Fun Summer Activities for Kids

May 27, 2024 · by LaDonna Harrell

It’s almost summertime! A time for water games, ice cream, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and playing outside until dark. I love seeing the fireflies at dusk while my little boy plays to his heart’s content. I love summer and all things that come along with it. 

Except…heat, humidity, and mosquitos! If you live in the south, you know what I mean.

If you enjoy doing all of these things as well but are having a hard time coming up with some fun activities to do with your kiddos, I’m giving you a few fun summer activities for kids.

I hope that you will find a few things to do from this article that will keep your kids having a blast all summer long and have tons of fun while doing these activities!

 It’s time to get outside and have some fun!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint:

The supplies you will need for this fun activity are

  • cornstarch

  • food coloring

  • water

  • a muffin pan

  • paintbrushes

Making your own sidewalk chalk paint is easy. It only requires a couple of common household ingredients, so pretty much anyone can do it!

Step 1: Start by mixing together equal amounts of water and cornstarch in a large bowl or mixing container, and stir until the cornstarch dissolves.
Note that it may be a bit difficult to stir the cornstarch and water mixture at first, but it will get easier as you keep stirring and the cornstarch begins to dissolve. Add a little bit more water as necessary to thin the paint.

Step 2: Divide the paint mixture into equal parts into the wells of a muffin tin or small bowls.

Step 3: Add a small amount of food coloring (start with 1-2 drops) to achieve the desired color. Note that the colors will dry much lighter on the sidewalk than they appear in the tin!

Step 4: Go outside and enjoy painting!

Make Ice Cream in a Bag:

This recipe is super simple – just 5 ingredients to make it work – and the kids will have a blast watching their milk mixture turn into ice cream right before their eyes. It’s a great activity for summer camp, birthday parties, and even camping!


  • 4 cups Ice

  • 1 cup rock salt

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 quart sized freezer bag

  • 1 gallon freezer bag


Add the milk, sugar, and vanilla into the quart sized freezer bag. Seal tightly. Put ice and salt into gallon sized bag and place the milk mixture bag inside. Seal tightly. Now for the fun part! Shake, shake, shake your ice cream...keep shaking!

Continue shaking for 3-4 minutes or until ice cream is firm. Scoop out of the bag and place it in a bowl. Now, you’re going to add some sprinkles or your favorite topping.

Rainbow Slime

Here is what you need:

  • 4 oz. Washable Elmer’s Glue
  • 1 Tablespoon Saline Solution
  • ½ Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • Rainbow Sprinkles


Step 1: Pour all the glue into a medium-size bowl.

Step 2: Add ½ Tablespoon of baking soda and stir. Then add 1 Tablespoon of saline solution and mix well. You might have to take it out and knead it for a minute.

Step 3: Once the saline solution is mixed in, add the sprinkles and fold/mix in.

Step 4: It’s ready to play with! After playing with it for a bit, the sprinkles will dissolve, and you can add more.

Have Fun playing with your homemade rainbow slime!

Gourmet S’Mores Party

A s’mores bar is pretty easy to set up, and the ingredients' list can be as basic or super gourmet as you want.

Begin by creating your Gourmet S’mores Bar with: four flavors of marshmallows, 5 types of chocolates, 3 delicious spreads and 3 types of crackers to create unlimited flavor combinations for your own gourmet s’mores!

A few ingredients can be:

  • MARSHMALLOWS: chocolate marshmallows, coconut marshmallows, caramel vanilla marshmallows, and traditional marshmallows

  • CHOCOLATES: peanut butter cups, Butterfinger cups, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cookies, and cream chocolate

  • SPREADS: salted caramel peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, cookie butter

  • CRACKERS: graham crackers, butter crackers, and vanilla wafer cookies

S’mores Party Supplies:

  • skewers

  • plates

  • knives

  • serving trays and bowls

  • wet wipes

  • trash can

Make as many wonderful combinations as you want and just have fun! You never know what combinations of flavors you may fall in love with.

Glow in the Dark Bowling

Here is what you will need:

  • 10 water bottles

  • 10 glow sticks in a variety of colors

  • Soccer ball

Remove any labels from your water bottles. If water bottles are new and still contain water, pour out a little off the top to allow for the glow stick you’ll be adding.

Crack the glow sticks to activate them and drop one glow stick in each bottle. Replace the lid on the bottle securely.

Line bottles up like bowling pins. The back row should have 4 pins, the next row will have 3, next 2, and 1 at the front.

Set a mark of where the children should bowl from and have fun bowling!

Glow in the Dark Bowling is a fun game that can be played year round and will provide plenty of giggles and smiles.

As you can see…there are plenty of activities that can be done to keep your kiddos occupied during the upcoming summer months. Have FUN!!

LaDonna Harrell

About LaDonna Harrell

LaDonna Harrell lives in Magnolia, AR with her amazing husband and wonderful son. She loves to travel around the Unites States with her family, reading, being a mom and wife, playing the piano, decorating, and studying God's Word. Being a southerner, LaDonna's love for hospitality, decorating and southern charm shines through. She enjoys hosting Women's Bible Study luncheon's in her home. She and her husband work in many areas of their church, including teaching a Biblical Finance Class, and enjoy being "hands-on" in the ministry and Kingdom of God. She is the owner of the blog Faith Family and Miracles, where she provides resources and speaks to woman about real life issues of being a Godly mom and wife. Follow LaDonna on Facebook at facebook.com/faithfamilyandmiracles

Website: www.faithfamilyandmiracles.com