10 End of Summer Ideas

Summer is winding down. Time to celebrate! Here are 10 end-of-summer ideas that can be educational (or just fun) to celebrate the end of summer:

1. Make a backyard tent.

Back in the day (way back), we always had a backyard tent. Ours was homemade, of course. We simply put old lawn chairs on their sides in an interesting pattern and threw a blanket over the top.

There are many ways to create a backyard tent — but creating the tent is half of the fun!

  • Use an old, large cardboard box. Your kids can draw the doors and windows on the box, which you can then cut out for them.
  • Grab three old brooms or broom handles and tie them together at the top to create a teepee. Pin a blanket around the structure at the top.
  • If weather is a problem, use the kitchen table and an oversized tablecloth to create an indoor play tent.
  • If all else fails, end-of-summer is a great time to purchase a premade play tent!

2. Melt s’mores over the campfire.

Sure, you can do it the old-fashioned way with chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

Or try the newer (less messy) way: Campfire Cones!

3. Create a backyard scavenger hunt.

We love these things:

4. Hang up a tire swing.

I cannot count the hours I spent on a tire swing in the summer! Since there tends to not be a shortage of old tires around, it is probably best to use those first. But if you cannot locate one, you can purchase a new one online.

The easiest way to hang your new tire is by using a rope. Use a good knot!

You’ll find complete instructions at BobVila.com

5. Make a butterfly garden.

Easy to do and fun to watch.

6. Make a fruity snack.

Watermelon science, anyone?

7. Bird watch.

How many birds can you spot from your backyard tent? Use this birds checklist from the National Wildlife Federation to keep track.

8. Enjoy a favorite family read aloud.

Homer Price

Can you all fit in the tent? Or around the tire swing? Or around the campfire eating s’more cones? Or maybe just under the stars by flashlight.


9. Commemorate summer.

Forget the What-I-Did-This-Summer essay. Here are other inventive ways to record the fun:

10. Look ahead.

Rejuvenate This Summer

Have each child create a personal fall bucket list. What types of things are they looking forward to?

And don’t forget to look ahead yourself. What is the one big thing you want to accomplish this fall?

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking: Rejuvenate This Summer.

Additional Resources

34 Things to Do With Your Preschooler
Lots of ideas here that will work for end-of-summer.

12 Ways to Keep Learning Over the Summer
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Summer: Yet 24 More Ways to Keep 'em Learning!

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