Summer Fun for Kids

"Mom! We're bored!"

Keep kids entertained this summer with crafts and activities!

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10-minute seasonal crafts for summer

10-minute seasonal crafts for summer

Lim, Annalees, author
2014

Who doesn't love summer? Of course, students look forward to the academic break, but there are many educational opportunities this warm season provides outside the classroom. These fun step-by-step projects are sure to engage young readers while the accom

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101 fun outdoor activities for children : have fun outside!

101 fun outdoor activities for children : have fun outside!

Bird, Fiona.
2018

In an era when the iPad is often more appealing than the park, it can be difficult to encourage kids to get off the couch and spend time outside. In this inspirational book, with ideas for children of all ages, there are over 100 imaginative ways for children to keep busy and have fun outdoors.

They can enjoy outdoor crafts such as making leaf art bunting, a dream catcher, or their own toy raft, or get physical and burn off some energy with beach hopscotch, animal tracking, and developing their hunting and gathering skills. Or perhaps they would like to relax and enjoy some star-gazing or pond-dipping instead. There are fun activities to help kids get up close and personal with nature by making a wormery and a bug attractor, doing some investigative ant experiments, and putting on their own gastropod race! The book includes handy reference pics to help children identify plants, flowers, and wildlife, so as well as enjoying the great outdoors, they learn to understand and appreciate their surroundings too.

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Backyard adventure : get messy, get wet, build cool things, and have tons of wild fun! : 51 free-play activities

Backyard adventure : get messy, get wet, build cool things, and have tons of wild fun! : 51 free-play activities

Thomsen, Amanda, author
2019

The backyard has long been a space associated with recreation and relaxation, a private patch of earth to escape to, and a springboard for the imagination. In her signature style and drawing on her personal experience as a mother, gardener, and author, Amanda Thomsen encourages kids to create kingdoms of their own making, right in their own backyards. With whimsical projects for every season and any setting, from forest to pavement, fun-seeking kids and their families will rediscover the yard as a place for inspired play, using repurposed materials and existing features of outdoor spaces. Whether they're creating tiny gardens inhabited by action figures, weaving a secret hideaway out of a loom of twine and twigs, or setting sidewalk cracks on fire with Coffeemate, Backyard Adventure lets kids of all ages turn their yards into a place they can call their own.


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Born to be wild : hundreds of free nature activities for families

Born to be wild : hundreds of free nature activities for families

Garlick, Hattie, author
2016

Want to save cash and get your kid off the smartphone and into nature? This is the book you need. Packed with great photos of real families in the outdoors, Born to Be Wild contains easy-to-follow instructions for fun family activities and crafts that require nothing more sophisticated than a child's imagination and access to a little outdoor space.

Organized by season and then by material, it lets parents skip straight to Spring, and then to "Blossom," "Grass," or "Earth," according to their present need. Everything you need to engage in all of its hundreds of activities can be found in your kitchen. No expensive art supplies or outdoor kit required. All you need is the "Toolkit" listed at the front of the book. These ordinary household essentials include recycled food containers, scraps of paper, string, glue, and an empty jar or two.

Along the way, Hattie Garlick talks to families, organizations, cultures, and communities who have rebuilt their relationships with nature--with inspiring results--and introduces scientists, psychologists, and other experts who explain why nature matters in our children's modern lives.

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The Canadian kids' guide to outdoor fun

The Canadian kids' guide to outdoor fun

Becker, Helaine, author
2019

In this quintessential guide to summer activities, kids will learn the old-fashioned joys of creating their own fun!

Parents and kids alike will absolutely love this boredom-busting guide to outdoor and indoor summer fun! Filled with hundreds of ideas for games with friends, solo activities, DIY projects, recipes and fascinating fun facts, this book will teach kids just how much there is to do when the screens are turned off.

Kids will learn:

How to catch a fish How to crack a code How to master canoe strokes How to make fresh lemonade (complete with an economics lesson about selling at a lemonade stand!) How to put on a play How to do rock art How to make a tie-dyed shirt Games for surviving car trips And so much more!

