Educational Activities for Summertime Learning


Even if you are not in classroom mode, learning can take place year round in your homeschool in and out of the home. Summer is no exception. There are many activities that stimulate your child’s brain and imagination that are fun as well and make great Educational Activities for Summertime Learning.

7 ideas for educational activities you can do this summer in your homeschool. Keep the kids learning year-round, but still enjoy the summer!

Educational Activities for Summertime Learning

Field Trips

Field trips can take place just about anywhere from your favorite local zoo to the newspaper office. Not only can a local day trip be an educational experience but it is fun as well. Who knows —  it may lead to a future career or at least a hobby. {If you’ve blogged about any of your field trips, link them up here!}

Library Visits

Not only is it a great place to get out of the house, cool off and escape rising summer temps, but you can lose yourself in the books, check out movies, and listen to storytime or join the summer book clubs they often offer. Make it a point to add a challenge to your library visits — encourage your child to read 5 books a week, find a book about a subject they are interested in, etc.

Nature study/walks

Every time you step out into your own backyard, visit the local park, or make a trip to a state park you can open up your child’s world for learning. Learn about local wildlife, foliage, weather, bugs, and more. Tuck a field guide into your backpack the next time you head out and make it an even richer learning experience. Read more in this post about connecting your child with nature.


Sometimes you just have to avoid the heat and that means hiding away in the house with the air conditioner on full blast. This is the perfect time to break out the tablets that you put a time limit on and take advantage of the fun and educational aspect they offer.

Board Games

If you don’t already have one, summer is a great time to institute a family game night. Even fun games like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Yahtzee open up the door to all kinds of learning. You can find some ideas for math games in this post.

Science experiments

I don’t think many kids would turn down the experience of watching things blow up, bubble over, or change form. Find some fun experiments like the Mentos and Diet Coke geyser or Ice Excavating. Fun and learning can go hand in hand, even in the summer! {Check out this post about making your own volcano, too. We do this outside during the summer every year.}

Sidewalk Chalk

Instead of boring old summer review in a workbook, practice math, spelling, geography, or art with sidewalk chalk. Set out some specific challenges for your child like calling out spelling words or math problems for them to solve.

Any of these activities can break the monotony of routine and set a more relaxed tone for your summer homeschooling.

What summertime educational activities do you enjoy?


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Sara (327 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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