Are you wondering how to keep your kids busy and entertained in the Summer? When kids get bored, they are either whining all day long or they demand screen time. I am sharing a Sample Daily Summer Schedule for Kids that I follow in our home with my kids. I hope it is helpful for you to set your own.
Summer is the best time of the year for me and my kids. I know I am a rare mom who actually wants her kids around her but the truth is, I really do like them at home. It took me a few crazy summer days to realize that if managed right, Summers can be the best time of the year for quality time and making memories!
No more school. No more getting up super early, getting dressed in record time and racing against the clock. No more tired afternoons and homework headache too! Summer means a relaxed schedule for us.
Related: Read about our School Time Schedule here.
But of course, we need some fun activities to keep busy. I have a general schedule for my kids to make sure that we aren’t just doing Legos all day long.
Kids need schedules!
I don’t know about you, but my kids, if given a chance to be on their own, they will either play the same toy all day or they will be after me for entertainment. It is Lego, or dolls, or sheet tents or splashing in bubbles … if I ask them to read… all the books will scattered all over the home.
Then there is the screen time monsters that keep coming out… enough said.
To counteract this, I set up schedules. The purpose is to let them know what all they can really do. Art, craft, read, write, sensory play, experiments, cook, clean, bathe, eat, screen time (exact time- when and how much!) and learning new things.
Homeschooling in the Summer
Summer is also the time when I try to homeschool my kids on things that we aren’t studying at school through the year. Languages, Moral Science and Geography basically.
We are multilingual family. I teach them two of the four languages that they speak at home. The best time to do it is when the school is out so June to September is when I do it.
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We usually travel all through summer. As we are expats, it means either back home to India or if that has become boring then it is to explore the places we have friends and family – either in the country or outside. Having a flexible routine for kids means, even while we are in different places, we are still studying, learning and enjoying to the fullest.
My aim for having schedule is to make sure that:
- Kids can have the maximum fun without much intervention from my part.
- They feel empowered, confident and creative.
- They spend adequate time studying, playing and exploring.
- I can peacefully work from home without them coming in my way or feeling like I am ignoring them.
- We share household responsibilities so that there is more involvement, contribution and load sharing. Everyone feels part of a team.
Sample Daily Summer Schedule for Kids
Here is what my daily routine looks like. My kids wake up super early. I have deleted the timings because what works for us may not work for you. If you want the exact routine with timings, leave a comment or message me and I’ll send it your way.
- Wake up– I always prefer that kids get up before 8am. My personal experience is that that is their natural body clock. If I delay or let them sleep in, there will be wailing half the day.
- Get dressed and brush their hair– You know how summer is… kids will wear the same pajama the whole week or they will change 20 dresses in just one day! So our rule is that they change into clean clothes every morning, put their nightwear in the laundry and brush their hair every morning. This is also ensures they are wide awake for breakfast.
- Breakfast– after freshening up, we have breakfast right away. Any delay and I can be sure there will be a tantrum
- Free play– While I check my mail, I ask them to play by themselves. We have a range of educational toys, building toys and puzzles for them that they are crazy about.
- Clean up– We clean together as a family. Each child has his/her own set of chores to do. They make their own beds and pick their own stuff. It is faster this way and they know that nothing is getting done if mom is busy cleaning.
- Worksheets, books or organized learning– This is the time I pull out the printable folder which has worksheets, games and learning activities for them. I am always updating or removing papers from these folders to keep them interesting. The days I am working, I have to just hand these to my kids and they will keep at it. The days I am teaching them, we pull out the books.
- Snack break – Usually a fruit some biscuits or cakes with juice or water is enough.
- Kids in the Kitchen– I love having my children in the kitchen. I agree that it is chaotic when they are toddlers but with time, they do become responsible. I have a list of things that they know they can make. Simple dessert for the day, a salad or just grabbing stuff from the fridge and pantry for me is enough for them. They are usually in and out while I cook but generally, we have more talking than actually working.
- Lunch– Noon is usually when we lunch together.
- Nap time or Quiet time (depends on age)- Sometimes the girls are tired and want to roll on their beds, some days they will quietly draw. My son will generally read or build LeGO.
- Craft time– We love paper crafts and origami. Occasionally, I pull out something more fancy like sewing, weaving or building.
- Free play– after we are done making, they need some time to play with their creations. 🙂 I usually catch on my blogging at this time so sometimes, we have screen time where they can ‘work’ too. This is 45minutes only.
- Snack – another round with juice or milk.
- Moral Science / Faith studies – around 4pm is when I like to bring them together to discuss some serious reading. This is when we do Quran and the Manners series or discussions.
- Outdoor play. After about 45 minutes to an hour of studying they need some fresh air. I will let them out to cycle, skate or just run about. Generally, their father comes home so we go to the beach or just take them for a drive.
- Snack time – This will be outside or if we are at home, right after sunset at home.
- Relaxing hour– I leave them with their dad for sometime before dinner while I check my phone.
- Dinner– Dinner is always together complete with dinner time routine that involves chores.
- Bedtime Routine. Our bedtime routine is to clean up the toys, relax with a book, say the prayers and get in bed after good night kisses.
- Bedtime is 8-9pm depending on the child.
This routine works for us even on the days when my kids attend a summer camp in the morning. We just skip everything that we do in the morning. I make the lunch alone.
With a little tweaking, I am sure you will find that it is quite easy to make this routine work for everyone.
Would you like to try this routine with your children?
I have prepared a pretty poster of our schedule. The Sample Daily Summer Routine for Kids is in PDF format. You can print it for your children and hang it up in their room. Children love to know what is expected of them next. They are more willing to cooperate and it avoids outbursts.
The printables pack also contains a blank weekly plan for you or your children (if they are old enough) to fill your daily activities.
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