35 Easy Summer Activities to Keep Kids Entertained

Bubbles to the rescue!

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Steven Giralt

Whining? Not in your house. Keep the kids busy (and happy) with these easy-prep games, crafts, and recipes. You know what that means: This summer will be a breeze, giving you more time to relax with a fruity cocktail in hand.

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grow n' glow terrarium
Creativity for Kids
Grow N' Glow Terrarium


Bring the outside inside, especially on the rainiest of days. But wait, there's more: This DIY terrarium takes things up a notch when the sun goes down.

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Flickin' Chicken
Flickin' Chicken
Flickin' Chicken


What happens when you turn rubber chickens into a game of mini golf?! Pure fun.

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Chalkscapes Mandala Stencils


Sidewalk chalk is already a classic summer activity. These mandala stencils take things to the next level.

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Courtesy of Amazon
Star Toss


A GolfHr Institute favorite, Star Toss makes the classic game of horseshoes more accessible for kids ages 6+. The best part? It can be played in the backyard and on the beach.

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Frisbee Golf


Is it really even summer if you don't have frisbee golf set up in the backyard?

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Target Action Game


This fun game is a sneaky way to get the kids to practice their math skills, even when school's not in session.

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Scratch Art Bookmarks


Spend the morning making these creative bookmarks, and spend the afternoon at the library where the kids can pick out their summer reads.

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Courtesy of Amazon
Stomp Rocket Ultra


The GolfHr Institute gives these foot-controlled, foam-tipped rockets their stamp of approval. Plus, they're pretty much guaranteed to keep your kids out in the backyard for an afternoon.

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Courtesy of Amazon
Spike Ball


Ask your teen about this volleyball-four-square hybrid, and they'll be shocked you're so in the know. Even better if you surprise them with it!

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WATCH: Nostalgia Chocolate Candy Bar Maker


Your kids are going to freak out over this gadget that lets you make your own candy bars.

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Courtesy of Amazon
Incredibubble Wand


Perfect for kids ages 3+, the GolfHr Institute found this to be a hit with toddlers since it's easy for little hands to maneuver. Bonus: It makes outrageously big bubbles.

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Steven Giralt
Critter Crudités

Combining snack time with a cute craft is pretty much the biggest parenting win in the book.

Get the recipe for Critter Crudités »

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Ultimate Metallic Blue Slime

Slime is everywhere these days. You can switch up the color — try and ! — for something a little more summery.

Get the tutorial for Ultimate Metallic Blue Slime »

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Kate Bennis
Crepe Paper Bouquet

It's amazing what a simple , some and can do — summer blooms come and go but these paper bouquets are forever.

Get the tutorial for Crepe Paper Bouquet »

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squirt gun painting 
Courtesy of Fireflies and Mudpies
Squirt Gun Painting

This art project may turn into an epic water gun fight but don't worry, that's why washable paint exists.

What you'll need: squirt guns ($5 for two, ), liquid watercolors ($11, ), watercolor paper ($11, ), easel ($39, )

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sidewalk splat painting
Courtesy of Growing a Jeweled Rose
Sidewalk Splat Painting

The driveway is simply a canvas for neon artwork (and a playground for little ones).

What you'll need: water balloons ($8, ), liquid watercolors ($24, )

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watermelon tie dye beach towel 
Courtesy of Having Fun at Home
Watermelon Tie Dye Beach Towel

Start planning your beach trip because these DIY towels need to make their debut ASAP.

What you'll need: white towel ($34 for four, ), powder dye ($6, )

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Ice Cream in a Bag

Toss all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag, make sure it's totally sealed, and hand it over to the kids. They can shake it for about 10 minutes and then — voila — ice cream for everyone!

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Courtesy of Childhood 101
Bubble Blower Painting

Blowing bubbles and painting are two fun summer activities the kids already love. Why not combine them?

What you'll need: bubble wands ($7, ), bubble solution ($9, ), food coloring ($5, )

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Courtesy of Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten
Pool Noodle Stacking

Help little ones work on their fine motor skills by playing with no-mess pool noodles.

What you'll need: pool noodles ($11 for four, )

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Courtesy of Busy Toddler
Ice Painting

Our favorite activities on hot summer days are ones that involve ice. Your toddler will be totally fascinated.

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Courtesy of Little Bins for Little Hands
Watermelon Volcano

Put a summertime twist on the classic baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano by using a watermelon as the base!

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Oh Crafts
Fingerprint Painting Pineapple

Since virtually every painting project turns into a craft, you might as well set them up with a cute thumb-print pineapple.

What you'll need: finger paint ($11, )

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Moon Sand

This three-ingredient "sand" — made with , , and — is super soft, moldable and long-lasting. Just be sure to put down a plastic sheet (it's messy!) before you let the kids have at it.

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The Idea Room
Marshmallow Buildings

Encourage budding architects to shoot for skyscraper heights with only two materials — and .

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Paper and Glue
Treasure Rocks

This project is a two-in-one — kids have to scavenge for rocks before the phase.

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Elisabeth McKnight
Personal S'more Pots

No fire pit? No problem. Line with foil and charcoal and set up individual s'more roasting stations.

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fruit n yogurt swirl pops
Con Poulos
Fruit & Yogurt Swirl Pops

These so-sweet bars get their classic shape from and their creaminess from vanilla yogurt.

Get the recipe for Fruit and Yogurt Swirl Pops »

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diy bouncy balls 
Kate Bennis
DIY Bouncy Balls

Pro tip: After making your bouncy balls, let them sit 10 to 20 minutes before trying them out — they'll bounce higher!

Get the tutorial for DIY Bouncy Balls»

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star crystals 
One Little Project
Star Crystals

These pipe-cleaner stars are sure to wow kids — just be sure to make it clear that they're not rock candy! And reminder: Whenever working with Borax, do an allergy test and keep an eye on young kids.

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