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Summer Activities That Don’t Involve Screens

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Summer is here and for most that means the kids are home from school. Finding summer activities that are budget friendly on a whim can be difficult when you hear a child complaining, “I’m bored” or “there’s nothing to do.”

Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with the occasional screen time, but they need a break from it. Also, summer is the perfect time for the kiddos to be active, explore, learn, stretch their imagination, discover and be creative.

If your family is anything like mine, finding a variety of activities that changes up the same mundane tasks and activities, helps keeps everyone happy and most of all–your patience from going out the window.

I remember being young and there was nothing more that I loved then hopping on my bike and taking off around the neighborhood. It’s sad times have changed, and we can’t let our kids do like we did without fear of something happening. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true.

So, push them to do something fun and creative. Don’t let them spend all their time in front of a screen. These summer activities are easily adaptable for kids of all ages, and it’ll make for a more fun and memorable summer.

Plus, it’ll help keep the peace at home and your sanity in tack.

Summer Activities That Don’t Involve Screens

Fun Outdoors

  • Throw a Blanket Down and have a picnic or read a book
  • Go for a walk/hike
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Set up the sprinklers & slip-n-slide
  • Play an outdoor sport
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Play hide-n-go-seek
  • Have a scavenger hunt
  • Go to the park
  • Draw with chalk
  • Put paint in squirt guns & make art
  • Create and obstacle course
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Make a garden together
  • Have a Lemonade Stand
  • Sensory Play with a water table
  • Look for bugs under rocks
  • Water the plants
  • Egg/spoon race
  • 3-legged races
  • Potato sack races
  • Red light/ green light

Fun Inside

  • Paint
  • Make paper airplanes
  • Make something with toothpicks and marshmallows
  • Color
  • Make a masking tape race track
  • Build a log cabin out of popsicle sticks and glue
  • Use foil to mold into sculptures
  • Make jewelry with beads or pasta
  • Use a cardboard box to make a car/fort/rocket, etc.
  • Play dress-up
  • Put on a fashion show
  • Give each other mani and pedis
  • Build a fort with chairs and blankets
  • Then read a book in your fort
  • Build with Legos
  • Tell silly jokes
  • Play board games
  • Turn up the music and have a dance party
  • Play with play-doh
  • Cook with kids (Let children to most of the work)
  • Bake a cake (Let children to most of the work)
  • Simon Says
  • Put on blankets as capes and play superheroes

On The Go Activities

  • Go to the library
  • Visit your local garden center and look at the different flowers
  • Go to the movie theater
  • Visit a museum
  • Learn about history in your town
  • Visit historical sites
  • Visit a nearby lake or pool


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Hi! I'm Monica, the face behind Munchkins and Coffee.  Like most, I enjoy long walks on the beach and quiet dinners with the Mister. But let's be real, I'm a mom to 2 munchkins and to 2 4-legged kids so those things are few and far between.  I dabble in a variety of DIY projects and crafts and sell SVGs for the Cricut/Silhouette. I love to cook and bake and I'm a type 1 diabetic. Target and H-E-B are my happy places. I love to read but don't do it as much as I'd like and I'm totally guilty of binge-watching shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime. Coffee gets me through the day and is my "drug" of choice. 🙂 That's where the name comes in. Kids, life and all the beautiful chaos in between. So, check out my Etsy shop for SVG/cutting files for your Cricut/Silhouette and keep an eye out on here and my Facebook for my free cut files.

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