One of the easiest ways to plan summer activities is with books. I like to schedule a theme for each day of the week (more on that later) and set one day aside for a fun activity at home. That could be a hands-on science experiment, a classic kid game, or just about anything that involves doing (instead of watching tv). Here is a round up of my favorite summer activity books for things to do with kids. Most of these can be found at your local library and the activities often use materials that you can find around the house. I love to keep it budget-friendly!
6 Summer activity books
1. Fed Up with Frenzy, by Susan Sachs Lipman
The idea behind this book is that we are all insanely busy, but we need to slow down and connect with our families. The introduction talks about the “slow parenting” movement, as it’s called. The rest of the book includes activities to do as a family, divided into categories. There are hundreds of things to do: games, crafts, recipes, gardening, outdoor fun, holiday activities, and travel games.
Fed Up with Frenzy on Amazon
2. Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments, by Mike Adamick
This books makes science fun and includes 30 hands-on experiments. Some are messy, others simple. Each activity includes a kid-friendly explanation of why it works. I recently review this book in another post, if you want to read more or see a video of one of the projects.
3. The Kids Summer Games Book: Official Book of Games to Play, by Jane Drake
I borrowed this book from our library last summer. It has 150 or so games, organized by categories like “games to make” and “indoor games.” There is a whole section for setting up your own summer Olympics. This book has a little bit of everything, but is best for elementary ages.
The Kids Summer Games Book on Amazon
4. The Family Manager’s Guide To Summer Survival: Make the Most of Summer Vacation with Fun Family Activities, Games, and More!, by Kathy Peel
This is another book I borrowed from the library a few years ago. It has a unique perspective, in that it has ideas for how to manage your summer routine, not just things to do. There are tips for setting summer rules, helping kids earn money, and of course, lots of craft projects too.
5. The Summer Bucket List for Kids, by Michelle Snow
This book includes activities for kids to do with adult supervision. Although most of them are simple, many require cutting, water, or other things you probably don’t want your kid to do unsupervised. There are a lot of unique ideas in this one that you won’t find elsewhere – like how to hypnotize a chicken!
The Summer Bucket List for Kids on Amazon
6. 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters!, by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller
I haven’t got my hands on this one yet. It comes out June 10th and was written by a pair of bloggers I adore. If the book is anything like their blog, it will be brilliant. As the title says, it is packed with over 100 things to do. They include games, crafts, experiments, and playtime ideas for all ages.
What does your family like to do in the summer? What are your favorite summer activity books?
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