Four Fun Free (Or Almost Free) Summer Learning Activities

As a homeschool mom, you want to make the most of summer learning activities. But you also want your kids to have fun over the summer. So, what’s a homeschool mom to do? Here are four fun and free (or almost free) summer learning activities.

“Yes! It's summer school!”

Ever had your young kids get excited about learning throughout the summer? I've heard the actual quote from above! When summer learning is fun, kids can get excited about it.

Taking a journey through Ancient Egypt, delving into the workings of the human body, and mapping our neighborhood: these are just a few of the fun things we've done in our homeschool over the summer.

There were also:

  • Fun field trips
  • Library programs
  • Daily singing and dancing
  • Crafting
  • Science experiments
  • Lapbooking
  • And much more!

When my children were younger, we homeschooled year round. But we didn’t keep a “regular” school schedule in the summer. Instead, I liked to use summer for fun summer learning activities that were different from our normal routine. In other words, I wanted the kids to feel as if they were having a summer break-like the neighborhood children- but still keep them learning and maintain some structure and routine that kept us all sane.

So, what’s a mom to do when she wants to plan summer fun as well as learning for the kids? Here are four of the fun and free (or almost free) summer learning activities that have worked well for us over the years.

Free summer learning activities

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. All opinions are always my own.

*And make sure you read to the bottom of the post to find lots of free summer learning activities from Homeschool Buyers Club, as well as some great deals on early learning programs and free gifts!*


Use unit studies for summer learning.

I love using unit studies in our homeschool. And I love the idea of school that is completely delight-directed or interest-led. But I’ll admit that the structured, control side of me comes out and begins to worry about whether we’ll “cover all the material” if we homeschool that way. I compromise by using a balance of more fun studies that the kids have expressed interest in and a literature-based, more traditional curriculum that follows a classical history cycle. Summer is the perfect time for some of those interest-led unit studies.

You don’t have to buy a prepared unit study. It’s easy to pick a topic that your children have interest in and easily build your own. You can get started with these free literature unit studies.

Think outside the box for summer learning activities.

One year I found an awesome VBS curriculum from one of my favorite Christian publishers. But… at the time we were in a large church where this kind of thing is planned far in advance. So, I knew that I didn’t have much chance of convincing the church to use this. Instead, I bought a starter kit, and we used it in our family over the whole summer.

I took the theme of the VBS- Ancient Egypt. I added an Ancient Egyptian lapbook as well as a human body unit study (because one focus of the VBS was how we are awesomely created by God.) Instead of using the curricula for five days-like VBS- we used it for five weeks. Each week we did a day of Bible, a day of Ancient Egypt, a day of human body study, and a day of fun and crafts. This made awesome, fun, four-day weeks of “summer school.” I had fun. The kids had fun. And we got to use the awesome VBS program! It was a win.

Think outside the box to have educational fun with your kids. Is there something you’ve wanted your kids to experience, but it doesn’t really fit with “school” or you can’t find a group offering it? Create a summer study yourself.

Plan free or inexpensive summer learning activities you can do on vacation.

One of the greatest things about homeschoolers is that we realize that we’re learning everywhere. Learning doesn’t happen inside a classroom or sitting at a desk or during predetermined school times. Learning happens wherever you are, whatever your age, whenever you discover something new. When we expose our kids to different environments, different materials, different animals, and the kids look around them and say, “Look at that!”, “Can you believe that happens mom?”, “What makes that work?”, then learning is taking place.

Although I’ve never made our family vacations all about “doing school,” I have tried to make sure that on a vacation, we have the opportunity to learn new things. We’ve explored museums. We’ve stopped at out-of-the-way places that were new to us. We’ve taken time to look things up online and talk about what we were all seeing and discovering.

Learning is a mindset, not a once-in-a-while activity. And vacations are a great time to teach kids this by learning and observing and exploring for ourselves as well as by encouraging them to do so.

Take advantage of free and inexpensive programs that offer summer learning activities.

Take a look at what’s going in your local area as well as online programs to find free and frugal activities for the kids. Local libraries almost all have summer programs. Ours has a reading program with prizes, as well as a weekly program geared toward kindergarten and elementary kids. They also have activities for preschool through high school planned at various times throughout the summer. Ask your local library what’s going on this summer.

Besides libraries, museums, parks, and other local places often have free or inexpensive summer programs. Our small local museum has occasional summer activities that are all included with the price of a daily museum pass, and for several summers offered free movies for kids. Google to hunt down places near you to find these fun programs. 

While you're checking out free and inexpensive summer learning fun, make sure you check out the resources from the Homeschool Buyers Club below.

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Summer Camp at the Homeschool Buyers Club

The Homeschool Buyers Club is ready to help you out with free (or almost free) summer learning activities. They have nineteen homeschool curricula resources with free trials that you can take advantage of this summer.

Take advantage of any—or all-of these great freebies to keep your kids having fun and learning through the summer.

And when you order from the Homeschool Buyers Club, you can get up to three free gifts.

Free summer learning activities



Want to know what to order-besides all your freebies? If you have a young learner, check out all the great Early Learning resources. You can find great deals on resources like ABC Mouse, Brain Pop, PreK Logic, PreK fun workbooks, and much more. Check it out here.

Free summer learning activities

Summer can be a time filled with fun and adventure. It can also be a time when kids can keep learning. Try some of these free (or almost free) learning activities to make your summer one full of fun and learning.

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