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Summer is a great time to hang out outside with your friends and family. But on those days where you are stuck inside, summer boredom can sometimes set in. Here is a list of a few boredom busters for you and your children.

Painting Rocks Using Crayons

Have your kiddies head outdoors and find as many smooth rocks as they can. Have them color the rocks all over with as many creative designs as they can think of. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and preheat oven (while kids are coloring) to 225 degrees and place rocks all over a baking sheet for about 3 minutes. The results are really neat and worth trying. The wax melts but doesn’t come off if you let them cool completely. I found this fun boredom buster over at The Country Cottage Chic.

Make Homemade Gak

This boredom buster is great for those gloomy rainy days or those days when the heat of the day is just too much for you to want to be outside in it.

Have you ever made Gak? It’s a ton of fun and kids will get a kick out of it. You can even make a variety of colors for a more stimulating experience. Ingredients are easy to come by. We found a great recipe on Lil Luna All you need is:

*large mixing bowl
*Two bottles of Elmer’s Glue
*1 Tsp. of Borax
*Water
*Plastic Cup
*Food Coloring

Check out Lil Luna for instructions and more ideas.

Let’s Go Geocaching!

If you and your family are on a strict budget but want to find fun and free activities to do with your family, have you ever tried geocaching? This one I have never done but would love to give a try. My brother in law and his family do it often. It sounds pretty intriguing. What exactly is geocaching? It’s basically like a treasure hunt and a popular outdoor recreational activity. Here is an accurate description as by Wikipedia:

“A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.” ~Wikipedia

Marshmallow Shooters

This looks like a boredom buster blast! Basically, all you will need for this fun activity are cake pop container, balloons, mini marshmallows, and scissors. Now, what do you do? Cut the bottom part of your plastic cup, tie a knot at the end of a balloon….want more details? Visit Coffee Cups and Crayons for more details.

 

We’d love to hear from you! What fun things is YOUR family doing this summer to do away with any summer boredom? Leave a comment below, and

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Summer is H.E.R.E! Whether you take the summer off, or you school year-round, there are so many fun summer activities and projects for elementary students! Vacations, swimming lessons, field trips, summer camps….there is so much!

There are times when we parents need to remember to place the books to the side and allow our kids to just learn in the experience. Perhaps that means going outside to play right after breakfast and not seeing them again until lunch. Or maybe it’s talking a family hike to the waterfall you’ve been “meaning to get to” for months.

The days of this summer will fly by. Carpe diem! Seize each one and make a memory of it! Below is a list of summer activities and projects you can do with your family. Have a fantastic summer!!

Summer2Summer Schooling:

Summer Homeschooling: Tips, Ideas and Why We Do It

Homeschooling in the Summer

Our Unschooling Summer of Fun!

Starting a Summer Nature School

Nature Study: Out and About

Books to Read:

Best Summer Reads {for Homeschooling Moms}

Amazing Books for Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challenge With Free Printables

Trips to Take (or Not):

Summer Holiday Planner FOR FREE OF CHARGE

Summer Staycation: Ideas for Cincinnati / Tri-State Area

Two 65-Page My Trips Notebooking Journals

Best 10 Road Trip Games in the RV

10 Fun Ideas for a Frugal Staycation

Gas and Food Prices Too High? 13 Staycation Vacation Ideas!

Freebies to Use:

Beach Fun Coloring Pages

Road Trip Printables for Kids: Tic Tac Toe

Road Trip Printables for Kids: Billboard ABC Order

Fun Activities to Giggle Through:

Messy Party

10 Ways to Keep Kids Active This Summer

So You Want Some Screen Time?

 A is for At The Beach

7 ways to have fun outdoors {Kids’ Co-op}

10 Tips to Enjoy Local Splash Pads and Summer Safety for Kids

20 Super Cheap Summer Fun Activities to do with Children

Piano Camp in a Box

Date Nights to Plan:

Favorite Summer Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

Summer Bucket Lists:

Creating a Summer Bucket List

100 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

How to Make a Summer Bucket List With Your Kids

What summer activity do you have planned first?