Appealing to a wide range of ages, abilities, and timeframes, The Canadian Kid's Guide to Outdoor Fun will connect kids to the world around them and to one another. Some activities are classics, some will get them started on a new adventure, but each and every one is safe, easy, instant and requires virtually no adult intervention - except to join in the fun, of course!

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Fun and festive summer crafts : tie-dyed shirts, bug cages, and sand castles

Fun and festive summer crafts : tie-dyed shirts, bug cages, and sand castles

McGee, Randel, author
2015

In summer, the weather is hot, school is out, and people have picnics and barbecues. Readers follow easy step-by-step instructions to create unique crafts as they learn about summer. Readers will discover a Hawaiian myth about the long days of summer and the scientific reason we have a summer season. They'll also read about symbols, holidays, and special events that take place during this fun-filled time of year and get creative.

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The kids' summer fun book : great games, activities, and adventures for the entire family

The kids' summer fun book : great games, activities, and adventures for the entire family

Gillman, Claire
2011

Cheerfully illustrated and designed to inspire family fun, The Kids' Summer Fun Book deserves a place in every family's home library. Parents will find ideas to recapture their childhood as they join with their kids in dozens of delightful summer activities. Ideas include summer beach parties with a sand castle building theme, hiking and camping trips in the great outdoors, kite flying, snorkeling, and even croquet in the backyard on stay-at-home leisure days. Activities are categorized by chapters:

Out of doors: fishing, fossil hunting, rock collecting, tree house building, and more On the water: building a raft, canoeing and kayaking, swimming and waterskiing, surfing, and more Summer games: beanbag toss, French bowls, softball, sack race, bicycling, and more Crafts and activities: making a terrarium, watercolor painting, designing paper airplanes, gardening, and more Feasting: planning picnics and making lemonade, angel cakes, summer smoothies, lemon tarts, and more

Where appropriate, readers will find detailed instructions, for instance, for building a tree house or concocting many summertime food treats. Summertime is fun time, and here are dozens of great ideas that inspire readers to make the most of warm-weather activities. Color illustrations throughout

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A little bit of dirt : 55+ science and art activities to reconnect children with nature

A little bit of dirt : 55+ science and art activities to reconnect children with nature

Citro, Asia, author
2016

Dandelion Bubbles, Rain Drums, Seed Bomb Lollipops and more!

Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!

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Never get bored book

Never get bored book

Maclaine, James.
2018

This treasure trove of boredom-busting ideas will keep you entertained - wherever, whenever. Whether it's a rainy afternoon or a long summer's day, whether you're at home or on a journey, whether you're on your own or with friends, you'll never get bored with this book. Discover how to stage a shadow puppet show, make musical instruments and write your own stories, and lots more projects besides to expand your creativity. Stimulate your brain with riddles, word games and memory puzzles, then learn Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and some Latin words too. Be surprised! Open the book to find board games, a guide to elephant body language, a recipe for 'snow' and instructions for making a loud bang with just a piece of paper.

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Ranger Rick kids' guide to hiking : all you need to know about having fun while hiking

Ranger Rick kids' guide to hiking : all you need to know about having fun while hiking

Olsson, Helen, author
2018

Ranger Rick Kids' Guide to Hiking shows you everything you need to know to have the most amazing hiking experiences! The book includes a real working compass that will help you find your way.

Hiking is more than just a walk in the woods. Every outing is an adventure, and you never know what a hike will bring. By reading this book, you'll learn where to go to hike, when to go, what to wear, and what to bring with you. You'll also learn how to take care of nature and how to stay safe while on the trail. But best of all, this book shows you how you can have the most fun while hiking.

For some kids, hiking itself might be adventure enough. But you can also bring along a nature journal or create land art. Bring a special hiking buddy with you--one who knows lots of good jokes, riddles, and games to pass the time. You can hike with your pooch, and believe it or not, you can even hike with llamas!

The more you know about hiking, the more fun you can have on your adventures. So read the tips in this book at home before you go, and then head for the great outdoors and use the compass to help you find your way. Happy hiking!

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