78 Creative Summer Homeschool Activities For Kids

Since our first Camp Lars post, where we compiled our favorite kids activities from the archives, we’ve been thinking about ways we can help you and your kids have a fun, meaningful summer! As the time spent at home before school starts again continues, the need for new projects grows too! And what about helping your kids gear up for a new school year come fall? Summer can be a great opportunity to get your kids ahead and excited to learn. That’s where these summer homeschool activities come in!

The entire reason we are promoting crafting during this time is we know the power of creating. Keeping your kids’ hands and minds busy can help improve their focus and stimulate their imaginations. We understand not everyone has loads of time on their hands, let alone the energy to wrangle your kids to clean up their “artistic process.” This post is for the days when you need something simple, clean, and work-free! Below you will find favorite summer homeschool activities for kids that promote learning, curiosity, imagination, and of course, COLOR – without any work (or batteries) needed.

Just hand your kids one of these kits, books, or puzzles, and take a break! You deserve it!

Explore our favorite at-home homeschool activities for your summer creativity!

DIY matisse felt board for kids

Arts & Crafts Kits

Before you start imagining your freshly organized craft drawer getting messed up, DON’T WORRY! These crafts below come with everything your child will need to learn a new skill and make something amazing! All in one tidy kit. We like the sound of that!

What’s on your kid’s schedule today? Become a collage artist, learn how to tie dye, or try your hand at embroidery!

Learn something new over the summer!

Keep homeschooling interested with mixing up the normal subjects! Math isn’t your forte? Now is the perfect time to get your kids excited about new topics like art history, gardening, meteorology, design theory, and more! The resources below will help!

Make homeschool exciting

Though some of you might be loving having your kids at home all the time, trying to find creative ways to help them keep learning over the summer might not be going as well as you had hoped. Below are some helpful tools to keep their math and geography knowledge as sharp as ever until they go back to school in the fall. Because as easy as it is to plop your kids down to watch an endless amount of movies over the summer, it’s definitely not ideal for their cognitive development. These ideas will still give you the breather you need, but will also give your kids productive and stimulating ways to spend their time that don’t involve a screen.


Favorite creative books for kids during quarantine

Need some screen-free entertainment to hand out? Your kids could be quite the bookworms by the end of the summer! Here are some of our favorites:

rainbow toys and activities for kids of all ages

Keep your hands busy and your mind clear!

We’ll say it again for the people in the back – KEEP YOUR HANDS BUSY. We promise it will help. If you have already finished all the puzzles at your house, these puzzles and games will keep you busy for a while!

Get outside!

Have you heard of the game Kubb before? It’s an ancient Scandinavian yard game that, legend has it, kept the Vikings entertained for hours. We feel you Vikings–it’s definitely been keeping us entertained for the past few weeks! Buy your own set here and play with the entire family!

More Resources

Loved this post on summer homeschool activities and need more kid-friendly things to do this summer? Try this DIY custom puzzle, fusible plastic bags, and be sure to check out this compilation of kids activities.


  1. OMG I love these tips! The reading books one is something I’ve been trying so I can help build a habit for my kids to read more and more. It also helps me get into reading because I’m not the best reader myself. Going outside has been kinda hard especially when kids feel lazy but it works best when I make it sound like an adventure for them!

    Great article Brittany! Love these tips

  2. Amazing ideas, Brittany!! With all the work at my office in hand, I have not been spending enough time with my 4 year old. But now I am trying to be with him more at this stage of his life. And these ideas for homeschooling is really amazing. I am going to use them. Thank you for sharing these.


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