Summer can be a great time for creative learning and exploration! Whether you homeschool or send your kids to school, it can be tempting to use this time to “catch up” on learning or to give your kids workbooks to keep them “on track.” But the reality is, your kids are learning all summer long – even without supplemental work! I’m going to share some summer learning activities that don’t require workbooks or summer school, and will keep the FUN in summer.
Watch this YouTube video to get some great ideas for keeping your kids on track without workbooks:
Summer Learning Games
My kids play a lot of board games, all year round, because board games are an amazing way for kids to learn without realizing they’re actually learning!
You can find a bunch of our favorite games listed here.
Screen Free Summer Learning Activities
Download a printable scavenger hunt for your kiddos to do – or make your own!
We spend most of our summer outside, and there are so many opportunities for learning when you outside! Get your kids in the garden with you, raise butterflies together, hike, or do nature challenges.
There are lots of activity kits out there that your kids can do – they’re fun and educational! You can find a kit fo just about anything these days, but here are a few that we have used and really enjoyed:
This kit is a super fun way to explore the world with your little one. Each month will take you to a different destination!
This monthly kit is so much fun! It takes your child through the Bible from Creation to Ascension in just one year. It’s hands off for you and comes with crafts and activities for your elementary aged kiddos. You can use code SILOANDSAGE to get 15% off.
KiwiCo– we have done both Tinker Crate and Atlas Crate
Summer is a great time for your kids to learn a new skill. Whether your kids want to try their hand at knitting, sewing, whittling, or something else, there are so many handicrafts your child could try!
Pull out drawing books, water colors, or a new-to-you art medium to try this summer. Scroll through our homeschool faves to find some of our favorite art supplies.
Make your kids a craft kit that they can explore and be creative with this summer! If you’re worried about messes, set a vinyl table cloth up out on the grass or on your porch that can be easily hosed off.
Summer Learning Activities On Screens
While we spend most of our summer off screens, you might need a few ideas for traveling or rainy days when you’re stuck inside all day.
codeSpark Academy is a really fun learn-to-code app for kids ages 5-10. Based on curriculum from MIT and Princeton, codeSpark Academy’s self-directed, intuitive gameplay builds critical skills for school and life. Your kids will enjoy it so much, they won’t even know they’re learning!
Get a FREE trial for this reading and math app for you little ones (ages 4-8). They can practice early literacy and numeracy skills with this fun and interactive app. It will read stories, has fun games, and they can practice writing letters and numbers too.
This YouTube channel is one of our favorites. It has so many drawing tutorials, and is So easy to follow – no matter your drawing ability!