Whether your summer has already started, about to start or like us in the UK a long way to go yet it does mean a change of routine to family life – this is even if you have got kids at home full time like we do lots of activities and groups stop, the weather changes and where your once empty during the day park and playground is filled with the noise of children playing and interacting but bigger kids.

Planning for Summer - resources and ideas to help you plan for a summer where you can make everyday fun for your kids at home.

If you have a preschool about to embark on Kindergarten or a school child there is the fear of the summer slide where children forget some of the stuff that they have learnt in the last year at school. So it’s time to plan for activities to do during the day with your kids making sure that you have the resources that you need in advance and have some sort of plan of what is going to happen – I’m not saying that a lot of time in our house won’t be spent running around the park and garden but there will be rainy days and the hottest time of the day where we seek the shade and the peace that activities can bring. I’m sharing with a few places to get inspiration for your summer.

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Virtual Book Club Summer Camp 2013First off come and join us on the Virtual Book Club Summer Camp – even if your Summer Vacation doesn’t start until the end of July you can still get the emails and use the amazing ideas and activity planners to plan ahead with 5 themes it’s perfect for your toddler through to school age kids to join in with based around books it will keep summer fun and stop the summer slide just sign-up and we’ll do all the hard work for you.

A Mom with a Lesson Plan is a Mum after my own heart and has shared Making a Summer Schedule, it was on my to do list but now no need she’s got it as a download and I’ve downloaded and printed out and I’m starting to fill with extra ideas isn’t that absolutely fantastic.

Super Summer Schedule


Got lots of ideas but like me have kids that like some sort of routine then this FREE printable from ReMarkable Home with the Super Summer Schedule is absolutely fantastic – we’re adopting it and I hope that it will mean after a couple of week no more “What is happening today”.

Nature E-Summer Camp
The Natural Nester has been busy working with bloggers from around the world and put together an 8 week complete At home Summer Nature Camp – we’re one of the bloggers and have shared some fabulous ideas for Nature Activities to do this summer at home with your kids – at $39.99 it’s an amazing resource to get kids out and about this summer with recipes, field trips, crafts, and indoor and outdoor activities all with related books it’s well worth getting to inspire you or follow completely this summer.

Backyard Garden Fun 
Can you see that there is a outdoor theme developing here – another great resource for parents – This Backyard Fun E-book with art’s and crafts from Pink and Green Mama is amazing – we’ve made our first time from the book and will be sharing that later in the summer it’s such a fun one to get kids and you to do at home together. At $10 there is something for everyone and one that will inspire you with ideas to do with the kids whatever age they are.

The Garden Classroom
Another fabulous resource – The Garden Classroom by NurtureStore is a perfect ebook to find and discover ideas for garden fun this summer – but it’s not restricted to that this is great for year around garden crafts, activities and learning perfect for kids of all ages. Again it won’t give you a complete summer plan but instead you will find ideas that you can do to add to your summer planner.

Sun Scholars 12 week summer at home
Sun Scholars has put together a fabulous complete 12 week Summer Learning Program – with 12 themed units that can be purchased  individual it’s perfect whether you have 12 weeks or 6 weeks and with the activities starting from age 4 I’m finding ideas to add to our plans and themes over the summer that will help J prepare for starting school in September and focus on what he is interested in.


With so many amazing sites out there producing content and ideas I’ve started a Summer Bucket List Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest sitting at around 100 ideas at the moment I’ll be pinning to it throughout the summer giving you ideas from around the world to inspire you to make everyday fun over the summer.

Help for Busy Mom's resources and inspiration to help summer planning to make everyday fun for kids

So over to you – I would love to hear your ideas for Summer and if you have a Summer Planning Pinterest Board or Post please leave a URL in the comments and I look forward to popping over and seeing your ideas as well.

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.


  1. I love the schedule for the days of the week, as much for me as for my kid! I seem to either cram too much into one day or fall into a rut and just hit the pool every day.

  2. Royal Baloo and 3 Dinosaurs have put together a 4 week summer program for free, with a schedule for each week. They released the first week yesterday and they offer toddler, preK and K/1 levels. Each week is a different theme – 1st week is space and I remember dinosaurs are one of the upcoming ones.

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