With summer vacation fast approaching, I’m starting to build myself a little ‘arsenal’ of ideas for those days when we need something just a bit more. These 75+ Summer Activities for Kids or Families will definitely come in handy those times when the kids want a change, and even Mom and Dad like a little more excitement! Also check out our list of 75+ MORE Summer Activities. (originally shared May 2018 – sharing again as summer is coming and we all could use great ideas!)
Summer break from school is all fun and games – until the kids say those dreaded words “I’m bored.” For a fun party game or activity for any day, print this cute summer bingo game. It’s fun for a group of elementary-aged children.
There’s been a lot of nostalgia about the old-fashioned lazy days of summer going around. When I was a kid, I spent a lot of my summer time playing outdoors with my brothers, sister, and neighbors.
We also spent a lot of time indoors playing board games.
Of course, there were often battles about who was cheating at Monopoly, but we had a lot of fun. I think one of the best benefits of board games is that the kids are learning.
Board games are a great way to avoid the “summer slide” by practicing reading and math skills. Playing games with others also teaches kids to be fair, follow rules, and win or lose graciously.
These are definitely skills I want my own kids to keep practicing!
On my own blog, One Mama’s Daily Drama, I’ll be doing a Christmas in July feature with a free printable kids’ game every Wednesday throughout the month of July. Today for Busy Mom’s Helper readers, I want to share a fun printable summer bingo game.
This printable summer bingo game includes 4 bingo boards and 24 cards. I’ve also included the instructions on a cover page.
Traditional bingo has one person being the caller, who picks the numbers out of a tumbler. For this version, the cards are placed face down and one person flips over the top card.
All of the words have a summer theme. They’re appropriate for elementary readers, but older kids may enjoy playing too.
Click to download: Summer Bingo Game
Print the game on regular 8-1/2”x11” card stock. Cut out the boards and cards. You can print extra boards if you’ve got more than four players.
We used M&Ms for playing pieces, but anything small that won’t roll away will work. Use buttons, mancala marbles, or pieces from another game.
For more fun summer activities to print:
We have about 2 weeks left in the school year, then it’s summer vacation. I haven’t decided yet if I’m excited to have my kids around more, or terrified. Probably a bit of both, if I’m honest! Luckily it’s easier to help them stay in touch with their friends with these Summer Break Keep in Touch Printables for School Kids. These will make it super simple to stay in touch to plan playdates and such during their time out of school.
Since I don’t want them giving our phone number and email out to just random people, I’ll of course be helping them hand these to their school friends. Another option is to give blank ones to your friends so they can ask their mom/dad to fill in their info so YOU can call/email to set up a playdate.
I did four different designs because, as you know, kids can be really picky as to what they do or don’t like! Or maybe they want to give a different design depending on the friend. Whichever, you can just download and print whichever ones you want – they do 4 to a page, and our roughly 4.25 inches in size if you print them on 8.5×11 paper. Not exactly, but whatever.
Download your Keep in Touch Printables Here
Don’t forget to write your child’s name on there, maybe even yours (since it’s often the parents who do the contacting) so the friend knows who it is.