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10 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

10 Fun summer activities for kids.

10 Fun summer activities for kids.

10 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Summer weather is here in San Diego even though there is still more than a month of spring left on the calendar. Whether you’re basking in sunshine or dreaming of warmer days, these 10 fun summer activities for kids will get you ready for summer break.

Painting with Nature

What can you do with all those pinecones and leaves your child collects while playing outside? Use them as natural paintbrushes to create art!

nature painting

 

Painting with Ice Cubes

Winter and summer are a great time to use ice in sensory projects. Today we’re combining a sensory art activity with color science in this ice cube painting craft for kids. It also makes a great last minute boredom buster for kids because you probably already have the supplies you need for this project in your kitchen!

ice cube painting

 

Tin Can Basketball Game

Play a game of basketball in your own backyard with recycled and found materials. Kids not only get to play the game, but they also get to build their basketball hoop and paint the basketball!

basketball

 

Traveling Water Science

Rainbows always make me think of spring but this activity can be done year round. Make a pretty rainbow with this fun science experiment.

traveling water rainbow

 

Tin Can Golf Game

Play a game of golf in your own backyard with recycled and found materials. Kids not only get to play the game, but they also get to build their golf course and clubs from scratch! Tin can golf is a good activity for a playdate, siblings, or have a family golf tournament. Use smaller tin cans for a higher level of difficulty and larger tin cans for an easier game of golf.

golf

 

Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk

“It’s so hot we could fry an egg on the sidewalk!” I know I’ve heard this growing up but guess what? I’ve never tried to fry an egg on the sidewalk on a hot summer day. Not only have I not tried this summer science experiment, I haven’t seen anyone else try it either. Which got me thinking…can you really fry an egg on a sidewalk with only the heat from the sun?

egg

 

Sunshine Crayon Melting

Broken crayons happen. You can melt them into something new using the heat from the sun! The sun during a hot summer day has the power to fry an egg on the sidewalk, change solid water into liquid, and even melt pieces of crayons. Using just a few tool you can recycle the old unused crayons into new shapes. The shapes can be a rainbow of colors or solid, and make great new crayons. Use this diy project as a lesson in how the sun heats the earth!

melted crayons

 

Sand Castle City

Designing and building a sand castle city while playing at the beach makes a fun learning activity on a warm afternoon. Together, kids can decide what they want their city to look like, which buildings will be included, and where roads will lead. They can draw a plan on paper or just head to the beach and design as they build!

sandcastle

 

Hobbit House Mini-Garden

Growing seeds with kiddos can be so much fun. In this activity, the chia seeds grow so quickly that children stay involved in the process and don’t lose interest. Adding a little magic and whimsy by making it into a hobbit hole ignites the imaginations of tiny gardeners.

 

Caution Cone Zone Craft

Easy recycled bottle craft for indoor or outdoor play. Kids can use these cones when they’re outside riding their bicycles or scooters. Make an obstacle course, create a one-way riding circle, or warn others of areas they can’t ride. This is a great recycled craft for anytime you’d like to show kids that they need to watch out for a cone zone!

 

Be on the look out for our summer science subscription box series. Details to come! Have a fun summer!

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