50 Things to Occupy The Kids this Summer

Summer vacation doesn’t have to equal boredom. Here are 50 fun ideas to help occupy the kids this summer.

Summer vacation doesn't have to equal boredom. Here are 50 fun ideas to help occupy the kids this summer.

Summer vacation is nearly upon us.  Here are some ideas that I came up with to help occupy kids throughout July and August!  (Or when ever they’re looking for something to do!)  Most of the ideas are free or nearly free!

  1. Make Fudgesicles or popsicles
  2. Wash the car(s)
  3. Run through the sprinklers
  4. Have a picnic in the park
  5. Backyard camping
  6. Outdoor movie nights. If you don’t have a free movie night in your area, make your own.
  7. Make giant bubbles
  8. Go on a hike
  9. Create your own treasure hunt
  10. Have a side walk chalk contest
  11. Create your own puppet show
  12. Use a Slip and Slide
  13. Have a library day.  Get books or take part in story time!
  14. Go fly a kite
  15. Play with animals at your local SPCA. Some are willing to have you walk the dogs.
  16. Make your own play dough or Slime.
  17. Go for a bike ride
  18. Stargaze
  19. Collect bugs
  20. Have a lemonade stand
  21. Tie dye some shirts
  22. Paint rocks
  23. Build a fort or tree house
  24. Write a pen pal
  25. Have a pillow fight
  26. Attend free concerts in the park
  27. Wake up early to watch the sunrise
  28. Do one of the activities in the Summer Bucket of Fun
  29. Try geocaching
  30. Have a craft day
  31. Start a journal
  32. Feed the ducks
  33. Do some face painting with the neighbor kids
  34. Bake and decorate cookies
  35. Have a movie night
  36. Teach your kids how to budget
  37. Visit a local farm
  38. Go fishing
  39. Take a walking tour of your town
  40. Play board games
  41. Make and decorate paper mache masks
  42. Learn to skip rocks
  43. Make S’Mores
  44. Play tennis
  45. Build paper boats to race down the street when it rains
  46. Visit the swimming pool
  47. Go on a nature walk
  48. Create a vegetable garden (I used to love having my own corner of my Mom’s garden to grow my own things!)
  49. Visit the zoo
  50. Finger paint

What else do your kids like to do?  What are your favourite boredom busting ideas?

40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

It can be difficult keeping kids busy while you shop the aisles of the grocery store. After all, there is so much to look at and both you and your child can become easily overwhelmed. Luckily, there are ways to keep kids occupied while you shop. A scavenger hunt of sorts is a great way to keep kids busy while you check off your own shopping list. Look at these 40 things to look for at the grocery store, perfect for turning into a checklist for kids to keep them occupied!

Now, let’s look at 40 items your kids can keep an eye out for at your local grocer. How many of these items do you think they can spot and check off? You can print off this list for easy reference and checking. Or, print the items off, cut them into strips, and let children pull a strip out of an envelope as you shop. They can then look for each item as they pull it. There are so many ways you can use this list!

40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

1. A shopping basket
2. A bunch of bananas
3. Produce bags and ties
4. A produce scale
5. Fresh herbs
6. Roses in a color other than red
7. Jelly in a flavor other than strawberry or grape
8. Sprinkle donuts
9. Someone shopping with a list
10. A squeaky shopping cart
11. A delivery man
12. Strawberry milk
13. Cereal with a cartoon character on the box
14. Potato chips in a red bag
15. A box of jello with fruit on it
16. A meat butcher
17. A bakery employee
18. Paper coupons
19. Cheese that isn’t orange
20. A bottle of root beer
21. A patron shopping with a baby
22. Baby diapers with a baby on the package
23. Sale signs
24. Produce sprinklers
25. Price tags
26. Clearance stickers
27. Rentable Rug cleaners
28. Bulk candy bins
29. Dog treats with a dog on the package
30. Fresh fish
31. Balloons
32. Nail polish
33. A fruit that is green.
34. A vegetable that is red.
35. Any kind of pie
36. Magazines
37. A receipt
38. Shopping bags
39. Cashiers
40. Baggers

Are you ready to get hunting? Consider these 40 items to search for in your grocery store and see how much fun kids can have hunting these items down!