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100+ EPIC Summer Activities for Kids

Whether you are planning your summer bucket list ideas ahead of time or looking for last-minute summer activities for kids to try right now, we’ve over 100 EPIC summer camp activities for kids. He have summer fun for kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade. and up. Whether you are looking for cute¬†summer crafts, engaging preschool summer activities, super cool¬† summer science,¬†or summer activities for toddlers – we’ve got you covered! Plus you can grab our summer bucket list printable to keep on hand and check off the¬†fun summer activities you’ve tried.
Whether you are planning your summer bucket list ideas ahead of time or looking for last-minute summer activities for kids to try right now, we've over 100 EPIC summer camp activities for kids. He have summer fun for kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade. and up. Whether you are looking for cute summer crafts, engaging preschool summer activities, super cool  summer science, or summer activities for toddlers - we've got you covered! Plus you can grab our summer bucket list printable to keep on hand and check off the fun summer activities you've tried.

Summer Activities for Kids

The key to having a fun, memory-filled summer is to intentionally plan it! If you don’t make time for and and plan for some summer activities for kids, it will slip by and before you know it, its back to school time already! Here are over 107 fun summer activites to try with your toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and elementary age students to make childhood memories of summer fun that will last a lifetime! Now, I‚Äôm not talking about planning every minute or over scheduling kids. What I mean is take a peak at these¬†summer buket list ideas and add them to your Summer Bucket List by using our ¬†printable summer activity list at the bottom of the post if you like and start penciling them in on your calendar. These preschool summer activities are sure to be fun not only for the kids, but the whole family!

Summer Activities for Toddlers

Summer Activities for Toddlers

Toddlers (and older kids!) will love all these fun, memorable, summer  activities. Keep little ones busy or find activities for the whole family to do together, including your toddler, this summer.

  • Make some giant bubbles.
    Use this homemade bubble solution for making GIANT bubbles from 123 Homeschool 4 me
  • Make a backyard obstacle course.
    This pool noodle obstacle course from Learn Play Imagine is perfect for getting little ones moving.
  • Draw with fizzy frozen sidewalk chalk!
    Toddlers will love this EASY, Vibrant Sidewalk Chalk Paint for Kids
  • Set up some sand play.
    Try this taste safe play sand recipe from Fun A Day, or this beach themed sensory play from Buggy and Buddy.
  • Try some frozen painting.
    This frozen paint summer activity from 123 Homeschool 4 me is a great summer sensory and art activity for toddlers and older kids.
  • Make a bubble snake.
    Kids will be amazed at the l-o-n-g colorful bubble snakes they can make with this easy activity
  • Make some ice cream playdough.
    This Ice Cream Edible Playdough from 123 Homeschool 4 Me is perfect for little ones!
  • Get out some water play.
    Try one of these easy water play ideas from  Picklebums, they are sure to be a hit with toddlers and older kids.
  • Make some Kool Aid playdough.
    This simple Kool Aid playdough recipe from 123 Homeschool 4 Me works great for lots of fun playdough activities and it smells lovely too.
  • Make a summer themed sensory bag.
    Sensory bags are such a great, low-mess, activity. Try this ocean sensory bag from Homeschool Preschool, or this Squish Bag Watermelon Activities for Preschoolers

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WOW your kids with this Watermelon Volcano! This summer activity for kids is a great way to sneak in a science experient. Nothing says summer like a big, juicy watermelon! This watermelon slime is an delightful summer activity for kids! Whether you are planning watermelon activities for a watermelon theme, National Watermelon Day on August 3rd, along with The Watermelon Seed book, or just as really fun slime recipe for kids. These waterelon activities for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergarnters, grade 1, and grade 2 students is sure to be a hit! Nothing says summer like a big juicy watermelon! We whipped up a bath of this gorgeous watermelon playdough for our upcoming watermelon theme! This homemade playdoh recipe is super easy-to-make, soft, and such a fun watermelon activity! Use this summer activities for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students.

Watermelon Activities

Looking for more watermelon activity ideas or two to make a week long watermelon theme or dive into the letter w is for watermelon? You will love these fun activities and free printables:

Preschool Summer Activities

Preschool Summer Activities

Keep your preschooler busy all summer long with these awesome summer  ideas and activities for preschoolers. Big brothers and sisters will also love these simple summery ideas for kids.

Looking for really fun beach activities for kids? This sand volcano is not only a really cool thing to do on your summer vacation, but a fun summer science experiment too. This volcano experiment is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too.  This summer activities for kids is super quick and easy with NO clean-up. Ice Cream Volcano Summer Science Experiment for kids ocean density tower summer experiment Looking for quick and easy magnet experiments for kids? This magnetic field sensory bottle allows toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders to explore magnets for kids in a playful way. Kids will be amazed at the power of magnets in this magnet game for kids. This is such a fun science activity for children to explore magnet science experimensts. 