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Homeschooling in the Summer

Homeschooling in the Summer

We are not a year round homeschooling family. We actually follow the traditional school schedule for the most part, since my daughter engages in at least 2-3 outside classes each year. For the sake of the teachers being able to have a schedule, most of the time those classes will follow the August through May calendar as well.

 

Homeschooling in the Summer

Having said that, I would like to point out that we never stop “fun learning”, even during those hot summer months. We also keep math and piano on a relaxed schedule, as my daughter is still young enough that if we completely stop either of those things, she will not retain as much as I need her to.

But the best part of homeschooling in the summer is the stuff that kiddos and families do not even consider education of any kind. It’s learning disguised as fun! And I have 50 ways for you to do a little fun learning of your own!

1. Visit a state park and take a ranger tour.

2. Go to a national park, complete the Jr. Ranger program, and earn a cool badge to show off what you learned.

3. Take swim lessons. If the kids already know how to swim, sign up for a swim team or a water polo club.

4. Visit an art museum, and then try to replicate your favorite piece at home.

5. Study the science behind bubbles, then spend the afternoon blowing them.

6. Join the summer book club at your local library.

7. Visit a historic home, and then find out why it was important to your area.

8. Go fishing.

9. Talk to the local wildlife conservation office about ways you can help.

10. Attend a 4-H summer camp. http://www.4-h.org/get-involved/find-4-h-clubs-camps-programs/

11. Start a nature collection.

12. Take a night walk.

13. Map the stages of the moon.

14. Visit an arboretum.

15. Visit your local zoo, children’s museum, or science center.

16. Uses Road Trippers to help you find additional “field trips” in your area. https://roadtrippers.com/

17. Be a part of a scientific study… join a Citizen Science project for birds, amphibians, fireflies, monarchs, and other backyard wildlife.

18. Study fish, and then visit a fish hatchery.

19. Canoe down a stream.

20. Find a letterbox or geocache.

21. Take cooking classes.

22. Plant a garden.

23. Celebrate a day of being silly.

24. Attend a play in the park.

25. Explore your state’s capital (or your county’s local courthouse/archives if the capital is too far away).

26. Write a letter to your grandparents.

27. Make a family tree.

28. Make homemade ice cream.

29. Visit a Farmer’s Market and talk to the employees about how they care for the crops.

30. Plan a picnic and let your kiddos do all the food prep.

31. Write, cast and produce a play with your family and friends.

32. Run a lemonade stand.

33. Sign up for a VBS program (or two or three).

34. Make a sidewalk chalk masterpiece.

35. Have a family scavenger hunt.

36. Engage in a water balloon fight.

37. Hit up the local putt-putt.

38. Open a savings account for your kiddos and have them put together a pretend budget, complete with their choice of occupation.

39. Take a trip to the bowling alley. Have your kids use their math skills to keep score.

40. Indulge in many of the educational series and films that Netflix has to offer on a rainy day with some popcorn.

41. Pick some berries and make homemade jam.

42. Learn about the beautiful night constellations.

43. Build a butterfly feeder.

44. Make homemade puppets and put on a show.

45. Break out the board games that you don’t always get to during the school year.

46. Paint garden stones and use them for a color matching/basic arithmetic game.

47. Play hopscotch on the driveway.

48. Put shaving cream in your play pool.

49. Work on badges for Keepers/Contenders of the Faith, American Heritage Girls or Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts.

50. And keep a Summer Fun Schooling journal to record all your crazy awesome activities!

As you can see, there are many ways to keep your kiddos mind going during the summer while having a great time and making lots of memories!

I know I just scratched the surface, so I would love to hear what you think I left out! What do YOU love to do in your homeschool during the summer?

 

 

 

 

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Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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