5/03/17 5/03/17 POPSUGAR Moms Food and Activities Outdoor Activities For Kids This Summer 41 Outdoor Activities to Get Kids Out of the House This Summer May 3, 2017 by Rebecca Gruber 7K Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. POPSUGAR has joined Thrive Global in celebration of Screen-Free Week, May 1-7, 2017. Check out our Digital Detox Challenge and inspiration for offline activities like this post. The temperature's rising, school's out of session, and all your kids want to do is sit inside and play. Make the next warm Summer day more fun than ever with games, crafts, and activities they can't really do indoors. From messy projects to those that will cool tots off with splashes of water, we've come up with 41 activities that will have tots begging to head outside this Summer. — Additional reporting by Emily Bibb 1 Craft With Seashells Seashells make a great craft because they are inexpensive (or free) and the options are endless. Your tots can paint them, string them, or stack them. The only thing needed is some glue and a little creativity! Source: Flickr User Athena's Armoury 2 Write a Summer Bucket List Teach the kids about setting goals early on with a Summer bucket list. It doesn't have to be anything serious — friendships, new sports, or recipes — but it will be fun to check items off the list and turn to it for ideas when it feels like you're in the midst of an endless Summer. Consider making one at the end of the Summer too, heading into the school year. Source: Flickr User Praying for Lions 3 Make a Slip 'n Slide Oh the slip 'n slide! Whether you choose to homemake one with plastic sheeting or purchase one ($20), no child will turn this activity down. Try adding pool toys and setting it on a slight slope to increase the fun factor. Source: Wendy Updegraff Photography homemake one with plastic sheeting or $20 from wemadethat.blogspot.com Buy Now purchase one $20 from amazon.com Buy Now 4 Make Designs With Body Paint No need to head to the fair; have fun at home with body paint ($7). Use a paint brush and glitter to draw their favorite designs. Source: Flickr User detroitjetaime body paint $7 from amazon.com Buy Now 5 Try a Bubble Paint Project This time it's OK for your child to blow bubbles in her drink! With only a few ingredients you probably already have around the house, your tot will make beautiful and dreamy bubble prints that turn into great book covers, handmade cards, or decorations for her room. Messy, yes, but that makes this project even more fun — and perfect for a sunny Summer afternoon! Source: Sarah Lipoff 6 Take a Hike Head outdoors with a local hike. A scenic stroll is just the way they can get their energy out and explore good ol' Mother Nature. It's the perfect opportunity for teaching them about plants and flowers too. Source: Flickr User courosa 7 Paint a Chalkboard Wall A chalkboard wall gives your artists a place to draw without the worry — phew! Consider these creative ideas for chalkboard paint and read this guide before you get started. Source: Green is the New Black 8 Feed the Ducks Pack up the kids, head to the park, and feed the ducks! With just a roll of bread, you and the kids are guaranteed endless entertainment, not to mention giggles. You can even make a half-day trip of it, packing a lunch and hanging by the playground. Source: Flickr User j_lozinski 9 Start a Lemonade Stand A classic Summer activity, starting a lemonade stand is easy to do and will help teach them a bit about business. Get inspired and stir up a pitcher; this activity will keep them busy all day. Source: Nikki Hayes Designs 10 Play With Sidewalk Chalk One bucket of sidewalk chalk will lend itself to hours of entertainment and tons of learning opportunities. All you need is a concrete space, a wild imagination, and a hose for cleanup. Try these five ideas to start with. Source: Flickr User dhanlian 11 Make Chalk Spray Sure, the kids can play with sidewalk chalk this Summer. But why not switch it up a bit and let them spray their chalk. By simply mixing paint, water, cornstarch, and soap, they'll have a unique formula that's fun to spritz on the driveway and sidewalk. Source: Infarrantly Creative 12 Turn the Deck Into a Massive Game Board Board games are a lot more fun when you can actually jump into them. The 36th Avenue converted their deck into a game board with a giant pair of dice. Source: The 36th Avenue 13 Make a Trike Car Wash With little more than some PVC pipe and a garden hose, you can transform your driveway into a car wash for small tricycle riders. Source: Lowes 14 Brew Up Sun Tea On extremely hot days, brew up sun tea. It's rather simple and the kids will get a kick from brewing a tasty drink outside. This spearmint tea recipe is a sweet combination of lemon and mint for a nice summertime flavor. Source: Food Fashion and Fun 15 Play Car Wash A car wash is probably one of the few chores that can be turned into playtime. Get out the buckets, rags, and bubbles, and let them have fun with it. Reward them for their hard work with a few bucks or a trip to the candy store! Source: Flickr User DoubleLPhoto 16 Create an Outdoor Science Lab Science is fun but messy. So bring the lab outside in the Summer and let kids mix and spill to their hearts' content! This outdoor science lab has everything kids need to start experimenting — beakers, test tubes, food coloring, and a ground ready to soak up the spills! Source: Caution! Twins at Play 17 Make a Sundae Bar Kick the kids' sweet tooth into high gear with an ice cream sundae bar. All you need is a few flavors of ice cream and their favorite toppings, like Oreos, gummy bears, and sprinkles (of course!). Source: Flickr User firefly64 18 Make a Giant Outdoor Kerplunk Game From Tomato Cages Who doesn't love a game of Kerplunk? When the weather gets warm, head outside and make a giant version of the game out of tomato cages. Better yet, fill it with water balloons for some fun play. Source: Design Dazzle 19 Make a Garden Sensory Bin Sensory boxes are a fun way to get kids talking about