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28 Fun and Healthy Activities for Summer

Our motto at Kids Yoga Stories is “moving, learning, and having fun.” This is especially important during the summer months, considering research shows the impact of summer months on learning loss and weight gain.

As a former teacher and now as a mom, I also know how important it is to “keep it simple” when planning your kids’ learning experiences. Here are a few other things to consider when deciding how to get your children learning and active this summer:

  • Choose activities that are easy to set up
  • Cater to your child’s learning style and interests
  • Allow the learning to happen organically
  • Encourage movement, which naturally activates the brain
  • Get involved yourself if they need a boost
  • Give them free time to explore and play

I asked a few Kid Blogger friends for fun and healthy summer activities. Below you’ll find their ideas under the categories of language, mathematics, first concepts, and physical education.

28 Healthy Activities to Move, Learn, and Have Fun This Summer:

 

Nine Language Learning fun and healthy activities for summer >> compiled by Kids Yoga Stories

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Nine fun and healthy activities to learn about the alphabet, letter sounds, sight words, and reading:

Hop, skip, and jump to all the alphabet chalk letters, It’s a Long Story

Learn to identify sounds with this soccer interactive reading game, JDaniel4’s Mom

Learn the alphabet with yoga poses for kids, Kids Yoga Stories

Learn letters with summer ice bowling, Therapy Fun Zone

Read Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider and throw magnetic letters into a spiderweb, Growing Book by Book

Read Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider and create a yarn spiderweb, Rainy Day Mum

Practice sight words through a water balloon phonetics game, Mess for Less

Review letter sounds and recognition with this Bean Bag Toss letter game, True Aim Education

Learn about the garden with Eric Carle books and garden yoga poses for kids, Kids Yoga Stories

 

Six fun and healthy activities to learn Mathematics this summer >> compiled by Kids Yoga Stories

MATHEMATICS

Six fun and healthy activities to learn about numbers:

Learn numbers with a water balloon number blast game, Little Bins for Little Hands

Practice numbers with this number nature scavenger hunt, Makeovers & Motherhood

Get kids moving with these fun exercise games for kids involving counting and paper plates, Meaningful Mama

Practice numbers with this outdoor number recognition game, Danya Banya

Have fun with numbers, Denise Fleming books, and yoga poses for kids, Kids Yoga Stories

Practice counting with this Human Board Game, True Aim Education

 

 

Four fun and healthy activities to learn First Concepts this summer >> compiled by Kids Yoga Stories

 

FIRST CONCEPTS

Four fun and healthy activities to learn about colors, prepositions, and senses:

Learn colors with these simple Ping-Pong ball throwing games, Craftulate

Practice propositions with this motor skills game, Tot Schooling

Learn colors with this grow motor color game using plastic cones, Simple Fun for Kids

Gather flowers to create a sensory bin and then make natural perfume, Camilla and Roman

 

 

9 fun and healthy activities to practice Physical Education this summer >> compiled by Kids Yoga Stories

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Nine fun and healthy activities to get children into action:

Create an outdoor activity jar with various activities painted on rocks, KCEventures

Learn about farm animals through farmyard-themed outdoor party games, Adventures of Adam

Learn about zoo animals through yoga poses for kids, Kids Yoga Stories

Set up your own Toddler Olympics in the backyard, Rainy Day Mum

Play water balloon games with your children, Artsy Momma

Learn about your child’s animal friends through yoga poses for kids, Kids Yoga Stories

Enjoy this list of nine gross motor activities, Mosswood Connections

Jump, skip, and hop on this Pirate Treasure Hunt, Life with Moore Babies

Take a pretend trip to Africa and act out African animals through yoga poses for kids, Kids Yoga Stories

 

What are some of your favorite ways to combine movement, learning, and having fun?!

 

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15 Responses to 28 Fun and Healthy Activities for Summer

  1. Karen S. June 21, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    These are great ideas to keep us busy this summer.

  2. Theres Just One Mommy June 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    So many great ideas!

  3. The Preschool Toolbox June 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Wonderful Round-up and great resource area! Nice job!

  4. Heather Meek June 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    I want to incorporate Yoga into my classroom routine next year. These are great links!
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

  5. Vesper June 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    like an activity that helps with maths

  6. Michelle Cannon June 24, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    This is a fantastic index of educational ideas!

  7. Mary P June 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

    The Very Busy Spider is one of our favorite books — love the crafts to go with it.

  8. Debra Holloway June 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Clearly you have put a great deal of time and effort into this project, thank you so very much. Love our thoughts and ideas on summer activities, especially creating a spider web out of yarn. Thanks for the awesome resource links.

  9. Michelle L July 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Thank you for the chance., sounds like interesting ideas for games and teaching material.

  10. David Smith July 6, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    Cool ideas for kids to keep them busy learning and active too

  11. jessica July 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Joanne Higgins July 8, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    more fab ideas, your so clever 😉 xx

  13. Joanna L July 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    I like the jar with various activities painted on rocks.

  14. Jasmine P July 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Great post!

  15. Kids Yoga Stories LLC July 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Thanks so much to everyone for your encouraging comments! Have fun this summer with your children! Let us know if you try out any of these activities. We’d love to hear about your experiences. Giselle

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