Do you have plans for the summer months ahead? If you are like many of us, you are likely looking for fun things to do while staying on a budget. Times are tough for many of us, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to have fun!
Because the weather is nicer during the summer, I am all about finding fun outside activities. Frankly, I love the idea of keeping kids playing outside instead of always being inside watching TV or playing video games. This list of 25 Things To Do Outside For Summer Fun is a great place to start when working on having fun while keeping within a budget. This list is full of many amazing ideas!
25 THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE FOR SUMMER FUN
As parents, long summer days often leave us struggling to come up with something fun to do together. You can manage only so many trips to the pool and library. That means you need fun and inexpensive ideas for use at home.
Many of these ideas require a little work, but before you start creating these great ideas for things to do outside, be sure to have some basic supplies on hand. I recommend having pool noodles, a garden hose, sidewalk chalk, a bubble solution, and some paint. Stocking your supply closet for outside summer fun is a must because with many of these supplies, you can create all of these fun activities.
Outdoor Activities Help Reach Developmental Milestones
We all know how much fun these activities can be for kids (and adults) of all ages, but are these games good for child development and entertainment? The answer is yes!!
We all want to help our children thrive, but many of us don’t realize how much fun can be had while learning. That’s right! All of the activities on this list are great for helping your child reach developmental milestones, such as building fine motor skills and social/cognitive skills. Additionally, these outdoor activities help kids build their social and emotional development, especially when enjoyed with friends and family.
Ladybug Painted Rocks from Crafts by Amanda
Kiddie Pool Star Gazing from Crafty Morning
Glow in the Dark Bubble Fun from Growing A Jeweled Rose
DIY Sand Picnic Table from Welke
Cheap Homemade Sprinkler from Ziggity Zoom
DIY Kiddie Car Wash from Crafty Morning
Squirt Gun Painting from Fireflies and MudPies
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Water Balloon Pinatas from Milk Allergy Mom
Slackline Zipline from Bring The Kids
DIY Mini Golf Course from EHow
Angry Birds Yard Game from Alabama.com
Homemade Outdoor Twister from Sassy Style Redesign
DIY Obstacle Course from Queen of the Theme Party Games
Box Car Drive In Movie from Crafty Moods
Glow in the Dark Bowling from Growing A Jeweled Rose
Giant Bubbles from Pintester
Build a Fairy Garden from Curly Crafty Mom
Kick Croquet Game from Chasing Fireflies
Inflatable Pool Fountain from EHow
Build your Own Swimming Pool from Goods Home Design
DIY Yard Yahtzee from The Pinning Mama
Giant Jenga from A Beautiful Mess
DIY Water Wall from Tinker Lab
If you are ready to get the kids outside, any fun ideas in this post should get them running outside and giggling with joy. Summertime is the best time to build your children’s imagination while keeping them busy outside in the sunshine. These fun ideas of things to do outside are a great place to begin but don’t forget to build upon them with things like trips to the park, to the zoo, and nature walks along with them. Building your children’s sense of adventure by getting outside and being active is a must.
Does your family enjoy water games and bubbles or lawn games? There is no shortage of fun things to do here!
MORE SUMMER GAME IDEAS
If you have a rainy day – you’ll want some good backup ideas to help keep you and the kids happy indoors. That’s why we sometimes like to pull out all of our favorite board games, card games, and even video games to create a great day! Just because you are indoors doesn’t mean you can’t also be active!
- Truck Off: Food Truck Frenzy – a great game that allows you to compete with your friends or family to see who has the best food truck
- Monopoly: This classic teaches kids about money and responsibility. Plus adds some friendly competition.
- Atari Flashback: This fun mini console brings back some of the top classic arcade games to your living room. Great for fun as a family.
- Phase 10: This card game is a great way to spend an hour or two of competition with your family! Also ideal for younger kids needing to recognize numbers, colors, and number sequences.
MORE SUMMER FUN IDEAS
If you aren’t sure what to do with the ideas we listed above, don’t miss out on our own personal favorites. Below you’ll find links to some of our other popular posts for summer, including some great summer camps and museums for the kids and some easy ways to keep the kids active without breaking the bank. Staying busy during school breaks includes these fun outside activities that everyone loves!