50 outdoor activities for kids

Today is my daughter’s last day of second grade and my feelings about the situation can be described as a mixture of excitement and pure panic. While there are a bunch of fun things on our to-do list, girlfriend is used to having all of her days totally planned out for her—back-to-back activities and friends and learning. Being home with none of the above spells trouble.

I think there’s a lot to be said for boredom and having to figure out how to entertain herself, but there’s even more to be said about saving my sanity. And being able to work. And maybe vacuum once or twice. Or at least being able to think about vacuuming without having my thoughts interrupted by the incessant drone of how bored everyone is.

So I took to the interwebs and compiled a list of things kids can do—outside. You’re welcome.hey girl 50 outdoor activities for kids

  1. Make and play with ice chalk.
  2. Do an ice excavation with Legos or a mix of materials.
  3. Set them up with some water balloon target practice.
  4. Make rainbow bubble snakes.
  5. Send them on a simple scavenger hunt.
  6. Create a cozy outdoor reading area.
  7. Make an inexpensive water table that they can splash in all summer long.
  8. Play prop-free outdoor games.
  9. Make bubble wands.
  10. Do a solar s’mores experiment.
  11. Make sidewalk squirt paint.
  12. Set up an outdoor kitchen.outdoor activities for kids: outdoor kitchen
  13. Sidewalk chalk art + rock art = awesome sauce.
  14. Make a water blob.
  15. Create a fairy garden (or a Lego garden or a dinosaur garden or…).
  16. Let them try their hand at water gun painting.
  17. Make mud soup.
  18. Have a clothesline art show.
  19. Spend the day park hopping (picnic optional!).
  20. Set up an outdoor art studio.
  21. Make a tin foil river.
  22. Set up an outdoor obstacle course with pool noodles.
  23. Use masking tape to turn your deck (or driveway!) into a giant outdoor board game.
  24. Throw a paint party.outdor activities for kids: paint party
  25. Turn an old nightstand into a lemonade stand.
  26. Bust out the hose and let the kids wash the windows.
  27. Make a giant Kerplunk game with tomato cages.
  28. Take a walk and do a sound safari.
  29. Have a bike rodeo.
  30. Make your kids part of their pavement art.
  31. Four words: kiddie pool bubble bath.
  32. Make Mandala art.
  33. Paint on trees.
  34. Make a pool noodle waterfall.
  35. Let them paint with their feet.
  36. Make ice cream in a bag.
  37. Explore outside and use your findings to make a nature craft.
  38. Have a toy car wash. Better yet—have a real car wash!
  39. Make a teepee.
  40. Set up a play garden for them to dig their little hearts out in (via The Imagination Tree).outdoor activities for kids: play garden
  41. Make a butterfly feeder.
  42. Have a newspaper snowball fight.
  43. Make a shaving cream slip and slide.
  44. Build an outdoor blanket fort for when they need to escape the sun.
  45. Paint with (clean!) fly swatters.
  46. Play an outdoor color match game with paint swatches.
  47. Have an outdoor movie night.
  48. Make a recycled music station.
  49. Make fairy soup.
  50. Build forts for a water balloon fight.outdoor activities for kids:lego forts for water balloon fights

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And if you have ideas to add to the list, whether it be something you’ve done in the past or a blog post you’ve seen or written, feel free to leave it in the comments!

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.