It’s Summer!!! School is wrapping up and I bet you are looking for some fun summer ideas to keep everyone a little occupied. Look no further! Together with my friend Janel from A Mom’s Take we have been working hard to create a FREE Summer Passport printable activity book to share with everyone. It is full of crafts, easy kid friendly recipes, games and activities, fun science experiments and so much more. You have to check it out!
To snag your own copy of the FREE Summer Passport, stop by the Fun On a Dime Facebook page and “Like” it, if you have not already. If you are not taken directly to the free printable, there is a tab on the Facebook fan page labeled “Free Summer Printable!” that will take you to it.
My daughter and her cousin have already started working on their Summer Passports! Being true girls they have spent all their time on the front page that doubles as a coloring page. Last year we made Summer Bucket Lists, but this year we will not need to worry about that with our Train of Fun. This packet includes a page of “tickets” (i.e. fun summer ideas) and a 10 car train that is waiting for its owner to fill each car full of the fun you want to do this summer or to fill in as you go. We created the list with simple ideas, but feel free to remove any of the suggestions that will not work for you.
We may have to put up a second train in our house for each kiddo. When my niece looked through the packet and saw how many train cars were available she stated, “Oh, there are only 10? What if I need more?” I figure there are enough cars for us to do one activity a week for sure.
More Summer Fun Ideas
Kid Friendly Games and Activities
- Indoor Summer Camp
- Bean & Straw Game – a younger kid friendly version of the M&M Straw Game with video demo
- Homemade Chalk Paint
- Doctor Day – A mending toy day
- Pick-Up “Sticks” – an indoor or outdoor “get ’em moving” game with video demo
- Make a Kite – the easy way
- The Sign Game ~ Action Style – group game with video demo
- Zip-Bom – group game with video demo
Easy Summer Treats
- Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
- Mint Brownies
- Homemade Saltwater Taffy (Yummy!)
- Food Castles
- Homemade Kettle Corn
- Easy Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
Kid Friendly Arts and Crafts
- Easy Magic Wands
- Circle Art
- Paper Roses
- Sand Art with Homemade Colored Sand
- Creating Fireworks with Paint
- Make a Wrestling Buddy
Summer Book and Game Recommendations
Great Summer Reads
- Little Bear
- The Monster at the End of this Book
- Left Foot Right Foot – Dr. Seuss
- Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
- If you give a Mouse a Cookie
- Busy, Busy Town
- The Gruffalo
- Curious George
- Good Night Moon
- Fly Guy
- Flat Stanley
- Fancy Nancy
- Elephant & Piggie
- Where’s Waldo
- (Girls) Anything with Princesses or Dancers on the cover!
- Scooby Doo
- Big Nate
- Magic Tree House Series
- Roald Dahl books
- Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew
- Amelia Bedelia
Ages 10+ / or parents to read to younger children
- The Boxcar Children
- Harry Potter
- National Geographic 2014 almanac (recommended for ages 8-12)
- My Father’s Dragon
- Percy Jackson (our current series)
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH series
- A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Anything by Shannon Hale
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series
- Anne of Green Gables series
- Nancy Drew series
**I am sure there are a ton more. Email me if you have any favorites to add to the list.
Head over to AMomsTake.com/Summer-Passport for more fun ideas!
AND…stay tuned for a COLORING CONTEST coming soon!!
Disclosure: No compensation received…just a load of fun for you to enjoy!