Playing outside is great for children and adults but it isn’t always easy to think of things to keep children entertained. A great thing about home educating our children is that we have the freedom to get outside throughout the day and can seize the days when the sun is shining.
Sometimes, it can be hard to think of fun outside activities for kids to do. To make it easier, I have drawn up a list of mostly free things to do outside as a family or for your children to help you find the perfect fun activity.
- Hiking – A great way to explore the outdoors and get some exercise. Hiking is a great way to get kids away from screens and explore the outdoors. It’s also a great way to get some exercise as a family.
- Rock Art – Collect rocks and paint them for use as garden decoration, paperweights or pet rocks.
- Bike riding – A classic activity that’s still loads of fun Bike riding is a great activity that’s perfect for exploring your neighbourhood or getting out into nature. It’s also a great workout for both kids and adults.
- Keep a Nature Journal of what you see outside.
- Skating – A fun way to stay active. Whether you’re ice skating or roller skating, it’s sure to be a fun time for everyone.
- Swimming – A refreshing way to cool off in the summer heat Swimming is a refreshing way to cool off in the summer heat. It’s also a great workout for both kids and adults.
- Playing in the park – A timeless favourite for kids of all ages It’s a great way to explore new playgrounds and meet other children in the neighbourhood.
- Plant a garden with your kids. The garden could have flowers, fruit and vegetables or they can grow their own herbs.
- Building sandcastles – An imaginative activity for beach days Building sandcastles is an imaginative activity that’s perfect for beach days. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids about physics and engineering principles.
- Picnic – A lovely way to enjoy a sunny day A picnic is a lovely way to enjoy a sunny day with your family or friends. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids about cooking and nutrition.
- Flying a kite – Getting some fresh air while watching the kite dance in the sky.
- Building a fort – Imagination and engineering come together for hours of fun.
- Collecting leaves – A great way to learn about the changing seasons.
- Skipping stones – A simple pleasure that can be enjoyed anywhere there is water.
- Have a water balloon fight. Great fun on a sunny day.
- Build an obstacle course in the backyard. See how quickly you can each get through the course.
- Look for shapes in the clouds. Lay out a blanket on the grass and stare up at the sky. Take turns talking about what shapes you see in the clouds
- Go stargazing – remember to wrap up warm on those chilly nights. Great to learn about all those constellations.
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt.
- Play Frisbee or other lawn games.
- Visit a nearby farm or petting zoo.
- Go camping in the back garden.
- Playing in the rain – Let the kids be kids and have some messy, wet fun.
- Mud Pies – Let the kids get messy while having a ton of fun. Add water and mud into a bowl to make mud pies. Decorate with twigs, leaves and flowers.
It’s much easier to burn off steam when we spend more time outdoors than in. Kids love outdoor play in the fresh air and there’s no end to the outside activities kids can get involved with.