It's the first day of the school vacation and by 9 am the kids are uttering those words that are sure to drive every parent crazy - "I'm bored" or "Can I have the tablet NOW!". The sun is out and really sitting glued to the TV and screen inside is exactly what you don't want them to be doing this early in the holiday. So to help you out we've got some fantastic fun ideas for Screen Free Summer activities for kids of multiple ages that you and they are sure to love.
No or Low Prep Screen-Free Activities for Summer
Create a giant spiders web in the garden with a ball of yarn - a lot of fun and see the co-operation between siblings and friends to make it together. Just provide the yarn!
Some sidewalk chalks and a driveway or patio - the perfect way to keep kids occupied for hours - check out our simple suggestions from some easy summer fun using chalks.
Go on a nature walk and make a nature journal and table.
Build a wormery our of materials from the junk modelling box
Get some equipment and create your own Nature Study Kit, keep it in a backpack and then the kids can explore and investigate the natural world all summer long.
Art and Crafts for Summer Fun
One of our favourite and such a classic Summer Craft is to make Tie Dye T-shirts, so easy and the kids love wearing them throughout the year.
Another classic - make some tin can lanterns check out our top tip that makes it possible to make them even with toddlers and preschoolers.
Make your own wind chime with finds from a beach or nature walk.
Make a ribbon rocket like this one from Teach Beside me - you could spend some time decorating them and then race them against another pair to see who gets their rocket to the other end the quickest.
Kids fed up with the water soakers (as if!) or it's a little cold to get completely soaked then try Water Soaker Painting like this idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Keep cool while having fun with this junk modelling box water wall from Adventures with Adam.
Have younger kids then organise a toddler sports day - great in the lead up to the commonwealth games this summer.
Although this is our annual end of school party it would work for any day - host a water balloon fight party.
Create Water Soaker Sponges from Come Together Kids - this has been on my to do list for 3 summers now and still not got around to making them, however I know that this will be the year and how much fun the kids will have with them.
Go out for the day
Head to the shore and go rock pooling check out or top tips for rock pooling with the kids.
The beach is another favourite of ours - it doesn't matter how old you are you are bound to enjoy it and we have tips for getting toddlers to the beach, learning at the beach for older kids and even your family beach essentials.