Fun Outdoor Activities for Children of All Abilities
Warm and sunny summer days are here at last! School is finally out, and the summer breeze fills the air. Summer means getting to spend more time with the kids and finding enjoyable new activities. With our newly found sunshine-filled days, here are some creative and fun outdoor activities for seizing the day with the kiddos!
Outdoor Art Projects
One of the best ways to enjoy the warm summer sun is by creating some sidewalk chalk art! It is a great way to let children’s creativity flow and a clean artform to let children express themselves. An alternative to making sidewalk art is using water instead of chalk, just use paintbrushes dipped in the water to create the art. Kids can have fun drawing wildlife and nature seen around the yard, or even make a hopscotch board!
Another activity for kiddos this summer is a nature scavenger hunt! Kids can search their yard for elements in nature such as flowers, ladybugs, and dandelions. This is a unique and interesting way to have kiddos learn more about the world around them. To put a twist on it, have a scavenger hunt at a local nature reserve or even farm instead of the backyard!
Outdoor Lunch or Picnic
The best part of a summer day is the enjoyment of cold drinks and yummy food! Organize a picnic outside for the kids. Whether it’s in the backyard, a local park, or at the beach, picnics add more fun to those summer lunches. To involve the kids more, have them help prepare their favorite foods before packing it up. A picnic is a nice way to spend time together while enjoying a meal!
When the warm day finally comes to an end, the fun doesn’t have to end. Set up an outdoor movie night with popcorn and other fun snacks! Low-cost projectors are available to project a movie on any flat surface. These projectors can connect to a cell phone, and the movie can be projected onto an old sheet or the blank wall of a house. Some communities have free movie nights outside where families can gather to watch movies, but don’t forget the popcorn and candy!
Campfire with Smores
Finish a summer night on a sweet note by making smores with the family! Gather all the delicious supplies to make the best smores and cook them over a fire. Of course, be sure to supervise kiddos when they roast their smores over the fire. Alternatively, if roasting smores over the fire is a concern, electronic smores makers can be purchased online. There are also devices to make smores in the microwave instead. Smores are a delicious way to get kiddos involved in a hands-on activity that they get to enjoy after!
Whether you decide to make daisy and ladybug sidewalk chalk art or have a picnic on the beach, there are many fun outdoor activities to do with the kids this summer! Remember with any outside activities to be sure to bring the sun block and lots of water to stay hydrated.
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