Outdoor summer activities for kids are the best part of those far too short (and sometimes so very long) days. Sunshine, fresh air, creativity, and fun are a recipe for lasting memories. We have instructions for ten of the best summer activities for kids, to help you make theirs the best ever.

Summer is here which means it’s time for fun in the sun, backyard adventures, and plenty of play time. Unfortunately, summer also means the struggle to get your kids up, out, and active to avoid the dreaded slump. Not to mention dealing with summer activities for kids that they need to attend or make.

Don’t worry. You’re in luck. With just a dash of creativity, you can have loads of outdoor fun this summer and help your kids make wonderful memories they will cherish forever. Here are ten fun outdoor summer activities for kids you can do this summer.

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

1. Backyard Campout

Do you want to go camping, but don’t want to travel to the nearest camping site? No problem. Set up a tent in your backyard and take your kids camping without leaving home. Your children can eat smores, tell scary stories, sing camp songs, and more. It’s much cheaper than traveling to a camping ground, and your children will have just as much fun.

If you don’t have a tent, you can put out the sleeping bags and sleep under the stars. Or you can make a makeshift outdoor bed using a blow-up kiddie pool and a bunch of pillows and blankets. Backyard camping is one of the cheapest and easiest summer activities for kids, but it’s one they will love.

2. Reusable Water Balloon Fights

You can help your kids make their own reusable water balloons using sponges and rubber bands. Reusable water balloons are just as fun as their latex counterparts. But they are without all the bits of broken balloon that take hours to clean up.

Because they are made of sponge, you don’t have to worry about latex allergies. Also, the water fight can last as long as your kids want to keep playing because all you have to do is re-soak the sponge balloons and you can have more fun.

3. Adopt a Park

Adopting a park is one of those summer activities for kids that can have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. Find a park in your area that is subject to litter. Take your kids to that park once a week and help them clean up as much trash as they can. Be sure to teach them to wear gloves.

After you take the time to clean up, be sure to let your kids have some time to play in their newly cleaned park. Talk to them about how important it is to keep the environment clean, and how important this small service can be.

4. Homemade Bottle Rockets

Kids love things that fly. However, instead of spending big bucks on quad-copters, you can help your children make bottle rockets. All you need is some baking soda, vinegar, electrical tape, paper towels or tissues, and pencils. Then, you can make and launch bottle rockets with your children.

Not only is this a fun summer activity for kids, but it is also educational. So, get outside, launch a few rockets, and help your children learn something along the way. You might just turn your kids into mad scientists.

5. Squirt Gun Painting

Get your kids’ creative juices flowing out in the sun with this crazy fun activity. Fill a bunch of squirt guns with watered down poster paints and have your children shoot at a large piece of paper, poster board, or canvas.

Squirt gun painting is one of those memory-making summer activities for kids.

6. Plant a Kid Garden

Designate a small area of your backyard for your kids to plant a garden themselves. Help them find seeds or starter plants and assist them to plant and tend their garden all summer long. Fruits and vegetables are especially fun for children because they get to eat their crops come harvest time.

A garden is one of the best summer activities for kids because it requires dedication, daily attention, and teaches your children about responsibility. Plus, it can be a good introduction for your child’s cooking lessons.

7. Slip n’ Slide

You don’t need a hill to have fun on a slip n’ slide. Lay out a tarp over any patch of grass and soak it down with water and just a little bit of dish soap. Then, get your kids into their swimming suits and let them slip and slide their way into hours of fun.

For an even better slip and slide experience, have two parallel slides your kids can use to race each other.

8. Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

Particularly for younger kids, a nature walk scavenger hunt is a great way to get your kids outside and paying attention to the world around them. Set up a list of things for kids to find on their scavenger hunt. These items can be based on color, texture, size, or anything else you want your children to look for.

Your kids will love hunting down each item on their list, and they will be excited about nature as they find things.

9. An Obstacle Course

Get your kids up, moving, and playing outside with a fun obstacle course. Do this using strings between tree trunks kids have to navigate, pool noodles to jump over, hula hoops to dive through, and ladders to run over set up a good, old-fashioned backyard obstacle course.

Send your children through and time each one individually to see how fast each of them completed the course.

10. DIY Sidewalk Spray Chalk

This variation on traditional sidewalk chalk lets kids get creative in your driveway as they make works of art, and have fun spraying their favorite colors on the ground. All you need are some spray bottles, cornstarch, water, and washable watercolor paints.

Your children will have a blast, and you’ll have some beautiful kid art to enjoy until the next rainstorm.

Going Outside

We hope your children have a blast playing, learning, and growing in the great outdoors.

Do you have any more great summer activities for kids? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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