Looking for things to do with the kids this summer? From making daisy chains to summer scrapbooks, here are 50 Fun Summer Activities for Kids, helping to keep the little ones from under your feet, and the bigger ones from climbing the walls! Better yet, lots of these are free!
1. Go for a cycle
Strap on the helmets, grab the bikes, and go for a cycle. You can head out in your local area if you have cycling nearby or pile the bikes in the car and head to a forest or park where it’s safe to cycle. Don’t forget your helmets! Sustrans has some good family cycling safety tips.
2. Go to a playground
Going to the playground is a great way to get the kids active outdoors. Most towns have a local playground, but for a change, why not try a different playground in a nearby town? Pack a picnic and make a day out of it and throw in some surprise treats you can all share to boost energy levels after all that swinging, sliding, running, jumping, skipping!
If the weather is good, get the kids to host a teddybear’s picnic out in the garden. If the weather is not favourable, you can still do the picnic indoors.
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4. Go On a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a great free way of entertaining the kids and a much loved activity in our house. Download our free backyard scavenger hunt and let them loose in the garden! For something a bit different to do outdoors, try our free Sound Scavenger Hunt to download and enjoy while you are out in the forest or woods.
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5. Get them gardening
Gardening with kids is great fun – they love to get mucky and see the result of their work. If you have room, why not assign them their own flower bed and help them plan out their planting? Or give them their own pot/planter. Herbs and salad leaves are quick to grow, and most kids enjoy eating what they have grown! Here’s how to grow your own pizza garden.
6. Make a bird feeder
Make a bird feeder, erect in the garden, and then watch the show from your window.
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7. Fly a Kite
Sometimes the old ideas are the best and is also very relaxing. There is bound to be a windy day over the summer holidays, so have your kite at the ready. You could even try your hand at making the kites.
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8. Make Your Own Frisbees
Gather old lids and decorate them by painting them or colour them using markers. Then admire your artwork as they soar through the air.
9. Make some Music
Get all your instruments out or make some cheap versions, using kitchen utensils (most popular in our house are pots, wooden spoons, tins, spatula) and make some “music” – check out our tips here.
10. Collect Caterpillars and Bugs
A favourite of my son’s but not so much mine, he loves to gather snails, worm, caterpillars and anything else he can catch, and rehome them in old jam jars or similar containers. He loves to feed them grass and watch them run around and explore their new surroundings.
Here’s our free Big Bug Scavenger Hunt List to download and enjoy while you are out in the garden or on a family walk in the woods.