70+ Summer Strewing Ideas for Your Homeschool

Strewing can be a great way to keep your kids busy this summer – or during any break from homeschooling. This post is packed full of summer strewing ideas for you!

Strewing is kind of a strange word, isn’t it? The act of strewing is quite simple though, you basically scattering educational things about for your children to discover and do. I used to call this practice in our homeschool “summer centers”, but it can also be called summer baskets, summer activity boxes, etc.

Nip summer boredom in the bud with these easy summer strewing ideas that include creative, fun, and sneaky learning.

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Strewing can be themed or not. So let’s say your child loves horses. You can create a little center with horse-themed books, coloring books, stickers, craft kits, toys, games, etc. Here are some examples of what you could include:

Wonderful World of Horses Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)Misty of ChincoteagueI Love Horses! Activity Book: Giddy-up great stickers, trivia, step-by-step drawing projects, and more for the horse lover in you! (I Love Activity Books)Melissa & Doug Created by Me! Horse Figurines Craft Kit (2 Resin Horses, 6 Paints, Paintbrush)Favorite Horses Stickers (Dover Little Activity Books Stickers)HORSE ERASER PENCIL TOPPER - Stationery - 12 PiecesHerd Your Horses Board GameSunny Days Entertainment Quarter Horse with Moveable Head, Realistic Sound and 14 Grooming Accessories - Blue Ribbon Champions Deluxe Toy Horses

 

Here’s another example of a patriotic themed learning center I created a few years back.

No themes are necessary, though! Simply gather a handful of educational things to place around the house. I like to use small tables, bookshelves, and/or baskets in the corner of a room. Anywhere the materials can be easily seen and accessed by bored kids, but relatively contained to keep the house tidy is good for me.

Summer Strewing Ideas

Not every single item you strew needs to be obviously educational. Honestly, just about anything you strew has educational value. Think about bubbles, for instance. Blowing bubbles isn’t necessarily educational, but the experience of watching bubbles grow and move and pop builds some basic scientific understanding.

So, think creatively! I’ve included a bunch of ideas for you below, but they are just a springboard to help you to scour your house for fun things to strew.

It’s a good idea to switch out strewing materials weekly or so. Even if you strew things that are already in your toy or game closets, bringing them out purposefully can often ignite a new passion to actually use them. I also love to check yard sales, used homeschool curriculum sales, and library sales to add inexpensive things to my stash.

Science Kits

There are so many fun and inexpensive science kits for sale these days! I’ve linked a handful of them for you, but remember, you don’t have to go out and spend a bunch of money. For example, check out a book of science experiments from the library. Place the book and supplies for a few of the experiments in a bin or basket.

Creativity for Kids Grow 'N Glow Terrarium Kit for Kids - Science Activities for Kids (Packaging May Vary)4M 5557 Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit - 7 Crystal Science Experiments with Display Cases - Easy DIY STEM Toy Lab Experiment Specimens, Educational Gift for Kids, Teens, Boys & GirlsNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Ultimate Volcano Kit – Erupting Volcano Science Kit for Kids, 3X More Eruptions, Pop Crystals Create Exciting Sounds, STEM Science & Educational Toys Make Great Kids ActivitiesAmScope Kids Solar System Planetarium – Build-It and Paint-It DIY STEM Science Kit with Paint and BrushNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Stunning Chemistry Set - Mega Science Kit with Over 15 Easy Experiments, Make a Volcano, Launch a Rocket, Create Fizzy Reactions, & More, STEM Toy, an Amazon Exclusive Science KitNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Break Open 10 Premium Geodes – Includes Goggles, Detailed Learning Guide & 2 Display Stands - Great STEM Science Gift for Mineralogy & Geology Enthusiasts of Any Age

 

Handicrafts

My daughter loved working on handicrafts during the summer. These usually kept her occupied for a few hours, instead of mere minutes. My boys generally enjoyed them, too, but they didn’t tend to spend a great deal of time working on them.

Again, the possibilities are vast for crafts and handicrafts. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, fuse beading, and jewelry making are just a few additional ideas beyond the ones I’ve linked for you.

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Arts & Crafts Supplies and Artist Study

Arts and crafts are incredibly easy to strew. I bet you already own a bunch of supplies like pencils, crayons, markers, paints, art journals, etc. I always like to include a drawing book and/ a book or two about significant artists or art styles to help inspire my children.

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Music and Composer Study

Ahh music…this one may make your house a slightly louder place if you provide wonderful instruments. Summer is a great opportunity for children to learn a new instrument through formal lessons or to simply experience a variety of instruments.

I love providing books about composers and music theory, too. Of course, playing beautiful music around the house happens year-round!

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Cooking

Cooking is my youngest son’s favorite pastime. He loves to whip up fancy lunches and dinners for himself and the rest of the family. Summer is a great time for your children to gain cooking and baking experience with easy recipes, hard recipes, or even themed tea parties.

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Nature study

You know how much I love nature study! Nature study tools are great strewing options, too. Encourage your kids to explore and really dive deep into learning about what they find. If you are interested in other field guides, you can find my favorites here.

