10+ Simple Ideas to Keep Learning Fun All Summer

With the temperatures rising and the kids pretty much disinterested in sitting down to do schoolwork, there are still a boatload of activities that we can do to keep the learning going during the lazy days of summer without doing "formal" school. Some of our favorite homeschool memories were made during the down time of summer. These are some suggestions to get you started.

  1. Nature study scavenger hunts were at their best when the weather was nice. The Heart of Michelle has great ideas on how to create one for your family.
  2. Take a hike. Look for a new place to explore by searching the Hiking Project for a location in your area.
  3. While you are on the trails, start a rock collection. RockforKids has a lot of information for kids to learn all about rocks
  4. Get wet with some great experiments with water from We are Teachers.
  5. Try some cool outdoor engineering projects from Planet Smarty Pants.
  6. Visit a National Park and discover its history.
  7. Plant a garden. The University of Illinois Extension has a kid-friendly website, My First Garden, to help get you started.
  8. Volunteer in your community. Parents Magazine has an article with websites that can help you find places for kids to volunteer.
  9. Rainy day trips to a local museum always seem to spark excitement. Check out the MuseumsUSA directory for ideas near you.
  10. Make some great frozen treats to keep everyone cool. Highlights Magazine created a yummy list of 20 Cool Summer Treats.

Still looking for ideas for summer activities. Check out this printable list from Childhood 101 or these printables of 125 Summertime Boredom Busters from Proverbs 22:6 Academy.