47 Incredibly Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids
Finally! It’s that time of year when you spend more time outdoors than in. Now you can say “yes” to those activities you said “no” to all year because they were too messy for, well, anywhere with walls. Kids will love these ideas for outdoor play, and so will you, because hey; clean up is easier outside.
At the Beach
1. Here’s a fun activity kids can enjoy down at the beach with a single pack of acrylic paint pens » that is sure to keep little hands busy for hours.
2. While we’re at it, how about collecting a few pebbles to bring home and paint up these fab ladybird pet rocks in your garden »? A great way to remind you of your seaside trip!
3. What trip to the beach would be complete without flip-flops to keep the sand from your piggies? This festival flip flops » tutorial by Angela Southey is a great tutorial for teens learning to sew.
Duck Tape Beach Bag
4. Make sure you’re summer ready with this Duck Tape beach bag » complete with gold flamingo, there are lots of different tapes to choose from to make your bag one of a kind.
Ice Lolly Tote Bag
5. This ice lolly tote bag » by MellyBee is an easy-to-make stamp printing craft for kids and adults to do together. Once you’ve made the stamps you can use them again and again on a variety of papers and fabrics.
Stenciled Bugs Tote Bag
6. This stenciled bug tote bag » is a great make for doing with the kids. It can can be used as a book or school bag as well as a great carrier for all their beach gear too.
Throw Some Shade with a Pop-up Tent
7. Set up camp anywhere with this vibrant Stars and Chevron Play Tent », ideal for protecting your little ones in the sun. Plus it comes with a handy carry case, so it’s perfect for out and about!
8. Some lovely ideas over at The Artful Parent » for Sandcasting with Plaster of Paris – a fun activity to have up your sleeve for when the kids get tired of the sea.
9. Sand slime is an excellent science and sensory play all in one fun activity. Using simple ingredients this recipe by Milk and Cuddles » is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids!
10. Making a sand volcano is tons of fun for kids! You can easily set this Sand Volcano by Rosie and Jewel » up at the beach or right in your sand pit.
11. Easy, simple to set up and a great break from when they’re done in the sea!
Beach Small World
12. After your visit to the beach, why not try this Beach Small World by Cathy Denman »? The perfect memory of your seaside trip, and great for sensory play.
In the Garden
13. Have fun in the sun with your little ones with this fantastic ready-to-decorate, Teepee Play Tent » The kit contains a plain canvas teepee, canvas rope and five wooden poles for you and the kids to build your very own quirky wigwam.
For teepee inspiration try this fab idea by Briony over at Any Way To Stay At Home » – great for messy play, it’s the perfect outdoor activity to protect your walls inside, and get out in the sun at the same time!
Fun and Games
Two-in-one Bug Game
14. This Outdoor Bug Game by Laura and Tia at Little Button Diaries » is very simple to make, requires very few materials and is two games in one! You can either lay twigs out on the floor for a buggy version of naughts and crosses, or place the bug box on the lawn to see who can toss the most bugs in the hole.
DIY Cardboard Ring Toss Game
15 Transform a humble cardboard box into a DIY Game of Ring Toss » by Michelle McInerney at MollyMoo Crafts. Be prepared for fun, giggles and healthy competition, for when you are finished making your kids have a game to play with, for hours and hours!
Ollie the Owl Pinata
16. This Owl Pinata » makes a great Mexican-inspired party game. A pinata is fab for adding entertainment to children’s parties, whether you want to make your mache shape into a clown, animal or a rocket, it’s so simple to make your own.
Water Balloons Pinata
17. Party games don’t have to be complicated. Try this simple twist on the traditional pinata: a water balloon pinata! Sugar-free and lots of fun, by Kidspot.
DIY Water Fight Kit
18. This DIY Water Fight Kit idea by Inner Child Fun » is a fun way to surprise family and friends with a little treat in the heat! Included is a a free printable label for easy gift-giving too. You kids will love dunking the sponge bombs into buckets of water to throw to each other for games of catch, and the sponges can be used over and over again with minimal amounts of water — perfect for the resource-conscious!
19. All you need to make these super Winning Medals by Aisha Green » is jam jar lids, glitter and cardboard. Best of all, make them in the garden and you’ll not be picking glitter from the carpet for weeks!
20. With the Rio Olympics on the horizon, why not get ready with these FIMO olympic medals »? These are super simple to make from gold, silver and bronze FIMO – but you could even paint some air drying clay – and throw your own mini Olymics in your garden!
21. Be a bubble-wizard with this fabulous Wand A Bubble wand » – Simply fill up the bottle, dip in the wand, pull out and wave it about! Great fun for the whole family, get stuck into bubble-blowing and make the most out of outdoor activities!
22. A great idea from Katie SG at Gifts of Curiosity – grab a small plastic pool that you can fill up with water and mix it up a bit with washable paint » to make these awesome rainbow bubbles. Bound to be a huge hit with the kids!
Let’s Get Creative!
Sand and Water Play Table
23. Get their hands dirty with this Sand and Water Play Table »! Create mini sand castles and shapes in your own back garden with this exciting table set, designed to perfectly capture the fun of the beach.
