August is a great month for seasonal activities for kids. The weather can be mixed but there are so many options for things to do whatever the weather. You could go camping or on lots of days out, you can let your kids paint or do other messy activities in the garden and you can continue with growing fruit, vegetables or flowers. If you are looking for August activities for kids, you’ve come to the right place. This post is part of my series of posts on Seasonal activities for kids.
Below are some of my posts that are most relevant for this month. Keep popping back for more seasonal activities to do with your kids this month. Better yet scroll to the bottom and join me for my weekly bonus email full of seasonal content straight to your inbox.
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August in the garden
August is another busy month in the garden. Our summer berries seem to be over for this year though but we’re getting lots of runners on our strawberry plants so lots of free plants for next year.
You can continue to sow direct radishes, beetroots, and lettuce this month. You can even start to sow winter vegetables like spring cabbages, spinach, and turnips. Remember to sow at intervals to ensure there is always some to harvest when you want it.
Don’t forget to keep caring for your plants and enjoying the harvest. Or how about visiting your local pick your own farm? I have a couple of blog posts that you might find useful this month.
- Starting gardening with children,
- Building a raised vegetable bed
- Encouraging wildlife into your garden.
August outdoor activities
In many areas school children are on holiday for all of August. This means there are plenty of opportunities for summer outdoor activities. Perhaps you need ideas for ways to entertain kids on a walk or ideas for outdoor activities for toddlers (many of them will work for slightly older children too).
If you’re after more ideas for getting your kids outside I’ve put together a list of 100 outdoor activities for kids.
If you are going to the beach then get your free printable beach scavenger hunt here.
Find the best Beach activities for children here. Yes, it includes obvious ones like building a sand castle but I guarantee there are some ideas you haven’t thought of too.
Find ideas for using your Free printable beach scavenger hunt here.
School holidays and warmer weather make August the perfect weather (well hopefully) for camping with kids. For tips for taking young children camping, I wrote a post sharing my top tips for camping with toddlers (most of these tips apply to preschool and primary school-aged kids too).
If you need a new tent you might find my review of our newest tent Coleman Pinto Mountain 5 plus XL useful or perhaps you just need a reliable cooler in which case you should read my review of Coleman Xtreme cooler.
Here are a few more camping posts that you might find useful.
- Want to know what the best camping toys for kids are?
- Ever wondered what do I need for camping with a toddler?
Things to do in North West (England) this summer
If you live in the North West then you need to check out my posts on things to do in Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District and Lancashire this summer. Find further details on each region in this post – Things to do with kids in the North West summer.
August on the bookshelves
There are so many summer themes in children’s books. Farm animals, gardening, bugs and butterflies, holidays, zoo animals, beach and much more.
Find the best children’s books about gardening here.
Going to the zoo this summer? Find the best Children’s books about zoo animals here.
If you need a little more inspiration for outdoor activities then you’ll love these outdoor activity books for kids.
If you have a child starting school this September you may be preparing them with books about starting school.
Find loads of great tips for keeping the kids reading over the summer here.
New books we are enjoying this month
Top row: Foraging with kids, Adele Nozedar. This is a fantastic guide to edible things that you can forage with kids. There are illustrations of all the plants (black and white line drawings) as well as tips of where to find them. As well as the information on the plants, you’ll find recipes to try too. * Available to buy here.
Under the same sky, Britta Teckentrup. We love all of Britta Teckentrup books and this one is another beautiful book celebrating nature. Filled with cute illustrations and peek-through pages. * Available to buy here.
Brain bursts Bugs. This is a really cool book about bugs for kids. It’s filled with cute illustrations and astounding facts and jokes, along with a few activities too. * Available to buy here.
Ad- Kid’s summer activity pack
This summer I’ve created a DIY summer activity club for kids aged 4-10 years. A 58 page instant download with 3 weeks of activities planned for you. Includes nature crafts, outdoor activities, simple science experiments, book recommendations, weekly tracker sheets, links to further resources and printable badges.
Keep your kids learning this summer whilst having fun outdoors. Take the stress out of planning the summer holidays with this done for you activity plan. Fun nature-based learning, full-colour photos and illustrations. Step by step instructions for each activity.
Week one – Flower fanatic, Save the bees,
Week two – Water warrior, Save the oceans,
Week three – Forest friend, Save the trees
Start each week with an eco-friendly code-breaking mission to start their learning. Each week includes a mix of nature crafts, science experiments, games, things to on a relevant day out and more.
Also includes beautiful hand-drawn anatomy of a bee A4 poster, wildflower spotter sheet, what to pack in a rucksack for adventures, things to do in a river and a full kit list.
* 3 weeks of activities planned out for you
* Weekly code breaker to start teaching kids about topical eco issues
* 10+ nature crafts
* 15+ outdoor activities
* Indoor activities for those rainy summer days
* Book recommendations for each topic. A mix of non-fiction to expand the learning on each topic and gorgeous fiction books for children ages 4 – 10.
* Links to further resources for children in the higher end of the age range so they can take their learning further
* Fun trackers for you to print out and let your kids colouring after they complete each activity
* Beautifully illustrated weekly badges to print out and award your child.
Let’s make this the summer we get kids outside, learning, having fun and most importantly having fun!
August ideas for creating and playing
There are lots of opportunities for craft and play in summer. Both indoors and outdoors. Possible themes are the weather, butterflies, bugs, farm animals, birds and the seaside. Perhaps you could do:
- rainbow coloured rice,
- seaside themed play dough,
- rainbow spaghetti,
- Summer art activities,
- there are so many fun things to do with sticks and
- making fairy wings,
- 9 Fun beach science activities for preschoolers