Sending the kids off to summer camp and cost a small fortune. Skip breaking the bank and create a summer camp environment in your own backyard!

turn your backyard into the best summer camp ever

Create Themes

If you like to be organized and have time to plan ahead, take a page out of Blissful and Domestic’s page and create themed weeks. By having a specific theme each week, you can tailor your activities and games around one specific event. Write letters to friends for Friendship week, or make sand art for Beach week! The possibilities are endless.

Have a Schedule

Now that you have your themed weeks planned, create a schedule for the week. I created this Summer Fun Schedule a few years back and we still try to stick to it! From Make it Monday (arts & crafts) to Go Somewhere Friday, there are plenty of things to do and should keep the “I’m bored” complaints at bay.

Keep Reading

It’s essential to keep kids reading throughout the summer—but it doesn’t have to be boring. You can incorporate reading time into play time. Pick books related to your weekly themes, or have kids read up on your vacation destinations.

Have Fun

You have your themes and you have your schedules, now it’s time to have fun! One of the best things about summer camp is learning, exploring, and trying out new things—and I’m not just talking about the kids. This is your summer camp time too, Mom!

Since it’s summer and it’s gonna be hot, hot, hot, you want to make sure you build some water play activities into your schedule. Water Bag Pinata is a fun twist on the standard birthday party activity. It also guarentees that everyone is gonna get a little wet!

Looking for a dry activity? Create a backyard tin can band! Start saving up those tin cans now so you have plenty to make the best in the neighborhood!

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