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Need to get your kids outdoors this summer? Try this list of fun and easy activities for kids of all ages. Entice your kids away from the screens and let them enjoy some art, nature, science and water play instead. It’s time for some summer fun!
Who wants to have a great summer with their kids? School is out (well almost) and it is time to think about what you might want to do this summer.
I have wonderful memories of long summer days spent playing with with my brothers outdoors, long walks with my family, and building secret hideouts with my friends.
I wanted my children to enjoy the long summer days in the same way. So my kids spent loads of time outside using their imagination and enjoying the fleeting summer days.
Some helpful resources to get your kids outdoors
Sadly many children will spend this summer staring at screens, but you don’t want your kids to do that right? So let’s get down to business. What should our kids be doing?
Turns out that it is good for them to have loads of free play and even get a little bored from time to time.
That sounds easy right?
But what about family activities and trips? The good news is that when children were surveyed about their favorite summer activities all they really wanted to do was hang out with friends and spend more time with their parents.
I’ve rounded up 25 fun activities that you can do with your kids. Most of them are easy to prepare and you probably already have most of the materials on hand. Many of them can be started with you and then you can leave the kids to get on with it while you sip a cool drink on the deck. Sound good?
Outdoor activities don’t have to be elaborate, so browse these activities with your kids and decide which ones you want to do this summer. Maybe you can create a summer ideas list and pick one to do each week.
25 Insanely Fun Activities To Get Your Kids Outdoors This Summer
To make things super easy for you, I’ve grouped the activities by type. Have fun!
Awesome Art Activities for Your Backyard
Swing Painting | Homegrown Friends
Water Pistol Painting | Messy Little Monster
Cotton Round Splatter Art | A Crafty Living
Exploding Paint Bombs | Kids Activities Blog
Fly Swatter Painting | Reading Confetti
Bubble Painting | Living Well Mom
Nature Resist Tye Die | The Pinterested Parent
Summer Science to Take Outside
Make a Sand Volcano | Growing a Jeweled Rose
Set Up a Potion Lab | Inner Child Fun
Make a Solar Oven | I Can Teach My Child
Turn Kids into Human Sundials | Rhythm of Play
Make Rainbow Bubble Snakes | Housing a Forest
Anemometer Craft – Measure Wind Speed | Piikea Street
Make Sand Slime | Paging Fun Mum
Nature Activities Perfect for Summer
Nature Paint Brushes | Messy Little Monster
Make Nature Portraits | Adventure in a Box
Frozen Flowers | Crafts on Sea
Make Nature Walk Bracelets | Kitchen Pantry Scientist
Rainbow Stick Wind Chimes | Happy Hooligans
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt | KC Adventures
Fun Water Play Ideas for Outdoors
Sponge Bombs | Inner Child Fun
Make Tin Foil River | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Set Up a Bubble Pool | Two Prince
Cool Down on Mini Water Blobs | Hello, Wonderful
Make Water Balloon Pinata | Paging Fun Mum
Make the summer easy
Summer is supposed to be a slower time for everyone. Make it easy on yourself and only pick one or two things a week. Actually the best thing would be to let your children pick!
The rest of time is open for your children to enjoy in their own way. Don’t forget that your children need lots of free play as it will help them do well at school. Provide some cheap toys to encourage outdoor play and have this response ready for any child who complains of being bored.
If you are looking for something no prep and easy try these playful activities.
Help me expand this list. What are your favourite outdoor activities? How do you get your kids outdoors?