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13 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Summer break is upon us! Here is a a fun roundup of summer activities for the kids.

View the activities after the jump!


  • Bug Jar 1 of 13
    Bug Jar
    Every kid needs a bug jar for those summer finds. This setup is simple and cute — although we think it'd be better if the kids kept this one on the porch!
    Get the how to at Curly Birds. Photo is courtesy of Lilla A.
  • Rainbow Pops 2 of 13
    Rainbow Pops
    The best way to cool down during a heat wave? Yummy Rainbow Popsicles the whole family will love! These are made by freezing layers of juice.
    Get the recipe via Brooklyn Supper at Babble's The Family Kitchen
  • Water Pinata 3 of 13
    Water Pinata
    Fun and refreshing: a water balloon pinata! We'd take this over a pile of candy on a hot summer's day.
    Get the instructions at Ziggity Zoom
  • Lemonade Stand 4 of 13
    Lemonade Stand
    Selling lemonade is a nostalgic summer activity... and enterprising! Even if kids don't make any money, chances are they'll be well-hydrated — and you can keep the stand for play for years to come.
    Find the Vintage Lemonade Stand Tutorial at Lil' Luna
  • Sponge Balls 5 of 13
    Sponge Balls
    Spend an afternoon crafting these sponge balls — then test them out outside! Use them for catch or Duck, Duck, Goose.
    Click to see the tutorial at One Charming Party
  • Bubble Painting 6 of 13
    Bubble Painting
    A different kind of art! Bubble painting will keep your kids occupied for hours. This activity is best for older kids.
    Get the full instructions at Meet the Dubiens
  • Boats 7 of 13
    Boats
    Simple boats make simple fun. Use up your paper scraps to make it green!
    Find the graphic via Daniel Johnson-Kim
  • Friendship Bracelets 8 of 13
    Friendship Bracelets
    Summer makes me think of camp and friendship bracelets! This craft is practically a summertime rite of passage.
    See the friendship bracelet tutorial from A Little Bit of This and That
  • Slime 9 of 13
    Slime
    What kid doesn't like a little slime? Making this would be a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
    See the slime recipe at Run Lucas Run
  • Glow Jars 10 of 13
    Glow Jars
    No fireflies around? Make a glow stick lantern for some nighttime fun. Perfect for little ones who are afraid of the dark!
    See the "how to" at Lil Blue Boo
  • Rainbow Wedges 11 of 13
    Rainbow Wedges
    A colorful treat using gelatin and oranges! Make this cool treat for a special afternoon snack.
    Read the instructions at Quick Dish by Tablespoon
  • Bird Feeder 12 of 13
    Bird Feeder
    Bring on the birdies with a fun homemade bird feeder! See which birds you can spot in the backyard.
    Find the instructions at Pink Pistachio
  • Fine Art 13 of 13
    Fine Art
    Make some artwork with the kiddos! (And make sure you have a couple of old shirts you're willing to get dirty.)
    See all the tips for getting "fine art" out of it at Lil Blue Boo

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