Summer is here (or almost here for some of you) and that means even more days of keeping your kids entertained at home!
I’ve collected 20 of my favorite resources for keeping your kids engaged and interested over the next few months in ways that are fun and creative.
I hope this list helps make your summer a little more manageable this year!
19 Ways to Keep Your Child Entertained and Engaged This Summer
- REVOLUTION MATH. I LOVE Revolution Math and we’ve been doing it for nearly two years. It’s real-time weekly math classes that are story-based and very engaging. I’ve heard from so many of my readers who love it for their advanced child AND for their struggling child. You can sign up for a month for $5 right here (this $1 deal is ending in a few weeks, so if you’ve been on the fence, sign up now and you can always cancel after your $1 month). I wrote a whole post about it here and I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially for keeping math skills up in a FUN way over the summer.
- CREATIVE GIRLS CLUB. You get two craft kits for $3.98 (plus $5.95 of shipping) which is a crazy good deal and perfect now that school is out and we’re still mostly at home. That’s 80% off and they are geared toward girls ages 7-12. They also have a Young Wood Workers kit that’s 50% off (making it $9.99!) if that’s more up your child’s alley. Use the code SHARE50.
- SUMMER READING CHART. If your library is closed down through the summer or not hosing their annual summer reading challenge, this printable summer reading chart is the perfect (FREE) way to do your own at home!
- KIWI CRATES. You already know HOW much I love these STEM projects that show up right at your doorstep with all the supplies you need for several projects. My 3 and 5 year old get the Koala Crates, Ani (age 7) gets the Kiwi Crate and Ella (9) loves the Tinker Crate and the Doodle Crate. You can use this link to get 30% off any of the lines!
- SNACK CAMP. This free virtual week-long cooking camp is hosted by my friend Emily (who has a crazy amazing food blog) and I cannot wait!
- WATERCOLOR CLASS FOR KIDS. We bought this video watercolor class for Ani for Christmas and it’s SO good. It’s super affordable and you can use the code JANSSEN15 for 15% off. I also listed the supplies we bought from Amazon in this post. There is also an adult version if your child is a little older.
- EVERYWHERE BOOK FEST. This was a major digital author event that was put on at the beginning of the month and now you can watch all the recorded sessions for free! They feature authors like Grace Lin and Nic Stone, YA authors and picture book illustrators, and I can’t wait to watch some of them with my girls!
- RAISING WONDER ART LESSONS. The author and illustrator of Lola Dutch created 35 daily drawing videos grouped around weekly themes to teach drawing skills! Sign up here and you’ll have access to them all forever! She also has a Weekly Nature Camp for the summer!
- MY FIRST COOKBOOK. I’ve looked at my fair share of kid cookbooks over the past decade and this is far and away my favorite. It has beautiful step-by-step photos, recipes your child would actually want to make and eat, and, as you would expect from America’s Test Kitchen, flawless results.
- STOP MOTION CLASS. This is such a fun skill to learn (plus it takes tons of time!) and this class is free – just share this post on IG and she’ll send you a code to access it for free!
- EPIC! This is the largest digital library for children and it’s free for 30 days. Some of the books will read aloud to your child while they look at the images which is extra fun.
- GLOBAL CHILDREN’S BOOK CLUB. My amazing friend Preethi organized this virtual book club that helps children appreciate and understand other countries and cultures over the summer, either through picture books or chapter books. I can’t wait to participate with my girls!
- ABCMOUSE. We’ve been using this for the last year and my girls LOVE it. It’s aimed at kids 2-8, has no ads, and a full range of games from math and reading to colors and shapes. You can get a free month here or a 3 month subscription for $9.95. There is also Adventure Academy for kids 8-13 with programs around science, math, reading, etc. You can get a free month trial here or a 3 month subscription for $9.99.
- CODE.ORG. Both of my older girls use this free coding program which is project based and broken down by age level. So good and so fun.
- CAMP CANDLEWICK. You may know Candlewick for their fantastic books (they publish Mercy Watson and Princess in Black among others), and this summer they’re hosting a 12 week online reading camp with groups divided into four different “cabins” by age with shared reads, activities, and virtual events with authors and illustrators.
- COSMIC KIDS YOGA. This is yoga like you haven’t seen it before. Story-based yoga practice is such a genius idea and great for when you’re stuck inside but need to stretch a bit! There are so many options on their YouTube channel and it’s free!
- TYPING CLUB. Ella used this free program when we homeschooled to learn to type and she still loves practicing on it. I’ll be using it with Ani for the next few weeks too! Nitro Type is also a really fun one that’s like racing cars around a track. Ella LOVES this one.
- CARIBU. Have you heard of this? My friend Sara shared it with me and it’s free all summer – it’s an app that lets you read books, cook or play games together over video chat. It’s so brilliant! Perfect for grandparents or play dates.
- SHELF STUFF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE. This is hosted by Harper Collins for middle grade readers (approximately ages 8-12) with weekly challenges, quizzes, and prizes. Sign me up.
Any other favorite suggestions for keeping summer boredom at bay? I’d love it if you shared!