Fun Summer Activities

Fun Summer Activities

These awesome activities to do during summer vacation are perfect for kids of all ages. There are enough ideas for June, July and August to make you wish you didn’t have to go back to school!

For even more summer activities for kids, check out these awesome June activities for kids.

Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos! Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. The goal of an amazing science experiment for kids is to grab kids attention and make them wonder why did that happen, how could that work, and I want to try that! This leak proof bag is such a simple science experiment for kids that explores polymers. What's best is this amazing science experiment with everyday materials! Try this water experiment with kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc.

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

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Summer crafts for Kids

There are so many awesome summer crafts to choose from, you won’t know which one to try first! Add your favourite summer crafts to your bucket list so you don’t miss doing any of these awesome summer themed art and craft ideas.

Tin Foil Art Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike. This beautiful butterfly craft for kids helpds kids explore science by making stunning chromatography butterflies! This easy butterfly craft is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Besides creating a fun butterfly craft idea, you will learn about chromatography for kids. This is a fun coffee fitler craft, spring science experiment or summer activity for kids! Even your reluctant learner will get excited to try this easy science experiment where you will product a HUGE erruption! In this classic Mentos and Soda Experiment you will mix a couple simple materials to produce a chemical reaction. This mentos in Coke project is a MUST TRY for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Even adults love trying the coke and mentos experiment. Don't worry, we'll give you the diet coke and mentos experiment results explained so you get all the learning out of this fun summer activity for kids!

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Summer Learning

The kids won’t even know they are learning with these super fun summer science, summer math, and summer language activities. Beat the summer slide with these fun learning activities.

  • Grow a Grass Friend.
    Growing these silly grass heads from 123 Homeschool 4 Me is a fun summer science activity.
  • Make some sand slime!
    Learn about polymers while making this super simple Sand Slime from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt!
    Try this awesome summer scavenger hunt from 123 Homeschool for me, or try one of these epic scavenger hunts for kids.
  • Make some aqua sand.
    Follow these instructions to make your own epic Aqua Sand from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
  • Do an ice letter hunt.
    This ice letter hunt from Reading Confetti is a great way to practice letter recognition.
  • Make some magical color changing flowers.
    This fun flower science experiment from Kindergarten Worksheets and Games is a must do for summer learning.
  • Do some science with water balloons!
    Try this cool water balloon science experiment from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
  • Grow plants from scraps.
    Follow these instructions to regrow celery from Housing a Forest and grow your own salad.
  • Make exploding paint bombs!
    This exploding paint bombs activity from Kids Activities Blog combines science and art in a super fun way!
  • Do some pop rocks science!
    The kids will go nuts over this cool pop rocks science experiment from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
  • Grow your own crystals.
    Follow these instructions to grow your own crystals from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
  • Practice patterning with ice cream cones!
    This fun free ice cream patterning printable from Preschool Play and Learn is a great way to work on math skills this summer.
  • Try a word search puzzle.
    These summer word search printables from Organized 31 will keep the kids busy.

Your kids love mazes, but they've never seen something as incredibly COOL as this  maze potato! This potato maze will blow kids away as they watch potatoes grow, learn about plants and their need to head towards the light. This plant activity for kids is perfect for spring or summer learning. All you need to try stem activities are a few items you probabaly have around the house to try this plant experiments for kids from preschool, kindergarten, pre-k, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too!water pollution for kids science experiment with celery  There are certain science projects that make you go WOW! This color changing flower activity is one of those! Children learn about capillary action for kids with this amazing, colorful flower experiment. Try this colour changing flower experiment with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and 4th garders too. Simply print pdf file with food coloring flower experiment worksheet and you are ready to play and learn with flower science! Are you learning about plants with your kids? Most children learn about plant life cycles and sprout a seed, but this photosynthesis experiment allows students to learn about photosynthesis for kids is a very simple, easy plant experiment. This photosynthesis activity is fun for all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and up.

Plant Activities for Kindergarten

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Summer Bucket List Ideas

These summer ideas and activities are perfect to add to your summer bucket list for kids. There are lots of traditional summer bucket list ideas that the whole family will love, as well as some super fun, summer activities to add some new ideas to your summer bucket list.