Nature Explorer Kit for Kids - Camping Gear & Accessories Play Toy Gift for Boys Outdoor Childrens Games. Birthday Gifts Toys 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old Boy. Binoculars Fan Magnifier Flashlights 5-in-1 ToolKids Bug Catcher Kit for Outdoor Explorer Bug Collection, Magnifying Glass, Butterfly Net, Critter Case, Tweezers and Bug Observation Container for Boys and Girls Toddlers Science Educational PlaysetThe Backyard Bug Book for Kids: Storybook, Insect Facts, and ActivitiesNational Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers--E: Eastern Region - Revised Edition (National Audubon Society Field Guides)In the Forest: My Nature Sticker Activity Book (127 stickers, 29 activities, 1 quiz)Card Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Nature Themed Outdoor Game (5x7 In, 50 Pack)Sun Company Wildlife Compass for Kids - Children's Compasses for Camping, Hiking, and Exploring | Break-Away Neon LanyardGearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight S500 [2 Pack] - Running, Camping, and Outdoor Headlight Headlamps - Head Lamp with Red Safety Light for Adults and KidsBinoculars for Kids High-Resolution 8x21, Gift for Boys & Girls Shockproof Compact Kids Binoculars for Bird Watching, Hiking, Camping, Travel, Learning, Spy Games & ExplorationOcim (2 Pcs) 10X Magnifying Glass, Handheld Reading Magnifier, 75mm Magnify Glasses Lens, Rubbery with Non-Slip Soft Handle for Seniors Reading and Kids Nature Exploration

 

Independent Games

Independent games are those that can be played by one player. These particular independent games are all super fun and promote a lot of logical thinking. A few (like SET and Blink) can be played with multiple players, but they all have single-player options as well.

One of the points of strewing is to encourage kids to learn and play independently, and these games are great options for that.

ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Tons of Fun With Over 20 Awards Won, International Bestseller for Over 20 YearsJOYIN Marble Run Premium Toy Set (170 Pcs), Construction Building Blocks Toys, STEM Educational Building Block Toy(120 Plastic Pieces + 50 Glass Marbles)Think Fun River Crossing Jr.Bananagrams: Multi-Award-Winning Word GameSET: The Family Game of Visual Perception, Baby 12/18 MonthsBicycle Standard Face Playing Cards, 2 PieceReinhard Staupe's BLINK Family Card Game, Travel-Friendly, with 60 Cards and Instructions, Makes a Great Gift for 7 Year Olds and UpRegal Games Double 6 Colored Dot Dominoes with Reusable Collectors Tin

 

Puzzles

Does your family love puzzles? We do! There are so many different types of puzzles: 3-D, traditional, crossword, word search, and other fun puzzle games. Again, these can be enjoyed independently or with siblings or friends.

World Map 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids 4-8 Puzzles for Toddler Ocean Puzzle Children Learning Preschool Educational Puzzles Toys for Boys and GirlsToreta Puzzles for Adults 500 Piece,Space Jigsaw Puzzles 500 Pieces for Adults,500 Piece Puzzle Art for Family,Pieces Fit Together Perfectly,Large Puzzle Games Toys(14.5x20 inch)4D Master 26087 4D Anatomy Didactic Exploded Skull ModelMudpuppy 1000 Piece United States Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults and Families, USA Family Puzzle with Vibrant Illustrations of The Attributes of The 50 States, One Size (9780735353244)Word Search for Kids Ages 6-8: 100 Word Search Puzzles (Search and Find)Crossword Puzzles for Kids Ages 9 to 12: 90 Crossword Easy Puzzle Books (Fun Space Club Crossword and Word Search Puzzle Books for Kids)The Everything Kids' Games & Puzzles Book: Secret Codes, Twisty Mazes, Hidden Pictures, and Lots More - For Hours of Fun!

 

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is perhaps the most traditionally “summer” thing for your kids to do. There are so many options for playing outside that aren’t included in this list like bike riding, rollerblading, swing set play, picnics, sidewalk chalk, planting a garden, teaching the dog new tricks, etc.

I want to emphasize again that you do not have to go out and spend a bunch of money on new toys or activities. Sometimes kids just need to be reminded of what they have. Do you have forgotten outdoor toys in the garage or basement? You might have a badminton set that you haven’t used in years, or an almost-worn-out baseball glove that has a few catches left in it…put them to good use!

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I hope these summer strewing ideas have your mind turning about how you can add sneaky learning into your home!

Remember, it’s a good idea to change out strewn materials every week or so to keep your kiddos engaged. But other than that, there are no rules!

You get to decide what to give your kids access to. It might even be a good idea to ask your children which things they would be most interested in learning about or doing over the summer and start there.

The summer is a great time to let interests develop and ambitions grow. If you have a budding scientist on your hands, a science center is a good option. Or if you have an animal lover, you may take the lead from the horse-themed section and compile fun animal activities and books.

No matter what, have fun with it!

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