be top priority. Games make everything better so cool down with these water balloon pinatas as a family.

Outdoor fun

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With water parks set to be closed, you might want to make your own. Here is a great way to create a water slide in your back garden.

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What about growing your own Grass Head? I used to do this all the time as a kid and I loved it. Best bit was always giving it a haircut!

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Using nature as part of creative play is always fun. Why not use leaves to do some leaf crafts with the kids?

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Ever since we watched The Greatest Showman, my kids have wanted to make tin can lanterns. They love how the light spills out of the drilled holes to light up the walls. Best of all, you are using recycled materials to create them!

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If you’ve plenty of tins you might want to make some tin can stilts too! Kids love them and they are great for developing gross motor skills.

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Another way to get them active is to create a chalk obstacle course on the pavement. Simple but so much fun!

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My kids love fairy wings so I am going to try these! Use cardboard to make the wings and then use bits and bobs from nature to decorate them!

Ideas for little ones

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If yours are anything like mind then playdough soon gets dropped on the floor and covered in fluff. I resent buying it all the time so prefer to make my own. Here is an easy homemade playdough recipe for you.

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Have you ever made a sensory bin for your little one? Why not try this lemon sensory activity on a hot summers day and see how they react.

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Another fab sensory activity is using frozen paint. Again, so simple but so much fun!

A really fun activity for little ones is to take some of their small world toys (we used dinosaurs) and freeze them in ice. Keeps them busy for ages!

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Water play has to be the best activity for little ones – it keeps them busy for hours. I love the idea of making boats from sponges – they will love it too!

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Another sensory idea and one I’ve not tried before is rainbow foam. Such a simple recipe but they will get so much from it!

Ideas for older kids

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If you’ve never done tie dye then you’ve never lived! I think everyone in lockdown has done it according to Facebook! It is such a great activity and can create some fantastic designs.

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If your kids love to read then why not get them to make their own bookmark. These are a little trickier than a traditional bookmark so are fun for older ones.

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We’ve made quite a few friendship bracelets using this tutorial and they are great! Perfect to make for each other or to gift to friends.

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My eldest loves a word search. Why not print out this summer word search and see if they can find all of the words!

Science experiments

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I REALLY want to try sun printing! It looks so cool. Basically you let the sun bleach the paper around your chosen objects to leave a ‘shadow’ underneath. So good!

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Another similar idea but this time it is suncream painting. Instead of putting objects in the way, you teach the power of suncream!

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I have never seen a solar oven before but it looks fascinating – I think my kids will love it! Have you tried it before?


I hope that has given you some ideas for things to do over the next few weeks. I’d love to know if you try any of them!

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