30 Throwback Kids Activities for Summer

by Meghan

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Sprinklers. Bush forts. Spitting watermelon seeds. Chasing the ice cream truck.  Playing ‘Colored Eggs’ in the pool. Those are the throwback kids activities for summer I remember from my childhood.  And oh, how memorable they were.  I want to fill my kids’ summers with just as awesome memories.  For the month of June, each day, we will share a favorite throwback summer memory from our youth to share with your family.  Join in the fun – follow along all month to see all the Ultimate Throwback Kids Activities for Summer and check them all off your list!

How did you celebrate summers as a child? Before there were smart phones and summer camps on every corner, when your mom let you out into the yard from sun-up to sundown? From sprinkler games to chasing fireflies, a month's worth of throwback kids activities perfect for warm summer days! | Kids Activities | Summer Fun | Outdoor Play | Toddler | Preschool | Elementary

Summer Like It’s 1993

This June, treat your kids to a summer from your youth.  Back in the day, we spent summers at my grandparents’ pool, endless hours playing pool games, planning skits, building forts, and so much more.

We’ve got a daily idea to help you out!  Bookmark this page to come back and check out the new idea added daily. Are we missing some of your childhood favorites from our list?  Share your favorite summer memories in the comments below.

Week 1

Up first, a definite old school family favorite. Get the whole family out in the backyard for Badminton from Something2Offer.


On Day 2, Teach Beside Me has not one, but 10 Classic Outdoor Games for Kids! From the classic tag to capture the flag, this list is sure to take you back to the summers of your youth!


This awesome summer game combines two throwback favorites: sprinklers and tee-ball!  Check out Sprinkler Baseball for backyard fun from Sunny Day Family!

sprinkler baseball square collage

This one brings back so many memories… the hours I spent trying to rule the Four Square court in elementary and junior high school are too many to even think about counting.  Thanks to Julie at My Mundane and Miraculous Life for this throwback fun!

Four Square Throwback Summer Activities for Kids

For more fun outside, all you need is one of our favorites, sidewalk chalk! Check out these fun learning games with sidewalk chalk from Raising Little Superheroes!


The simplest things make for the best summer activities for kids… like a plastic bag turned into a kite, that your child will chase around the backyard for hours!  Thank you to Emma at Our Whimsical Days for adding this one to our summer throwback favorites.

Plastic Bag Kite

Rounding out the first week of our throwback summer? Marble games! From Kitchen Counter Chronicle, these fun marble games for kids are sure to take you right back to your own childhood.


Week 2

Who says you can’t learn and play at the same time? This throwback classic has a fun literacy twist: Red Light Green Light from Growing Book by Book!


Nothing says throwback summer like a hula hoop! And after finding an assortment of them at the Dollar Store, we turned them into 5 awesome summer games, right here on Playground Parkbench!

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Another classic, favorite kids activity for summer? Bubbles!  Make it a hands-on learning activity with homemade solution and blow bubbles with household objects! What will blow the best bubbles?

Blowing Bubbles with Household Objects - STEM Activity Slotted Spoon

Do your kids like to play in the kitchen? Take the sensory play to the backyard to make Magical Mud Pies!  Get the inside scoop to this generational favorite from Crafty Kids at Home.


One of my all time favorite summer activities is going strawberry picking!  I did it growing up as a kid in the summer, and now I do it with my kids too.  Fun for all ages, with lots of fruit to show for it – you’ll need these 50+ ways for storing, prepping, cooking and eating all the strawberries too!

Cooking Strawberries

Nothing is more classic than card games.  What were your favorites as a kid? The next post in our summer throwback activities features 21 Card Games you can play with your kids, from The Umbrella Tree Cafe.


Did you know hula hooping can actually help you stay fit? See how this old school activity is making a comeback and how you can participate not only for fun, but to stay healthy too from Pat and Candy!


Week 3

Every throwback summer should included a road trip! And the backseat entertainment should definitely be screenfree… how about this awesome printable Road Trip I Spy game from Sunny Day Family!?

road trip i spy

For the occasional rainy day, or when you need to come in and get out of the sun, my mom always brought us into the kitchen to bake! Rice Krispie treats were a household favorite, and these Red, White and Blue Treats are perfect for the summer!

July 4th Rice Krispie Treats

Who remember flying paper airplanes as a kid? This read it, make it activity from Sunny Day Family is a classic, and the recommended book even includes super cool paper for making awesome paper airplanes.

finished plane

Tie-dye, beach towels and watermelon are all summer classics… put them all together and you’ve got an amazing throwback summer classic! I just adore these Watermelon Tie-Dye Beach Towels from Having Fun At Home.

tie dye beach towels


Don’t forget to check back all month for great summer activities for kids that will take you back to the summers of your youth! If you enjoyed this post, you might also like Graffiti Art for Kids, 5 Hula Hoop Summer Games for Kids, and all of our Red, White and Blue Patriotic Activities.  You can find all of these and our favorites from around the web on our Summer board on Pinterest!

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