Little learners love all things hands-on and summertime is the perfect time to get them outside for summer learning activities! This list is packed full of hands-on activities, crafts, and STEM learning for little learners.
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Play with shadows this summer! Use the shadows to explore science and art in beautiful creation in front of your house.
Save the pop bottles! I love using recycled materials for kids activities. This time create fun fireflies that glow in the dark out of your used, plastic bottles.
Summertime means s’mores to my family. My your own s’mores oven this summer as a fun STEM project then enjoy a classic summer dessert.
This is a great idea to helpful kids build their vocabulary this summer! It’s not a test, just a fun way to introduce new words to little learners. Make your own DIY vocabulary jar and have fun!
Hunt for treasure! What’s more fun than creating your own treasure map with kids this summer? Your little pirates will love this fun DIY project that they can customize to look like their own yard.
Making your own magnetic chalkboard is perfect for little learners this summer. Add in a set of magnetic letters and there’s hours of learning available for any road trip or quiet time.
Letter matching is simple with craft sticks. This is a great way to help little learners practice letter recognition before school starts in the fall.
Have you thought about journaling with kids this summer? It helps kids with handwriting, creating sentences, and story telling along with several other wonderful benefits.
I do LOVE watermelon! So do my kids. This watermelon craft is easy to put together and a great fine motor craft for little learners!
Bust the boredom this summer with Boredom Buster Bingo! This bingo set will keep kids moving and having fun while they learn this summer.
Tic Tac Toe is a classic summer game. Make your own game out of your painted rock collection and couple craft sticks. This game is perfect for backyard entertainment by the pool!
It’s the blob! DIY water blobs are great for getting kids moving this summer but also helps them with core strength and balance!
Before it gets too hot, try this say and spay activity. This is simple to setup and a great way for kids to practice letter and number recognition along with gross and fine motor skills!
Do your kids love bugs? Summertime is filled with fun creepy crawlies to explore. Making bug fossils is fun for your little explorers this summer.
Resist art is always a hit with my kids! This time break out the squirt guns to make beautiful art with the first letter of your child’s name.
Having a play date? Grab a snack and play Summer Bingo! There are 30 unique cards in this set and if you laminate them they will last for years to come.
These paper plate jellyfish are adorable! I love how they used cupcake liners to make the tentacles. So colorful and inviting!
What is it about bouncy balls that are so exciting? Make your own in any color you can dream of with this simple tutorial.
I think I might have to make one of these for myself! Painted salt castles are sure to help your kids stay busy as they create beautiful creations out of salt and watercolors.
I feel like we live at the pool during the summer. Making DIY boats are a great way to talk with kids about things that float and sink!
Printable syllable cards for your little learners with a summer theme is the perfect addition to your summer learning activities. I like to add this to our afternoon quiet time for a great way to keep little minds thinking in the heat of the day.
What a great way to slide a little math into your summer activities! Make your own abacus with pipe cleaners and beads.
My kids LOVE sidewalk chalk. You can spice up your summertime learning by making squirty chalk paint to create letter and numbers in your front yard!
Oh wow! This is such an adorable craft! Make your own grass head and help kids learn about seeds and gardening this summer.
Lego fractions is a great way to help little learners with their summer learning activities! Repurpose some of your old blocks to introduce fraction concepts in a colorful way.
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Do you have any favorite summer learning activities that are not on the list?
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