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.

Boredom Busting Kid Approved Screen Free Ideas for Summer Time Fun


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.

Mix up some bubble mix just like your mum used to and then challenge the kids to blow the biggest bubbles ever just like Science Sparks did.

Go on a nature walk and make a nature journal and table.

Nature Activities

Build a wormery our of materials from the junk modelling box

Put together your own Nature Study kit for the kids this summer and watch as they go screen free and explore the world around them.

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.

Decorate your windows with sun catchers the perfect easy summer craft you could make ladybugs, suns or try our crayon saving version which really catches the light.

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.

Get Active

Have younger kids then organise a toddler sports day – great in the lead up to the commonwealth games this summer.

Keep Cool

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.

Head to the forest and go on a nature walk or even build some dens. How about recreating the Gruffalo or going on a bear hunt whilst you are there.


Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

One Comment

  1. Over the moon that Adventures of Adam’s water wall is featured this week. Have you seen our updated version? We have managed to use 15 bottles. Just waiting for more bottles now!

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