Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids, Fun Outdoor Games, Cheap Summer Fun and DIY Outdoor Activities! Keep your kids moving and having fun all summer long!
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Summer is my favorite season and I love having my kids home! Sometimes it’s hard to think of things to do with them daily so I wanted to share some of the Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids that I plan on doing with my kids this summer. Make a list and put it on your refrigerator so you can easily think of things to do when the kids start saying they’re bored!
25 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids
1.) Water Cup Races from All for the Boys
Using water guns you will squirt the water into the cup to move it along the string line to the other end. All you need to put this activity together is a water gun, plastic cups, string and tape.
2.) Play Soccer Using a Pool Noodle for the Goal from Mission to Save
This is a great way to save money! Soccer goals are expensive so using two pool noodles and 4 sharpened pencils will allow you to play extremely inexpensively! The other other thing you need is a ball to kick!
3.) DIY Sponge Waterbombs from Endlessly Inspired
You can let your kids go wild outside after making a few inexpensive “water bombs” with sponges, rubber bands and scissors! Plus, they’re better than water balloons because they’re reusable, you don’t have to pick up all the tiny balloon pieces in your yard after the fun and you don’t have to fill each one with water!
4.) Soap Boat Races from I Heart Naptime
Using a gutter, a bar of soap, fabric cut into a triangle, toothpick, hot glue and scissors, you can make a fun outdoor actiity for your kids to play in the backyard this summer!
5.) Fly Swatter Bubbles from the Seasoned Mom
Go get your kids some fly swatters and let them go wild in the backyard with some homemade bubbles! All you need is liquid laundry detergent, water and a bowl to mix this in.
6.) Outdoor Scavenger Hunt from I Heart Crafty Things
Using a white paper sack and markers you can create this scavenger hunt for colored items located outdoors. It’s super easy and you can do this anywhere that you’re outdoors!
7.) Hammers, Ice and Dinosaurs from Beauty Through Imperfection
Using ice cube trays, water and some small dinosaurs you can freeze the dinosaurs (or other items) in ice cube trays overnight. The next day go outside and let your kids hammer the ice away for some outdoor fun!
8.) Water Balloon Bash from Fireflies + Mud Pies
Get a string or yarn and tie a couple of water balloons from the string. Then hang it somewhere that you can let your kids swing a bat and try to break the water balloons with a blindfold on!
9.) Nature Hunt Bingo from Bitz & Giggles
Get your own FREE Printable for this Bingo Game and go outside with your kids and enjoy a nature walk!
10.) Ride Bikes or Scooters from Passion for Savings
Grab your helmets and head outdoors. It gets hot in the summer where we live so for us this is an early morning activity. My kids can ride their bikes while I run, which is awesome so that also allows me to get some exercise in. If your kids say their bored, get them out and let them expend some energy!
11.) Make Your Own Ring Toss from The Country Chic Cottage
If you’re super crafty and love to do DIY projects, this is for you! However, you could probably buy a crate similar to this one if you’re not a big DIY person and use some diving rings to toss on the bottles.
12.) Yard Dice Game from Craft, Create, Cook
These giant dice are perfect for playing yard dice. Just grab a clipboard and a bucket and you’re ready to play after you print the free scorecard!
13.) Squirt Gun Art from Fireflies and Mudpies
Using a Nerf Gun or a plastic spray bottle, you can let your kids create art with watercolor paper, liquid watercolors and an easel. Just make sure the kids don’t spray each other, or you!
14.) Play Frisbee & Dodgeball from Passion For Savings
Grab a frisbee and a ball and go out into your backyard or head over to the park in an open grassy area and have fun in the sun! Sometimes kids just need a little activity where they can run around and it doesn’t really take much planning on your part. Pack a special snack to take a break in the shade!
15.) Fizzy Foam Paint from The TipToe Fairy
Easy to make and easy to use you will make this out of baking soda, water, shaving foam and food coloring. You can then transfer it into squirt bottles and then fill a spray bottle with vinegar which is the fun part where the kids can spray their foam paint and make it fizz! The best part is this washes off the cement easily afterwards.
16.) Make Homemade Moon Sand from Sippy Cup Mom
With just flour and oil you can make your own moon sand much more economically than buying it. Kids love it because it sticks together and they can mold it with their hands and different sand toys.
17.) Water Bottle Bowling Pins from Passion For Savings
Fill water bottles with food coloring and find a ball strong enough to knock over the bottles for an easy outdoor game that’s relatively inexpensive!
18.) Paint Garden Critters from The Seasoned Mom
You could hunt for rocks outside or buy some river rocks at a craft store and then just paint them with acrylic paint and add some googly eyes with super glue or a glue gun when finished. Then let the kids place them in flower pots or in the landscaping.
19.) Make a Fairy Garden from Finding Zest
You can find fairy kits online or in garden centers to add cute touches to the plants, moss, and pebbles.
20.) Spray Chalk Activity for Kids from Growing a Jeweled Rose
Keep your kids happy for at least a couple of hours with this spray chalk you can make with a few simple ingredients! It’s another twist on regular sidewalk chalk with eve more fun since there is a spray bottle involved!
21.) Fly a Kite from Passion For Savings
Flying a kite has been one of my kids favorite activities when we have the perfect wind. It’s not something we do a lot, but they always remember when we do!
22.) Have a Water Balloon Fight from Happy Money Saver
Kids love water balloon fights, so this is an easy budget friendly activity for a hot day! Serve popscicles afterwards and the kids are sure to be happy!
23.) Make a Water Slide out of your Playset by Things to Share and Remember
Last summer my kids and I did exactly what Stacy and her kids did in their backyard! It was one of the most fun things we did. Just stick a water hose near the top of your slide and you now have your very own water slide!
24.) Set up Your Tent in the Backyard from Passion For Savings
Let the kids read in the tent or play house. If it’s hot find a good shady place for your tent. Take them lunch and eat with them in it. It’s something fun and different to do which will make their day more fun!
25.) Summer Lego Ice Rescue from Crafty Kids at Home
Add lego figures and blocks to water and let it freeze overnight in a tub. If you want to make it deeper, you could add a second layer the following day and let that freeze again overnight. The next day, take it outside and let the sun start melting away the water and your child can dig their treasures out!
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