24. Pin wheels epitomise the start of summer, they’re really quick and easy to make and instantly transform a picnic table or garden in the blink of an eye. These Paper Pinwheels by David Westman » are super easy and great for little fingers outside in the sun!
For a different look, your kids may prefer to make these Felt Pinwheels » which would look great blowing in the wind on a summer’s day.
3-in-1 Activity Easel
25. Splash it scribble it splodge it and dribble it! This Kids 3-in-1 Activity Easel » is perfect for your budding little artist –kids will love this place to play, and so will you, because hey; clean up is easier outside.
26. Feeling nostalgic? Learn to make your own Friendship Bracelets » out of embroidery thread. Friendship bracelets are like THE best bezzie declaration ever! Go old school with a stripes bracelet, or get in the now with a chevron design.
Mosaic Stone Kit
27. The Kids’ Mosaic Stone Kit » is a fab way to make a decorative 20 cm stepping stone. Containing everything you need to craft your slab – perfect to make a keepsake of the summer.
28. This is a the perfect craft to make with little ones. Create a simple Insect Mobile » made from painted cardboard tubes, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. Hang it from an embroidery hoop or some dowel and let the little creatures buzz happily about.
Chunky Pavement Chalk
29. From setting up hop scotch to creating sensational street art, colourful Pavement Chalk » is perfect for summer holiday activities! Once finished, simply wash away with water and start again.
Colour-in Cardboard Playhouses
30. These Cardboard Playhouses » are great for building and encouraging imaginative play. Your little artists can have lots of fun colouring in the illustrations included on the outer walls, and then have make believe fun once completed!
My Fairy Garden
31. Your little ones can make magic in their own garden this summer with the My Fairy Garden kit » – perfect for kids to pop in a selection of plants to create their own living garden – just scatter the grass seed and watch it grow!
Seed Box and Planner
32. Children always love to help out in the garden, so this Seed Box and Planner project » is perfect to get them involved with planting seeds and enjoying the produce and flowers as they grow.
Turtle Herb Planter
33. How cute is this Turtle Herb Planter by Reading Confetti » ? The outside is painted in green acrylic paint, with pom poms for the legs and head, and finished with googly eyes.
34. Mrs. Pot by Little Button Diaries » is easy to make, takes very little time, and is the perfect craft to do with little ones. You can be inventive with her hair – from cress and sprouts to flowers or lettuces. She’s a great way to introduce simple gardening to children and makes a cute addition to a nice sunny kitchen window.
Lady Bird World
35. Go on a journey with naturalist Nick Baker to discover the secret life of one of this country”s best loved insects. This Lady Bird World kit » is specially designed forages five to ten and explains all kinds of fun and fascinating facts about ladybirds: where to find them, how to study them and how to safely keep them as pets.
36. This Leaf Rubbing idea » uses leaves found around you garden to make pretty pictures. Place the leaves under a sheet of coloured A3 paper and gently rub wax crayons over each leaf until you can see the impression come through.
37. This nature obstacle course idea by Under the Sycamore » is perfect for those looking for something a bit more adventurous to do with their kids. Just dirt, mud and competition. Great for getting them energised and healthy.
Nature Hunt Bingo
38. This fab FREE Nature Hunt Bingo printable by Bitz N’ Giggles » will get your family out and about, exploring, identifying, appreciating and loving all that nature has to offer!
Clay Nature Prints
39. With Summer in full swing, there’s no time like now to get outside whenever you can and enjoy nature! This Clay Nature idea » is simple; pick up a variety of your favourite flowers, leaves and branches to create some fun clay impressions.
40. This sensory and play-based Mud Alphabet activity » by Nicolette from Wilder Child is fun to experiment with for your little one to help them learn their ABCs.
41. Here’s a fantastic outdoor art idea from The Nurture Store » that makes great use of loose parts found in a forest: clay faces on tree trunks!
All Natural Leaf Threading
42. Get the kids engaged with nature, be creative and develop their motor skills and this All Natural Leaf Threading activity by The Mud Kitchen » that ticks all the boxes!
Weaving with Weeds
43. For a real conversation-starter with your kids around weaving (what’s a weft and what’s a warp, after all?) Try this amazing Weaving with Weeds » By using just the branches of two trees to create a loom, and sticks and greenery you can have fun creating this amazing work of art together.
44. We are all encouraged to work out our environmental footprint, but have you ever considered your impact on daisies? Luckily they are tough little flowers that seem to withstand people treading on them. These Daisy Footprints » are a nice maths activity is to find out how many daisies you can stand on, with one foot.
45. Make simple paint brushes from nature and see what painty patterns you can create. These Nature Paint Brushes by Messy Little Monster » are all about the process – get outside, go on a nature walk, collect lots of interesting pieces of nature and then get painting!
Colour Matching Game
46. Get out in the garden classroom today, enjoying some outdoor learning with this Colour Matching game from Nurture Store » It’s very easy set up and lets you explore lots of different natural materials for some sensory learning.
Backyard Safari Critter Pack
47. Collect those garden critters with this Backyard Safari Critter Shack » You’ll be able to collect live specimens like frogs, fish, lizards, crawfish, snakes and bugs, depending on where you live, and observe them clearly in this water-tight container.
Also check out our Kids Outdoor Fun Pinterest board for loads more kids activity ideas!