  • Have a water balloon fight!
    Try playing thiswater balloon toss game from Love Play and Learn
  • Catch Fireflies!
    Try these chasing fireflies tips from Fireflies and Mudpies.
  • Have a Family Pillow Fight.
    This is a great activity for a rainy summer day, or for a summer sleepover!
  • Build a fort.
    Build a for with sticks, pillows, or try these fort building ideas from Picklebums.
  • Play waterblob twister!
    Turn regular twister into water blob twister like Paging Fun Mums for the perfect outdoor summer game!
  • Do some stargazing.
    Use this free printable constellation mini book to learn all about the stars, or have fun making some pipe cleaner constellations from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
  • Watch the sun rise.
    Get up super early and pack a breakfast picnic, you could even make this sunrise juice from Three Little Ferns as a special treat.
  • Fly a Kite.
    if you don’t have a kite you could use these instructions to make a kite from Buggy and Buddy.
  • Make root beer floats.
    You could even try making these root beer float popsicles from Happiness is Homemade.
  • Explode a Watermelon!
    The kids will love this cool Exploding Watermelon Science Experiment  from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
  • Set up a slip n slide!
    Or go one step further and make this ultimate slip n slide DIY water park from Pintsized Treasures.
  • Watch some fireworks.
    Take the family to watch the 4th of July fireworks. You might like to try this fireworks craft from 123 Homeschool 4 Me too.
  • Make popcorn and have a movie night.
    Try one of these easy flavored popcorn recipes from picklebums for a special summer movie treat.
  • Go camping in your backyard!
    These backyard camping tips from Take Them Outside will help you make backyard, or inside, camping lots of fun.
  • Do some random acts of kindness.
    Use this summer kindness bucket list from Coffee and Carpool to encourage your kids to be kind this summer.
  • Make smores!
    Try one of these awesome smores recipes from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.

Kids will enjoy exploring the state park or campground with this free printable camping scavenger hunt. This camping scavenger hunt for kids will have children searching for different shaped items such as a flashlight, tent, campfire, and more. This free printable scavenger hunt is fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students as it contains not only the name, but a cute picture too.  Simply download camping scavenger hunt printable pdf file with camping activity for kids in color or black and white and you are ready to play!Kids are going to love this really fun Frozen Rainbow Eruptions science activity where kids will make beautiful rainbows as they create a chemical reaction! This baking soda and vinegar experiment! This rainbow activities for preschoolers usese a couple simple materials for a mesmerizing, colorful preschool summer activity! Use this rainbow science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. Nothing says summer like water balloon games!  They are cheap, quick, FUN, and a great way to cool off on a warm summer day! Bug if your kids are tired of playing balloon toss, let us help you take your water balloon activities to a new level of summer activities for kids with these fun games to play with water balloons. These fun water balloon games are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students! Protecting your skin from the sun's UV rays may be a hard, abstract concept for kids to understand... at least until they get a sunburn. This simple sunscreen experiment allows kids to learn about the importance of using sunscreen this summer. This summer science is perfect for all ages from kindergartner, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders. All you need are a few simple materials to try this sunscreen construction paper experiment.

Fun Summer Activities at Home

There are so many fun ways to play and teach kids about chemical reactions using a baking soda and vinegar reaction. Here are some of our favorite baking soda and vinegar activities.

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Fun Things to do in the Summer

These summer field trips and outings are the perfect family trips to add to your summer bucket list! From short, local field trips, to longer day trips and even road trips, there is a great summer outing that everyone  in the family will enjoy.

This HUGE list of activities for kids has ideas for kids of all ages whether they like active ideas, cute crafts, educational learning activities, easy science experiments, or anything in between!

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Summer Bucket List

To make sure you don’t miss out on doing your favorite summer activities, grab this free printable summer buckler list planner. Print the list of summer bucket list ideas so you and the kids can¬† choose your the activities you want to try this summer. Put a tick next¬† to your must do summer activities.

Then use the summer bucket list planner page to plan what activities you’ll done, when you’ll do them, and what you need to complete them. You can print of as many copies of the planner page as you need to plan an¬† awesome summer with your kids.

>> FREE Summer Bucket Planning Tools <<

Whether you are planning your summer bucket list ideas ahead of time or looking for last-minute summer activities for kids to try right now, we've over 100 EPIC summer camp activities for kids. He have summer fun for kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade. and up. Whether you are looking for cute summer crafts, engaging preschool summer activities, super cool  summer science, or summer activities for toddlers - we've got you covered! Plus you can grab our summer bucket list printable to keep on hand and check off the fun summer activities you've tried. 

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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  • Hi Beth, this is Susan and I have been looking at all your fun preschool activities as well as pintables and these really come in handy, we are doing a camping and hiking Theme in June and I am super excited that you offer an array of preschool Themes and materials. I just wanted thank you for sharing these materials, I really appreciate all the hard work you put into the these packets and activities, thank you again for sharing your wealth of knowledge and learning resources with me.

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