what they're seeing and feeling. This garden sensory bin is a great way to wrap a theme around the bin. Source: Mess For Less 20 Play Dress-Up With Face Paint Turn the kids into their favorite animals with face paint, glitter, and jewels. Don't worry if you're not a professional makeup artist, we have all the tips and tricks you need to know. Source: Flickr User left-hand 21 Make Ice Cream in a Coffee Can Avoid the mess of making ice cream inside with this fun and toddler-friendly activity. Simply mix the ingredients and then have the kids roll the can back and forth! Source: Flickr user jenniferschwalm 22 Do Some Edible Popsicle Painting Beat the heat with this seriously easy and fun edible popsicle painting activity. Make some popsicles the day before you know things are heating up, and you're ready for a Summer painting adventure. Source: Sarah Lipoff 23 Build a Waterfall Water Wall Imaginative, and a fun way to keep cool! We love this waterfall water wall that kids can create using household items and a garden hose! Source: Playing by the Book 24 Have a Campfire Some of the best Summer memories can be made around a campfire. If you have a fire pit or access to one, let the kids roast everything from veggies to s'mores. After everyone is fed and full, tell stories and share in some good laughs. Source: Flickr User annalea hart 25 Host a Water Fight Turn on the sprinklers, crank up the hose, and fill up those water guns; it's time for a water fight! The perfect activity on a hot day, water fights are a great substitute for the pool and a fun way for the kids to keep cool. Just be sure to have the towels handy. Source: Wendy Updegraff Photography 26 Do Some Tie-Dyeing Tie-dyeing, that age-old activity that helps color little ones' clothes, is a great way to have some fun this Summer, but by moving it outside, no one has to worry about it ruining furniture. Source: Flickr user debmomof3 27 Start Soap Boat Racing For less than $10, your kids can create a backyard race track that will keep them entertained all afternoon. These soap boat races are not only fun for kids, adults will love competing too! Source: I Heart Naptime 28 Plan a Water Balloon Fight On a particularly hot day, fill some water balloons and place them in baskets throughout the yard. Then invite the neighbors over and inform them all of your water balloon fight. Source: Flickr user eflon 29 Plan a Treasure Hunt Pull out the pirate hats and send them on a treasure hunt. Make a treasure map by staining the paper with coffee and burning the edges. Then, have a prize — gold coins — hidden at the end of the journey. Watching their excitement will be just as fun for you as it is for them. Source: Flickr User Chica and Jo 30 Play Sidewalk Sudoku If your tot already loves the game of sudoku, put the pen and paper away and shut off the iPad because it's time to create a giant version for the driveway. Once other kids see your tot solving the puzzles, they'll be quick to join in the fun! Source: The Usual Mayhem 31 Set Up an Obstacle Course Get the kids into a competitive spirit with an obstacle course. Using objects you already own (ropes, tubes, and beams), you can create a backyard course that tests their agility and will keep them entertained for hours. It also makes an affordable party theme too! Source: Flickr User Cayusa 32 Head to the Beach If you live on a coast, nothing beats a day at the beach. Pack these essentials for the babe and let the tots play in sand. Just don't forget the sunscreen! Source: Flickr User MikeHenryPhoto 33 Decorate Cookies No need to wait until Christmas; bake up these gooey sugar cookies and let the tots decorate. Use cookie cutters, food coloring, and sprinkles to make each cookie unique. Source: Flickr User thedecoratedcookie 34 Plant a Garden Get outside and get gardening. Starting a garden is a great way to teach the kiddos about fresh food and get them cooking later on. Between the watering and the weeding, a garden will keep them occupied all Summer long, too. If all goes as planned, they'll have a pumpkin come Fall! Source: Sweet Happy Life 35 Try Throwball Painting Art and movement join forces when you start throwball painting. All that's needed is a box, some paint, and some balls. The end result is nothing short of colorful! Source: Blog Me Mom 36 Plan a Picnic Pack for a picnic and head to the park; it's time for an adventure! Between their favorite snacks and these picnic essentials, you'll have a nice afternoon under the sun. Source: Flickr User Paul and Christa 37 Make a Spray-Paint Craft Get out the spray bottles: this spray-paint craft will have your tot spritzing away! Along with making something really colorful, this activity will get all those little hand muscles moving, perfect for building fine motor skills. Your child will also explore color theory, seeing what happens when the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) mix together! Doing this project outdoors makes cleanup as easy as a hose-down. Source: Sarah Lipoff 38 Go Fountain Jumping Plan a day of visiting park fountains and splash pads to keep the kids cool. Each pad is different, providing tots with tons of different ways to play. Source: Flickr user codyr 39 Have a Scavenger Hunt Put your little detectives to work with a scavenger hunt. This is a great activity for a group of kids, and you can set it up anywhere: park, backyard, house, or neighborhood. Keep it simple or turn to this detective party for clues on how to set up a more elaborate adventure. Source: Flickr User LauraCornwall 40 Camp in Your Backyard No Summer is complete without a night of backyard camping. Pitch a tent, make s'mores, and tell campfire stories — no worry of bears necessary! Source: Flickr User Barjinder S. 41 Ice Eggs You can create a world of discovery for your tot with these ice eggs. The night before a warm day, simply fill a balloon with water and add in a small toy or two. Send the kids outside to examine them and see what objects they can find. 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