I know summer is supposed to be fun and fancy free, but don’t you ever feel completely overwhelmed at the idea of having your kids at home with you 24/7?
I’ll be the first to admit it. I do.
Which is why it’s good to have a backup plan to the simple declaration, “This will be a great summer!”
And I don’t mean the backup plan of sending them away to a three month summer camp. (Although, there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s just not very budget-friendly.)
Lucky for you I’ve found 10 ways for you to make your own summer camp at home! And best of all, these ideas leave plenty of time for kids to roam free, catch fireflies, get their toes muddy and run you ragged. (Note: this post contains affiliate links.)
Camp Mom: A summer activities pack for a budget friendly summer camp at home. Includes over 80 activity ideas, planning sheets, supply lists, adventure trip ideas, reading recommendations, and tips for squabbling siblings – basically everything you need.
Activity plans for 5 weeks of playing and learning with your kids. Super easy ideas for a low-stress but fun summer. There are different plans for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, complete with extra-handy go-to lists. This is one of my top recommendations for moms and dads who want to spend quality activity time with their kids, but don’t want to do a lot of prep work. Less prep equals more fun in my humble opinion!
DIY math camp: 6 weeks of budget friendly learning ideas. My fellow blogger and I put together two mathematics-based activities each week. Ideas range from snack-engineering (and eating) to games to art projects.
Library summer challenge. My friend Bethany and I put together a relaxed plan for parents and families to learn about all the secrets your local library holds, plus how to get more FUN out of library trips. It even includes a scavenger hunt!
DIY summer science camp for kids. A fellow blogger and I put together this at home camp. 8 weeks of fun, with 2 easy projects per week so you don’t feel you have to do a ton of planned activities to have fun.
STEAM summer camp! Kids will love projects like paper helicopters, ice cream lab, electric crowns, lemon volcanoes and more!
Low stress summer fun for kids. Don’t over plan, but do have a strategy and a list of last minute ideas to try.
Around the world summer camp. Lots of camp lesson plans to fill your kids’ summer with multicultural learning.
Mad scientist camp. A science based camp by the blogger at Little Bins for Little Hands.
Secret spy school summer camp. Spend a week solving mysteries with your kids
And OF COURSE, you can develop your own summer camp at home using the enticing books and activities we share in our weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to that little gem right here.