#41. Crazy golf course
Get the kids to let their imaginations run wild, and setup a crazy golf course in the garden, using buckets, plastic cups/glasses, ramps, car tracks, boxes etc. Anything will work, to make the hole as crazy as possible! Aim for 3 or 4 holes minimum in their course, and then have a competition, counting lowest number of shots to reach hole as a win.
#42. Make a scarecrow
This is a lovely project for the kids to do, particularly if they have helped you with the gardening. And even if the scarecrow is never used in the garden, it’s a fun project to do. All you need is some old clothes, hat, canes, straw or old newspapers for stuffing, needle and thread, and plastic bag. See how to make this simple scarecrow.
Always good to move the “messy” crafts outside, so if the weather is good, set up a paint table in the back garden. Use lots of outdoor interesting shapes for painting, like grass blades, or sticks, or unusual plant leaves. Get them to gather some leaves and do leaf patterns. If weather a bit windy, might need some heavy stones to pegs to keep the pages on the table.
#44. Make sandcastles
A great beach activity, enjoyed by kids, time after time. As well as using the bucket and shovel, why not use some flat knives and spoons to help carve out their structures.
#45. Make a Slip ‘n’ Slide
Why spend money on a slip ‘n’ slide, when you can easily make your own, with strong refuse bags or large plastic sheet, washing-up liquid, and a hose. Guaranteed hours of fun!
#46. Hunt for animal tracks
Look around your garden or if you are out for a walk, and see if you can spot and animal tracks. Borrow a book from the library to help you identify the different animal/bird tracks.
#47. Car racing
Most houses have a toy box full of cars. Bring it outside and let the kids have car races down the driveway, seeing which car goes furthest. They could even award “cups” to the winners!
Blowing bubbles should lead to giggles! Use different blowers for a range of bubbly fun. When all the bubbles are used up, why not try making your own using washing-up liquid, sugar and water.
#49. Play Tag in the dark
Great fun for older kids on a summer’s evening. Send them outside with torches to play chase or tip the can in the dark – amazing how the whole games can change when played in the dark.
#50. Make sun shadows
You will need : Sunshine, Nature items e.g. leaves, twigs, flowers, Construction paper – darker colours work better
What to do:
- Find a sunny spot outside late morning. Arrange the items on a sheet of paper.
- You might need a stone for each corner to keep it from blowing away if it’s breezy.
- Leave the paper for several hours in direct sunlight.
- The sun will fade the construction paper, it will create silhouettes where your items are located.
#51. Have some fun with boxes
You know the saying- give a child a toy and they will have more fun playing with the box. Make a play house or bus or car out of a cardboard box. Or use a cereal box to make a jack in the box using a doll or teddy for inside. Decorate and embellish as you like.
#52. Play Dress Up
Let the kids and the adults swap roles and clothes for the day- or at least an hour or two. It will be lots of fun choosing what to wear as well as trying to find childrens clothes to fit the adults!
#53. Make Homemade Ice-Pops
Blend your favourite fruit and pour mixture into your ice-pop moulds. Freeze as usual and enjoy later.
With some simple ingredients, the kids can enjoy helping make homemade pizza and putting their own toppings on.( You can choose to just use shop bought dough also).
Chop up some vegetables and let each person arrange on their own pizzas. Make some funny or scary faces out of your pizzas. Pop in the oven and serve for dinner.
#55. Design Your Own Clothes
Cut up old jeans to make shorts or an old T-shirt to make a sleeveless top. Then design as you like. Adorn them with sequins, add buttons, or tie-dye them (more tips here)
#56. Create Pretty Vases
Upcycle old jam jars by painting them to use as pretty vases on your window sills.
#57. Hold a Race
Root out any toy at home that works using a remote control. This could be a car, a dog, dinousaur or anything at all. Let your children choose which toy will be theirs for the race and line them up at a chalked out start line. Then let the race begin as each toy must compete to cross the finish line first. The toys can be swapped around for each race.
#58. Bake a Cake
Kids love to bake and nothing beats the smell of home cooking. Enjoy some quality time baking a cake, be it for a birthday, a special occasion or just for fun. Try this delicious Vanilla Cake, or this No-Bake Refrigerator Cake or some of our birthday cakes
#59. Pasta Bead Jewellery
My children love to design their own jewellery using penne pasta. This is a great way to pass a few hours on a rainy day.
First the children paint the pasta. Once dry, thread some string through various coloured pasta to make bracelets and necklaces.
Then the children can parade about modelling their new jewellery.
#60. Make music
Perhaps there’s an old tin whistle or piano lying around at home. You could download some instructions and simple songs to learn too. You could also make some cheap instruments, using kitchen utensils(most popular in our house are pots, wooden spoons, tins, spatula) and form a band – check out our tips here.