Inexpensive Summer Activities That Don’t Involve the Screen

Inexpensive Summer Activities That Don’t Involve the Screen

As mothers, we tend to try and find ways to entertain and spend time with our kids when school is out for the Summer. There are so many activities, and we all know the less screen time the better. Here are 10 inexpensive activities that the kids love and get us through these long summer days.

  1. Play Dress Up

My kids love playing dress up. Whether it is Disney, Marvel, or Nick Jr. characters they always ask to go in the chest of costumes! We find costumes from amazon and the kids even ask for more costumes for Christmas and Birthdays.

2.  Go Berry Picking

We always plan to pick berries! The kids LOVE fruit and picking strawberries and blueberries are their favorite. With family in South Carolina, we also tend to pick fresh peaches. Picking berries also helps children with their fine motor skills

3.  Riding Bikes

My kids love riding bikes and are all at different stages of riding. So having mom and dad help them ride, gives us quality time together and a lifelong skill. 

4.  Cooking with the Kids

Having the kids help me cook is one of my favorite ways to spend time with them. Getting the kids involved helps them follow directions, learn how to cook, and see different ingredients react with each other. 

5.  Have a Picnic

Children need routine and structure, but also like when things change up a bit, so having lunch outside is a perfect way to break up the monotony of those summer days. Pack whatever you like and go to a park or have a nice picnic in the backyard.

6.  Make a Splash

Summer is here and my children love to be where the water is. Whether it is a sprinkler, water slide, pool, or splash pad, the kids never turn down the opportunity to play in the water. 


6.  Have Fun with Puzzles and Board Games

As the kids have become older, their interest in puzzles and board games has grown. I love watching the children’s minds work when seeing a puzzle come together or counting when playing Trouble. They have even dabbled in Clue, which is one of my favorites.

7.  Build a Fort

Building a fort has been a pastime for kids of generations, and my kids are no exception. My kids love building forts and creating their own little city under. This is definitely an inexpensive way to keep the kids entertained!


8.  Arts and Crafts

When the school year is over, we usually have left over paint, markers, crayons, and paper so why don’t we put it to use. My daughter loves art and making things so it’s usually me having to pull her away from the arts and crafts. Buying supplies can be expensive, but using what you have around the house is easy.

9.  Go for a Walk

Going for a walk is completely free! In my neighborhood we have walking trails so we love to walk them. We teach them about different plants, bugs, and animals. They also learn how to stay alert and practice a safe environment when walking and touching things. Always remember to take water!


Mujaahadeanah Pohlheber
Hi! I am a wife, a mother of three and NICU nurse born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I married my husband and have been growing my family for the past 6 years. I enjoy playing tennis, guitar, listening to music and traveling in my free time. My dedication in helping others as a NICU nurse and a volunteer in the community allows me to continue to meet those seeking help with motherhood. As a mother of three young children, I am continuing to navigate motherhood, and while doing so I have gained the ability to be brave, resilient, and strong.


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