#21. Splash in puddles
Even if it’s raining, kids love to run and jump in puddles. Dress in their wet gear and head out for some rainy fun! Her’s our Top Ten Things to do outside in the Rain.
Get your kids playing outdoor games – they might need a little bit of instruction to get started, so have a look at our 20 Great Childhood Games for inspiration.
#23. Feed the ducks
Take a trip to your local park, river or lake, and feed the ducks.
#24. Have a mini fun sports days
Round up a gang of kids, and host a mini fun sports day, with obstacle courses, long-jump, and novelty races like 3-legged, sack, and egg and spoon. Hours of fun and exhausted kids guaranteed!
#25. Fly a kite
Wait for a windy day, and head to an open space, to fly a kite. You could even try your hand at making the kites.
Line up and knock down Dominoes. Have some great family fun!
#27. Go camping
A night out in a tent is definitely a must for all kids – I still remember my first night out camping, and having to run back inside when the worst ever thunder storm erupted! Even if you don’t get away, can setup tent in the back garden, and enjoy sleeping in the great outdoors.
#28. Have a treasure hunt
A much loved activity in my house, treasure hunts are great fun! All you need are some pens, paper and of course, treasures! Here’s some tips on Setting up a Kid’s Treasure Hunt.
Head out the nearby park or woods, with a ruler and tape-measure, and measure a tree. See who can find the tallest tree.
#30. Make Mudpies!
All you need is some sand, water and a desire to get mucky!
Related: 15 Fun Nature Activities for Kids.
#31. Go fishing
Fishing is a great outdoor activity, but remember, it requires lots of patience on your part. Gear the day/expedition to their level, and assume they will want to get wet, and look for everything else but fish! However, can be a great way to spend time with your child, and you might even bring home dinner! Fishing nets on the beach are ideal for catching crabs in rock pools, and a lot easier too!
#32. Try star gazing
On a clear night, bring the kids outside for some star gazing. If you have a telescope all the better, but is not necessary. See if you can recognise any of the well-known constellations – see our tips on Fun Astronomy for Kids.
#33. Get arty with some pavement chalk!
Let the kids loose on your pavement or driveway, with some pavement chalk, and stand back and watch their creations unfold!
#34. Watch clouds
Watching clouds is a very relaxing way to spend some time outdoors, for all ages. Get the kids to lie on a blanket in the garden or at the park. Clouds all look the same but yet can be so different as they morph into different shapes and objects.
#35. Wash the car
Washing the car = fun for kids! They most likely will get wet, have a chance at using the hose, and might even earn some pocket money! They could even do a neighbourhood car wash.
Related : 50 Fun Summer Activities for Kids
#36. Run a lemonade stall
A lovely summer’s activity and a great way for your kids to learn about money. All they need is a table/box, sign, paper cups, jug, and lemonade. You could help them make homemade lemonade instead of buying lemonade. Alternatively, they could sell some buns they have made – we have lots of recipe ideas here.
#37. Make a waterfall in garden
Let the kids make a temporary waterfall in the garden, using large stones, hose, plastic tubing, and any other props they might require. They could also make a marble-run but use water instead of marbles.
#38. Make your own bird feeders
Provide some treats for the birds and halp the kids make some bird feeders.
Can be done individually, or if have a few friends around, get a large rope, and get the kids doing some skipping games.
#40. Plant some flowers
Gather any old welly boots your children have outgrown. Poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of them and then fill them with some compost. Choose which flower seeds you would like to plant. Sunflowers are a favourite among kids as they grow very quickly and are very easy to grow.
Place them along your path or outside your front door. Your kids will love to see their old wellies blooming!