Summer is here and we are ready to play! Are you looking for fresh ideas to keep your little ones entertained this summer? Here are 20 ideas for summer fun with preschool kids to help you have fun with your family during the hot months ahead. Need ideas for your toddler? You’ll find five fun ideas to entertain your toddler this summer here. I’ve joined with my favorite kid bloggers to share our favorite summer ideas for kids and families, so be sure to hop around to the links at the bottom of this post.
20 Ideas for Summer Fun with Preschool Kids:
Get outside and explore with a family nature walk. Kids love exploring and discovering the world around them and short hikes or walks around the neighborhood can be perfect opportunities to help them learn.
One of our favorite summer activities is visiting the local splash parks in our city. The DFW area has TONS of fun splash pads so we have lots of options. If you don’t know of splash parks in your area, ask other moms or search your local Parks and Recreation website.
Finger painting is a perfect outdoor art activity for preschool kids. Find our tips for stress free finger painting here, and try Firework Finger Painting to celebrate Independence Day.
Think back to your own childhood, and break out the hose and sprinkler. Put on your swimsuit and run through the sprinkler with your kids. I promise it is still just as fun. Bonus points if you add water guns or water balloons.
Sidewalk chalk is super cheap and provides endless entertainment. Get your kids playing creatively this summer with Sidewalk Chalk Activities. You can even use sidewalk chalk to practice letters and name recognition.
Stay active even when it is too hot to play outside with these awesome Active Indoor Play Boredom Buster Ideas.
Play tourist in your own city. Summer is a great time to visit your local zoo, aquarium, or amusement park. A staycation weekend is a great option that’s more budget friendly than a big trip.
Invite little friends and their mamas over for a fun play date to break up the long, hot days. Here are fun ideas for hosting a Creative Play Date and a Disney Themed Play Date.
Headed to the beach? Check out these Beach Activities for Kids and Families.
Before you go, try these Ocean Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands to help your kids learn and explore the ocean.
Hot days are made for splashing in the water. Build a DIY water table for your kids to provide hours of fun. Bonus – it doubles as a sensory play table! Bring your water table inside on hot days and make one of our sensory dough recipes or make an easy rice sensory bin.
Have even more water fun with these Fun Games for your Backyard Kiddie Pool. We use our little pool almost daily in the summer.
Join or visit your city or neighborhood pool. Our city pools offer really affordable options for daily visits or season long memberships. We frequent two that have really fun kid pools, and are a great way to cool off with the whole family.
Traveling with your family this summer? Here are great ways to entertain your preschool kids while traveling with your family.
Glow in the dark activities bring so much fun to an ordinary day. Try our Glow in the Dark Play Ideas for Indoor Fun to play inside and beat the heat.
How do you have fun with your preschool kids in the summer?
Find more amazing summer ideas from my favorite kid bloggers in the links below:
Wet and Wonderful Summer Ideas for Kids | Powerful Mothering
Summer Flower Sensory Bin for Kids | Adventure in a Box
Summer nature art & craft ideas | Messy Little Monster
Summer acts of kindness for kids | Mum in the Mad House
Color Your Summer: Sidewalk Chalk for Kids | Child Led Life
Low Stress Summer Fun for Kids | Mama Smiles
Awesome Backyard Ideas for Summer | In The Playroom
Summer STEM Activities for Kids | Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Top tips for creating a Summer fairy garden | The Gingerbread House
100 Budget Friendly Summer Activities | Something 2 Offer
5 Amazingly Cool Summer Activities for Little Kids | Peakle Pie
How to Make Awesome Summer Juices for Kids | Witty Hoots
Ultimate Guide to Summer Sidewalk Chalk | Cutting Tiny Bites
Ideas for Summer drawings | Hodge Podge Craft
Summer Alphabet Relay Obstacle Course – Mom Inspired Life
Summer Lego Ice Rescue – Multicraftingmummy
27 Simple Summer Science Experiments for Kids | Edventures with Kids
Summer Evenings – Family Fun Ideas with young kids | Rainy Day Mum
Summer Survival Guide For Busy Moms and Toddlers | Words n Needles
Celebrate Summer with Sun Crafts! | Artsy Momma
Summer Fun Activities For Toddlers | Adventures of Adam
35 Beach & Ocean Themed Sensory Play Ideas | Golden Reflections Blog
Planning a Summer Garden for Kids – Mama’s Happy Hive
10 Summer Snacks for Kids to Make – Fun-A-Day!
Quick and Easy Frozen Summer Watermelon Pop | Little Bins for Little Hands
Frozen Watermelon Cubes for Fruit Flavored Water | Little Bins for Little Hands
Summer Alphabet Activities– Growing Book by Book
Fun with Zoo Animals for Kids – My Bright Firefly
Summer Bubble Fun For Kids – Just Another Mom
Epic Light Table Ice Legos & More for Summer! – The Natural Homeschool
Summer Preschool Activities – Living Life and Learning
Free Summer Printables – Montessori Nature
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