29 Sensational Summer Boredom Busters

Activities for children which are fun things to do during summer vacation.  These boredom busters include crafts, games, printables for kids, outdoor and indoor activities, as well as educational activities.  No need for your kids to be bored during Summer vacation.  Go through this list of fun things to do that are guaranteed to keep them busy throughout the remainder of summer vacation.

Sensational Summer Boredom Busters

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Summer Boredom Busters

Watermelon Play Dough

1.  Watermelon Play Dough ~ If you’re looking for a way to bake with the kids minus a blazing hot oven, then you’ll love this activity for kids.  You can use watermelon extract or oil to scent the playdoh.

Melted Marshmallow Paint

2.  Melted Marshmallow Paint ~ Creating the colors of the rainbow is enough to brighten up any day! Try making this watercolor paint with marshmallows, corn syrup and food coloring.

Rainbow Loom Jewelry Without the Loom

3.  Rainbow Loom Jewelry Without the Loom ~ Rainbow looms are so popular with the kids these days.  This tutorial shows you how to make jewelry without having to purchase the loom.  

Summer Punch Cards

4.  Summer Punch Cards ~ The Summer is flying by and will be over before we know it.  If you are still looking for things to do with the kids, download and print these FREE Summer punch cards with Summer Activities for Kids.  

End of School Party

5.  DIY Ice Cream Truck ~ How about starting the summer off with an ice cream party? Entertain the kids with ice cream crafts, an ice cream bar and a cherry guessing game. An awesome homemade ice cream truck and an ice cream cone lined walk way should round out the decorations. Just add hungry kids.

6.  Ice Cream Sundae Piñata ~  I’m in love with this ice cream sundae piñata idea.  Not only is it totally original, the piñata only takes 30 minutes to make and it’s adorable.  How cool would it be to surprise everyone on the first day of summer with a frozen piñata with ice cream sundae fixings?

Activities for Children

7.  Lemonade Stand ~ “Keep Calm and Drink Lemonade”, this lemonade stand is so stink in’ cute! Fabric bunting banner, ruffled table cloth, and two adorable children…it can’t get any better than this!  Oh wait, it can, the printables are free downloads.

Summer Fort

8.  Summer Fort ~ Keep your kids entertained with this summer fort idea.  It’s a creative way to get your kids outside and using their imaginations.

Summer Inspired Sewing Cards

9.  Summer Inspired Sewing Cards Keep little fingers busy while practicing fine motor skills with this easy craft Summer Sewing Cards.  Kids will love to sew their own projects.

Duct Tape Wallet {tutorial}

10.  Duct Tape Wallet {tutorial} ~ This easy duct tape wallet is the perfect kids wallet because the pattern is simple.  It’s a fun craft for both boys and girls.  Mix up patterns and colors for a customized wallet!

Perler Bead Headband

11.  Perler Bead Headband ~ Learn how to make hair accessories from perler beads.  They’re so cute you’re child will want to wear them!  {{wink}}

Nature Scavenger Hunt {free printable}

12.  Nature Scavenger Hunt {free printable} ~ This game is a great learning tool for the kids that helps them interact with their surroundings. They’ll have a ball searching high and low for all the goodies on their list! 

DIY Tic Tac Toe

13.  DIY Tic Tac Toe ~ Kid’s love playing tic tac toe and what better way than with outdoor elements.  A tree stump is perfect for the base and river rocks for the markers.  You’ll children will love painting them.

DIY Butterfly Net

14.  DIY Butterfly Net ~ Learn how to make a butterfly net using an embroidery hoop, ribbons and netting.  You child will be chasing butterflies in no time!

DIY Bubbles

15.  Homemade Bubbles {Summer Fun} ~ Check out this homemade bubble recipe! Who knew that you could make bubble using things you probably currently have in your kitchen! Your little one will love helping to make them as well as play with the final product!

Homemade Chalk Spray

16.  Homemade Chalk Spray ~ Using a mixture of tempura paint, cornstarch, dishwashing liquid and hot water you can have fun with chalk in a spray bottle.

Sandcastle Chalk Drawing

17.  Sandcastle Chalk Drawing ~ You don’t need the sand to make a sandcastle.  Instead, draw one on the driveway. 

DIY Sand Dough

18.  DIY Sand Dough ~ Make this 5 minute dough recipe from easy ingredients, and your kids can build a sand castle and sea animals that will air dry hard! They can keep their little sand castles forever! This is a great (and free!) souvenir from a vacation. Bring a little sand home with you, make the dough, let your kids make a castle, and it will dry hard for them to keep and remember their vacation forever!

Our Summer Jar

19.  Our Summer Jar ~ Make this summer jar and fill it with activities both you and the kids will enjoy. Have a summer making memories with the kids!

Summer Bucket List {free printables}

20.  Summer Bucket List {free printable} ~  Summer is here and it’s time to let your hair down, and these 50 Fun Summer Bucket List Ideas are sure to make your summer filled with tons of laughter, fun and smiles! Everyone in the family can join in on the fun!


21.  18 Outdoor Activities with Kids ~ You and your kids will have so much fun with these 18 Outdoor Activities with Kids Perfect for Summer or Spring Break (if you live where it’s warm), which include relay races, kids games, outdoor activities, outdoor party games, and fun game signs to go along with each children’s activities!

Summer Activities for Kids

22.  DIY Water Blob ~ The ultimate water toy for kids.   It’s made from two pieces of plastic sheeting sized 9’x12’ and duct tape.

Tie Dye Beach Towels

23.  Tie Dye Beach Towels ~ A fun way to transform plain white towels is to tie dye them.  This post shows you blue color combinations, but you can easily change up the color combinations to your liking.

Water Gun Target Practice

24.  Water Gun Target Practice ~ Save up your empty soda cans for a quick activity, Water Gun Target Practice.  

Summer Treats

Strawberry Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

25.  Strawberry Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles ~  Set out the supplies for the popsicles early in the day and let the kids construct their own delicious and healthy combinations.  

Tie Dyed Rice Krispie Treats

26.  Tie Dyed Rice Krispie Treats ~ Turn a traditional kids treat into a cool tie dyed treat using vanilla syrup and gel food coloring.

27.  Watermelon Fudge ~ I adore this out of the box fudge idea.  How colorful and fun!  And, you can eat it.  It’’s taken chocolate fudge to a whole new level.

Kool Aid Slurpee

28.  Homemade Slurpees Using Kool-Aid ~ Slurpees are a favorite treat during the hot Summer.  This recipe has a great money saving tip.  Making your own at home is simple and the kids will love it!

30 Second Ice Cream Sandwiches

29.  30 Second Ice Cream Sandwiches ~ If you are wanting a quick treat for your kiddos this summer, or are having a party, I highly recommend trying these easy, peasy ice cream sandwiches. You can serve them right away, or prepare them ahead of time and freeze them until the event. They are so easy that the kids can even make their own. Double score!

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring our Watermelon Play Dough!!! 🙂

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