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Summer Outdoor Activities for Kids



Summer is winding down, but there is still tons of fun to be had! We put together a list of great outdoor activities to try this summer. For more outdoor kid-friendly ideas, visit our Outdoor Exploration/Play Pinterest board.



DIY Water Blob

Kids will love this one! Plastic sheeting is turned into a giant water blog where kids can relax and play, and stay dry! Get the instructions here!


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Water balloon battle

For some friendly outdoor fun, plan a backyard water balloon battle! To make the balloon-filling process much easier, you can buy this gadget that fills 100 balloons at a time!


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Giant Connect Four

Upgrade your indoor game to a super sized outdoor one! This game is fun for the whole family! Find it here.


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DIY Flower Crowns

Kids will love finding flower and leaves to make their very own flower crown! Check out this tutorial from She Knows.


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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts can provide hours of outdoor fun for kids big and small. Kids can explore and discover new things right in your own backyard! Check out this link from Hands On As We Grow for tons of different educational scavenger hunt ideas!


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Chalk Bombs

This one is half science experiment, half art project! (Outdoor use only!)

What you will need:

White vinegar

Ziplock sandwich baggies

Baking soda

Food coloring or chalk paint


Prep: Add some vinegar (about 1/2-1 cup) to several baggies, then a drop or two of food coloring (or chalk paint) in each.


When you’re ready to launch the chalk bombs, quickly add a tablespoon of baking soda then reseal, shake and toss! The chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda will make the bag expand then pop! You can swirl and move the chalk around with paintbrushes to make beautiful sidewalk art.



Paint with Water

This is a quick and mess-free activity and it’s great for hot summer days! You will need construction paper, paintbrushes and water. Kids can “paint” the construction paper (or sidewalk, or driveway) with water, let it dry, and then repeat!



Painted Rocks for Tic-Tac-Toe

This activity only required a few materials—rocks, paint, and chalk!

Paint rocks with alternating colors/shapes (blue vs red, x’s vs o’s, stripes vs. polka dots) then draw a tic-tac-tow board with chalk!

Painted rocks can be stored in an outdoor garden area for décor and later use!