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How To Prepare For An Enjoyable Summer With Kids Out Of School – 35+ Awesome Ideas!

My kids only have a couple of weeks of school left and I will tell you….I am THRILLED!  Yes, you heard right.  Thrilled.  I know that there are days of crazy chaos ahead, but we are tired and need a break from the hustle and bustle.  Even though my kids do not sleep in, I want to be woken up with their giggles instead of an alarm clock.  I want us all to have the ability to travel, to visit museums and water parks, and to have special days and make special memories.  I am also ready for the school anxiety to go away for a few months because it takes such a toll on all of us.  It is hard.

I do believe, though, that summer with the kids home is something you truly have to be prepared for or you will self destruct.  If you are used to having days without kids, how will the household run now that they are home all of the time?  

I have collected a few tips and ideas to make this a GREAT summer with the kids!  Put a little preparation into it, and you can minimize the chaos and maximize the memory making! If you want to add some fun and teach responsibility, check out these low maintenance pets.

Behavior Management

Reward Jar

Earning Screen Time For Kids:  Printable Ideas

Summer Bedtime Routine Tips

Chore Cards

Things For Kids To Do!

Make a Cootie Catcher!

7 Hacks For Keeping Kids Busy This Summer

Summer Bucket List

Printable Summer Bucket List

Games and Crafts for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids

Sensory Bag for Toddlers

DIY Pool Noodle Games (No Water Needed!)

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids

DIY Box Tops Holder

Painting With Water

Keep Them Learning!

Summer Activity:  Super Duper Words

Summer Theme Week Ideas

Educational Games with Osmo

Get Outside!

DIY Backyard Splash Pad

Backyard Obstacle Course

Geocaching With Kids

Plastic Bottle Bowling

Benefits Of Being Outside

How to Make a Rope Swing

How to Play Kick the Can

How To Make Sidewalk Paint

Gardening With Kids!

Frugal Summer Ideas

10 Ways Your Family Can Save Money This Summer

Summer Fun On A Budget

Cooking With Kids

Cat In The Hat Fruit Kabobs

Summer Recipes For Kids & Fun Cooking Activities

10 Minute Strawberry S’mores

Peanut Butter & Jelly Pizza

Tuna Turtles

Road Trips With Kids

Tips for Long Road Trips with Kids

DIY Interactive Map

Tips For Mom

25 Ways To Reset When You’re Having A Rough Day

7 Ways To Create Joyful Moments With Your Kids This Summer

Effortless Solutions to Savor Your Time by the Pool


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Wednesday 16th of May 2018

What a great list. My kids get out of school in just one week so we will try some of these fun summer activities!

Katelyn L Fagan

Wednesday 17th of May 2017

What a great roundup of ideas for the summer!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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