What do you have going on this summer? Summer can look different for a lot of us moms. No matter if you’re a working mom or a SAHM, your backyard can be an awesome place for the kiddos to enjoy their summer. This list of fun backyard activities for kids is jam packed with ways to make any yard a kid approved hangout.
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Backyard Activities for Kids
1. Yard Games
2. Movie Night
Have a projector? Set it up outside! Lay out some blankets, pop some popcorn, and enjoy a movie under the stars!
3. Slip and Slide
Who doesn’t love a good slip and slide?!
Find one on Amazon… or build one like we did back in the day with thick plastic and soap.
4. Create a Garden
We enjoy planting. Create a space in your yard to add a garden. No space for a garden? Use planters.
My 7-year-old currently has tomato plants growing that he started from a seed. Here’s the tomato growing kit I bought him for his birthday.
5. Bubbles of All Kinds
Bubbles come in so many forms now. Did you know there are scented bubbles AND bubbles you can eat? Let your kiddos create their own bubbles with a little soap and water, or purchase a bubble machine so they can really go to town!
Painting is a great backyard activity for kids! Whether they are painting a flower pot, or painting on canvas, I’m sure they will love this idea.
Having a picnic is such a simple idea, but kids love it… and with the mess staying outside, you will too!
8. Build a Fort
If you’ve been planning to build a clubhouse of some sort, now is the time! If not, this idea is still an option. Get creative mama, or better yet, let the kiddos get creative.
Let them build a fort out of sticks, cardboard boxes, blankets and chairs, or whatever they can find to make their dream fort.
9. Make a Fairy Garden
Fairies need plants and tiny houses! This is a neat way for kids to use their imagination.
10. Make S’mores
Use a grill or fire pit to make the ultimate summer s’mores.
11. Have a Cook-Out
Keep in simple with hot dogs or spice it up with BBQ ribs. If you feel like company, invite some of your family’s friends over, so the kids can run around while the parents cook-out.
12. Scavenger Hunt
My kids absolutely love scavenger hunts. Creating a backyard scavenger hunt is simple, or you can use the one I created.
13. Collect Bugs
Bugs. Find bugs.
My boys really enjoy this bug catching kit they got from Santa!
14. Make Homemade Popsicles
Let your kids experiment by making homemade popsicles. They will enjoy trying their concoction on a hot afternoon!
15. Paint Rocks
Let the kiddos search for flat rocks in the backyard to paint. Once they are all dry, they are fun to play hide and seek with! Another option would be to take a few to a local park to hide. Once someone finds your rock, they are supposed to hide it in a new location for the next person, and so on.
16. Water Gun Battle
Turn on the sprinklers, fill up some water balloons, and load the water guns.
17. Make Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
Have an old flat sheet? Well, I have a fun idea for you. Paint a giant tic-tac-toe board on the flat sheet, spread it out in the backyard, and weigh down the corner. Add frisbees. Poof! Giant tic-tac-toe the whole fam can enjoy.
18. Have a Relay Race
This is on my summer bucket list! I want to plan a day for my kids and their friends to enjoy a backyard field day, if you will. Your relay race doesn’t have to be such a big production, but it certainly can be!
Think egg race, egg toss, balloon race, dizzy bat race, and more!
19. Have a Themed Party
Have a small family party, or invite all your friends! It would be fun to have a luau. It would be a must to include leis and coconut cups with umbrellas of course.
20. Play with Chalk
Draw all over the sidewalk, back patio, or whatever space is available. Feeling extra creative? Create an outdoor chalkboard for the fence.
Summer is Here
I hope you enjoyed this awesome list of backyard activities for kids. If you have ideas to add, leave them below!
Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with your family this summer!