The kids are out of school and the weather is amazing, making summer the perfect time for your family to hang out outside.
But whether you’re spending time in the backyard or the family room, chances are, your kids are going to look to you for ideas to keep them entertained.
The next time you hear your kids saying they’re bored this summer, send them outside with one of these 25 fun outdoor activities for kids.
- Grab the sidewalk chalk and create artwork on the driveway or sidewalk or draw a hopscotch board and play a few rounds.
- Freeze a bunch of water toys inside a big block of ice and have your kids release the toys with a hammer (and some adult supervision, of course).
- Go on a scavenger hunt for things found in nature (sticks, leaves, flours, bugs, birds, etc.).
- Run through the sprinklers in your backyard.
- Create a reading nook with a few blankets and pillows under a tree.
- Have a water balloon fight.
- Have a water gun battle.
- Paint seashells or rocks and hide them around the neighborhood for others to find.
- Go for a bike ride around the neighborhood.
- Head to the park to play on the playground equipment and have a picnic lunch.
- Go for a hike on a nearby trail.
- Set up a lemonade stand and let your kids sell drinks and snacks to the neighbors.
- Wash the car (or your kids’ bikes) in the driveway.
- Brew sun tea by putting a few tea bags in water in a clear glass jars and placing it in a sunny spot.
- Have a campfire in your backyard and roast hot dogs and marshmallows.
- Tie dye t-shirts.
- Make your own obstacle course in your backyard.
- Go swimming in a nearby public pool, lake or ocean.
- Splash in the puddles after a big rain.
- Plant a garden.
- Set up a tent in your backyard and camp outside for the night.
- Grab a bunch of flashlights and play flashlight tag when the sun goes down.
- Catch fireflies and put them in a jar.
- Create a backyard movie theater with a white sheet and projector.
- Make leaf art by placing leaves under a piece of paper and rubbing a crayon over the top of the leaves.