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Summer Outdoor Activities Based on Books for Kids

Summer is here and I’m so excited to team up with a few of my blogger friends to bring you this summer fun blog hop. I’m sharing some of my favorite summer outdoor activities based on books. Not only do these activities get your kids outside, but they also get them reading over the summer.

I love to read and some of my favorites summer memories are full of imaginary play with my siblings and friends. Books and imaginary play go well together, so read a book and get outside this summer!

Summer Outdoor Activities

I’ve chosen a couple of my kids’ favorite books to highlight in this activity. There are so many good books about summer for kids, so let your imagination flow with your own child’s favorite story too.

Backyard Camping

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You don’t always have to travel to go camping. One of my favorite ways to camp is in our own backyard! Kids love watching the tent get set up, sleeping bags unrolled, and shining their flashlight around in the dark. If you have a fire pit you can even roast s’mores! While you’re settling in for bed use a flashlight or lantern to read all about Curious George’s camping adventure.

Curious George Goes Camping


Build a Fort

It doesn’t have to be elaborate to be magical. Build an outdoor fort for kids and they can imagine that they’re in the Magic Treehouse too.

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Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon


Make Your Own Ice Cream

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Churn ice cream or make these sweet popsicle treats after reading, Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)


Beach Day

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Head to the beach after reading, Stella, Star of the Sea. Kids can go on their own beach adventure using this Beach Scavenger Hunt printable.

Stella, Star of the Sea (Stella and Sam)

What are some of your favorite books to read during the summer months? Head to the library and join a summer reading challenge, then comment your favorite summer reads below!

Visit my blogging friends below for more summer family fun ideas!


How To Install A Ring And Hook Game @Intelligent Domestications

Fairy Garden Fun for Kids @Two Chicks And A Mom

Tropical Shrinky Dink Charms and Pins @My Pinterventures


DIY Painted Rocks That The Kids Will Love To Make @Our Crafty Mom

DIY Sharpie Mug Bird Feeder @Glitter On A Dime

How To Turn Admission Tickets Into A Bookmark@Craftify My Love


DIY Giant Backyard Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe Game @DIY Adulation

5 Easy Ways to Have Fun with DIY Bubbles This Summer @Hunny I’m Home DIY

Grandma Camp @Intelligent Domestications


Easy Kids Obstacle Course Ideas @Cookies, Coffee And Crafts

How to Make a Fun Kids Swim Towel @Dazzle While Frazzled

Polymer Clay Charms @Domestic Deadline


Nerf Battle Paint Splatter T-Shirts @The Inspiration Vault

How to Make Easy Farmhouse Planter Herb Markers @Raggedy Bits

DIY Creative Summer Journal @My Pinterventures

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  1. HI Rebecca, these are all such fun ideas to reinforce reading and make it fun. I really like Curious George and building a tent. That is always fun. Some of the links to the other blogs are not working. Please check them so you can fix them. Thanks!

  2. These are all great ideas for incorporating reading into your summer activities. I love how you connected different books to fun outdoor activities.

  3. What a fun post! I love all of these ideas especially the Backyard Camping with Curious George! We love incorporating books into our daily play. Can’t wait to check some of these out!

  4. This is a great way to include reading with summer fun activities. Great ideas for all kids.

  5. Now that is a wonderful idea: to combine outdoor fun with books & stories. My goddaughter loves reading. She can’t on her own actually as she is only 4 but after you read a book to her she pretends later on to read it to you and she is actually pretty good in reconstructing the story (even weeks later) by only the use of her memorie and the illustrations of the book. Children rock!

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