I used my trusty Bullet Journal to plan some screen-free summer activities for kids (and grownups). Get ready to unplug and live your best summer ever!
Screen-Free Summer Activities to Beat the Boredom |
June is here, and we’ve definitely noticed at my house. My kids are out of school for the summer, which means I have extra noise, fights, “No-he-did-it”s, and the legendary: “Mom, I’m BORED!”
With a full-time blog, a book to write, my closest family a thousand miles away, and two kids out of school, summers have a tendency to turn me into a one-woman circus. I know I’m not the only mom who is tempted to send her kids away with a tablet just for a little peace and quiet. Real talk: I’ve caved to screens more times than I care to admit. So, I sat down with my journal to brainstorm some screen-free summer activities. My doodle page sparked even more ideas, so I just kept going.
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Many items on this list are independent activities (depending on the age of your kids), but others are fun ways to connect with friends or family away from electronics.
Even if you don’t have kids, chances are you spend too much time on electronic devices, too. I know I do! Between the blog, email, and social media, it feels like I spend half the day buried in my phone. This list is for grownups just as much as it is for kids.
Summer is too precious to waste on screens!
My Summer Activities Bullet Journal Brainstorm Page
This project began, as so many do, with a page in my Bullet Journal. I brainstormed some fun ways to unplug with the kids. I don’t always brainstorm in doodles; in fact, I usually prefer simple lists. Summer seemed like a great time to celebrate color and creativity.
I quickly realized I needed 2 lists: activities the kids can do alone (when I’m occupied), and activities we can do together. My goal is to always have an alternative to electronics on deck. No waiting!
After I made my journal pages above, I decided I needed some simple activities on hand for those “Mom, I’m bored” moments. I worked up this list of activities for quick redirects. Older kids will be able to manage most of these alone. Use your best judgement if you have younger kids.
- Do a puzzle
- Blow bubbles outside
- Run in the sprinklers
- Read a book
- Build a blanket fort
- I’m Bored Activity Cards
- Play outdoor yard dominoes
- Start a sticker book
- Write and draw in a journal
- Paint on a canvas
- Go on a backyard safari. Don’t forget your field notes!
- Build a Lego castle
- Learn hand lettering
- Fly a kite
- Create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece
- Write a letter to someone far away
- Study the night sky
- Jump rope
- Play with marbles, jacks, or learn yo-yo tricks
- Learn to tie sailing knots
- Make an improvised instrument
- Ride a bike
- Find butterflies and bugs
- Make up a song
- Create your own comic book
- Find and press wildflowers
- Create a fairy garden
- Paint a pet rock
- Learn Cat’s Cradle
- Do Yoga Pretzel Cards
While the list above is to keep the kids occupied, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t “getting rid” of the kids all summer. The activities below are great ways to unplug as a family or circle of friends. Go nuts!
- Host a board game tournament: Hit all the classics like Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, Battleship, and Life.
- Start a club
- Put together a scavenger hunt
- Host a murder mystery barbecue
- Set up a lemonade stand
- Host a stargazing party
- Go on a road trip
- Slip n’ Slide
- Host a Mad Hatter Tea Party
- Go to a baseball game
- Organize a neighborhood theater production (outdoor)
- Make homemade ice cream
- Play Ultimate Twister
- Backyard camping
- Start a rainbow (veggie) garden
- Go to the zoo
- Make old-fashioned sundaes
- Put on a puppet show
- Go on a picnic
- Make a bonfire
- Piggyback ride races
- Water balloon fight
- Climb a mountain
- Leave happy quotes in random places
- Flash mob
- Be a tourist in your own town
- Play croquet with lawn flamingos
- Catch fireflies and release them
- Do a color run
- Go berry picking
Oh, no! Did I miss your favorite summer activities? Drop me a comment below to share your tips for ditching electronics this summer.
Brainstorm with me!