Summer break is just around the corner. Are you looking for ways to keep your kids entertained and engaged? With all the extra free time at home, summer is a great time to learn through play. From outdoor adventures to indoor projects, these summer activities are sure to spark curiosity in your kids this summer.
If you’re stuck at home looking for a hands-on activity for kids, a scavenger hunt outside is the perfect option! This fun activity gets kids moving as they search for a location that has another clue waiting! A toy or treat waits at the final spot. Scavenger hunts empower kids to complete a task independently and learn how to follow steps in order. The scavenger hunt can be as simple as asking all participants to find items like a flower, leaf and a rock in the park or backyard.
Summer reading challenges are an engaging way to get your kids to read by offering them rewards. Talk with your kids and choose a number of books that they want to read by the end of summer. Whether the reading is done on their own or maybe an adult, this challenge allows kids to associate reading with positive rewards and hopefully lead to a lifetime love of reading.
The sidewalk scribble add-on is the perfect summer spinoff to the classic scribble add-on activity. One person begins the game by drawing a scribble on the sidewalk. Each person in the group adds something to the scribble and passes it to the next person until a picture forms!
Set up an age-appropriate obstacle course in your backyard for a great physical activity that also promotes curiosity in your kids. Obstacle courses can help develop sensory processing and problem-solving skills. Get creative – anything from pool noodles to trampolines can be used for an obstacle course.
Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver, these activities will inspire kids to ask questions, make connections, and explore the world around them.