25 Best Summer Activities for Kids


November 23, 2020

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Every diligent parent is constantly looking for the best summer activities for their kids. Whether its a local tennis camp, sports leagues, arts and crafts events, there is no shortage of summer activities and kid entertainment that you can fill each summer day with.

In this article, we have categorized summer activities for kids under three sections. These summer activities will not only keep them healthy and fit but also help them develop different mathematics and other academic skills.

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📥 25 Best Summer Activities for Kids


Summer Activities for Kids - for Mental Skill Development

  1. Gardening

Mother-daughter gardening session

Gardening is a great summer activity to teach children how to measure the garden, the space between seedlings, calculating the amount of soil that is required, and many other things that involve mathematical knowledge.

  1. Shopping

Talking your children shopping

A great way to teach your child the value of money by providing a budget and asking to go for grocery shopping. There will be different sorts of calculations involved, thereby developing the mental abilities of the child.

  1. Watching sports

Benefits of watching sports with Family

Parents can utilize the opportunity of kids watching sports to help them improve different mathematical skills like how to keep a score, count innings, strikeouts, etc.

  1. Collections

Benefits of the art of collecting for Children

Many children love to collect things. This simple activity can help them polish their mathematical operational skills.

  1. Daily household activities

Importance of teaching children household tasks

Activities like washing, cleaning, etc can be tedious and mundane. You can teach your child measuring, sorting, counting, and other skill-building activities through these tasks.

  1. Road trips

Road trips for children

Everyone likes going out on a road trip during summer holidays. Through this, kids can incorporate skills like navigating direction, map reading, calculations, word problem skills, road signs, etc.

  1. Mental games

Mental games for children

There are games for kids to play during summer holidays, helping them to develop their mental skills and abilities like building blocks, sudoku, ken ken, crosswords, tic tac toe, tangrams, etc.

  1. Reading the newspaper

Teach your children to read the newspaper

This summer activity for kids helps them to be up-to-date with all the latest information regarding various things happening around the world.

  1. Drawing and origami

Drawing helps kids to think out of the box and facilitates creativity, thereby helping them to improve visualization skills and also grab hold over geometric and other tools.

Origami for children

Another activity that is equally fun is Origami i.e. a Japanese technique of creating paper objects by folding and cutting papers. This helps the child to gain control and develop fine motor skills.

  1. Reading

Help develop a habit of reading in your children

This can be a great summer activity for kids as it helps them to improve their focus, thereby helping them to perform better in examinations.

  1. Listening to audiobooks and podcasts

Children listening to audiobooks & podcasts

We understand how some kids don't like to read books. Well, technology has changed and now they can listen to audiobooks and podcasts available on different platforms to improve their speaking skills, listening skills, and other attributes.

  1. Puzzles

Child solving jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles can be a very visually appealing summer activity for kids at home helping them to improve their visualization and matching abilities.

  1. Completing summer projects and homework

Children com[pleting summer projects & assignments

Well, kids cannot waste their entire time playing different sports or activities. Projects and homework are a part of their academic life. They must treat these assignments as fun-loving summer activities for kids.

  1. Going to a local fair, museum, or exhibition

Children in Musuem

These places help the child to think about various topics and displays therein. It boosts creativity and encourages them to research different topics and segments.

  1. Indoor games

Children playing indoor games such as monopoly

There are indoor games like Monopoly, Jenga, Logic grid, Jumbled words, Word hunt Business, Stock, Ludo, Snakes & Ladders, etc. which could be an awesome summer activity for kids to learn different collaborative and team-building skills. 

Summer Activities for Kids - for Physical Development

  1. Playing physical sports

Importance of playing sports for children

Every kid must be encouraged to play outdoor games like football, cricket, basketball, etc to stay fit and healthy, and also develop team-building skills.

  1. Swimming

Children swimming

Swimming is considered to be one of the most refreshing summer activities for kids to help them build their muscle, focus and calmness.

  1. Art and craft

Children indulging in art and craft

Many of us will think about what physical ability would art and craft require. But, collecting all the necessary items, getting involved in the activity, and finally cleaning up the mess often becomes tiring for kids.

  1. Bicycling

Children cycling

Summertime can be a great time to help kids polish their bicycling skills and build their muscles and core strength.

  1. Treasure/Scavenger Hunt

Children in a scavenger hunt

This can be highly entertaining and a fun-loving summer activity for kids which will encourage competitive spirits amongst them and will involve a lot of physical hard work, helping them to grow fit and healthy.

  1. Skating

Children roller skating

Summer vacation can be a perfect time for kids to get themselves enrolled in these classes and learn various forms of balancing and controls.

  1. Yoga

Children doing yoga

Slowly and steadily, this particular activity is becoming increasingly popular amongst children because it helps them to stay calm and focused. 

  1. Dancing

Importance of dancing for children

Dancing improves stamina, flexibility, strength and coordination. Enrolling in summer dance camp encourages healthy habits.

Some Other Summer Activities for Kids at Home

  1. Cooking

Children cooking

Summer vacation can be a great time to teach kids different cooking skills which they can improve over time.

  1. Backyard camping

Backyard barbeques for children

If you have a nice backyard, there can be a number of activities in which a kid can learn about real-life camping.

  1. Birdwatching

Children bird watching with father

This summer activity for kids helps them to explore nature in a better way, thereby enabling them to develop attributes like patience and calmness. 

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Summer is the time when kids build memories. And kids will look back at vacations, day trips, picnics, and other outings with nostalgia. But that's not all they'll remember. They'll remember the bad (e.g., being bored at home, fights with siblings). So as parents we want to help them make every day in summer something they'll want to remember.

While these everyday summer activities may not necessarily inspire idyllic childhood memories of summer, they will happily fill those long summer days spent at home. Work-at-home parents, in particular, need ideas for enjoyable summer activities that school-age kids can do on their own.

Cuemath comes up with regular articles for parents and kids to address different topics. Our suggestions and recommendations are provided after an extensive research and has helped a number of readers. Comment in the box below to let us know more about your needs and requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why are summer activities important?

Summer programs allow youth to explore new interests. Unlike the classroom, most summer camps allow youth to choose which activities they'd like to participate in and allows physical exercise unlike indoor games.

2. What is the Importance of indoor games?

Indoor games, especially during a time when everyone has to stay home is a necessity to provide a break from studying and learning. By themselves, they are important in a student’s life. They can also be coupled with the educational activities to make learning more fun. 

3. What are some educational activities?

There are many educational activities that help in boosting your kids mental skills. Here are few activities

  • Indian flag art.
  • Origami craft.
  • Simple and easy rangoli designs for home.
  • Game of dice.
  • Alphabet matching. 
  • Gardening. 
  • Sudoku.
  • Treasure Hunt.
  • Memory Game.

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