Here is a list of fun summer preschool activities for your preschooler this summer. These are sure to keep your preschooler busy for hours!
Summer Preschool Activities
Summer is a great time to allow your little one to enjoy the sunshine.
Hands-on learning, fine motor skills, creativity, and sensory play will happen with these great summer activities that can be done inside or out.
There is no need to feel guilty when you set up these activities for your preschooler because he will be learning through play!
101 Summer Activities for Preschoolers
1 – Paint rocks
2 – Blow bubbles
3 – Catch bugs, caterpillars, butterflies, etc.
4 – Pick wildflowers
5 – Go for a nature walk
6 – Collect things from nature and create a picture using sticks, leaves, rocks, and flowers
7 – Throw water balloons at shapes, numbers, or letters written in chalk
8 – Draw with chalk
9 – Put animal figures on paper and trace their shadows
10 – Paint with a ball! Make a long runway with paper and put paint piles down the runway. Roll a ball down the paper to create a picture and to see color mixing in action. This can also be done on a slide.
11 – Play in a sprinkler
12 – Bubble paint by mixing bubble solution and washable watercolors
13 – Paint with ice
14 – Make a foil stream
15 – Create a pool noodle pouring station by attaching pool noodles to the wall and adding a funnel to the top of the pool noodles. Have a shallow bin under the pool noodles to collect the water to be reused.
16 – Go on a color or shape scavenger hunt. Repurpose an old egg carton by labeling each spot with a color or a shape. Have your preschooler put the item that matches into the correct spot.
17 – Make a DIY kaleidoscope
18 – Make homemade ice cream
19 – Create a pinwheel
20 – Freeze action figure or animals in water. Allow your preschooler to figure out how to rescue the items.
21 – Make shaving cream art
22 – Play in the mud
23 – Jump in puddles
24 – Play I Spy
25 – Collect 20 of something — great counting practice 😉
26 – Plant a garden
27 – Make a paper bag puppet
28 – Create a nature suncatcher
29 – Paint on a clear shower curtain
30 – Make a bird bath using things you have at home
31 – Pick up trash around your community
32 – Make tree bark rubbings by wrapping paper around a tree. Rub crayons on the paper.
33 – Make a snack necklace
34 – Create a pet rock
35 – Stack rocks
36 – Play hopscotch
37 – Hammer golf tees into a watermelon
38 – Create stain glass art with contact paper and tissue paper
39 – Create something new out of pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, toilet paper tubes, anything else you have laying around the house.
40 – Make a cleaning station sensory bin to clean toys
41 – Make a stick ladder on the grass
42 – Sponge paint
43 – Make baking soda and vinegar volcanos
44 – Add ice to a water table and play
45 – Make a cardboard tent
46 – Fill a spray bottle with water and create a drawing on a wooden fence or concrete
47 – Paint with a fly swatter
48 – Use a spray bottle filled with water to ‘erase’ numbers or letters written in chalk
49 – Fill a water table with water and pom poms
50 – Build a pretend campfire
51- Make a bird feeder
52- Make a smoothie
53 – Show how sunscreen works by ‘painting’ with it on black paper
54 – Use a pool noodle to keep a balloon from touching the ground
55 – Pick flowers and freeze them in a cup with water. Once frozen to get the flowers out of the ice.
56 – Cook something in a solar oven
57 – Draw a road with chalk and the ‘drive’ on it with toy cars
58 – Make leaf prints using paint and leaves
59 – Play paper plate memory
60 – Go on a scavenger hunt
61 – Make a fairy house
62 – Make a bug hotel
63 – Play freeze dance
64 – Play sink or float
65 – Go pool noodle fishing by cutting up a pool noodle and putting the rings into a kiddie pool. Use a butterfly net to try to get the pool noodle rings out of the pool.
66 – Make and play with sponge balls
67 – Paint on the sidewalk with water
68 – Make salt paintings
69 – Play bingo
70 – Finger paint
71 – Make a rock collection. Use an old egg carton to store them in.
72 – Make a worms and dirt dessert
73 – Make different shapes using rocks. Make it easier by drawing the shapes with chalk and having your kids place the rocks on the lines.
74 – Trace letters, numbers, or shapes using a Q tip and paint. Make it more challenging by writing the items in different colors and having your child match the color paint with the color that it is written in.
75 – Make finger print animals
76 – Paint pasta then make it into a necklace
77 – Paint with a car, tractor, or animal by using it to make tracks
78 – Color a picture
79 – Make a ramp and race cars or balls down it
80 – Use play dough and animals to make “fossils”
81 – Use dry spaghetti and marshmallow to make a tower
82 – Paint with marshmallows
83 – Draw with white crayon or colored pencil on a white paper. Use water color paints to reveal what was written
84 – Make invisible ink pictures
85 – Use mess free painting bags to practice color mixing. Then practice writing letters, numbers, shapes, or drawing pictures.
86 – Make homemade lemonade
87 – Bake a treat for a loved one
88 – Draw a picture for someone you love
89 – Build a fort
90 – Have a picnic
91 – Use anything but a paint brush to paint
92 – Do a puzzle
93 – Build something with blocks
94 – Make dinosaur feet for your child to wear. Use cardboard to make huge feet. Allow your child to decorate.
95 – Go “ice skating” by placing paper plates under your feet
96 – Make homemade play dough. Try using dandelions to color it.
97 – Investigate flowers (sunflowers work great!)
98 – Make a mini marshmallow launcher
99 – Help cook dinner
100 – Place colored sheets of paper on the floor. Find items around the house that match the colors. Place the items on the paper. Set a timer to make it more fun!
101 – Make a cereal tower. Place dry spaghetti standing up around a pile of play dough. Have your kids put the circular cereal (or beads) onto the dry spaghetti creating a tower.
Activities for Preschoolers to do in the Summer
This list has many ideas which will keep your preschooler busy for hours. Enjoy the sunshine and trying out some of these summer preschool activities.