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Fun and Easy Outdoor Activities With Kids

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Kids will often claim to be bored during the summer, but that phrase may mean that they’re ready to spend some time with you. Here are a few fun activities that not only give you and your kids time together, but also teach them a little about the world around them.

Outdoor Activities for Kids


Gather your bottles of bubble solution and all of your bubble-blowing tools. Start by adding a couple of drops of food coloring to the bottle or dish of bubble solution and shake or stir. Blow some bubbles and check to see if they’re clear or if they have taken on any color. Slowly increase the amount of food coloring, keeping track of how many drops you put in and if the bubbles are colored or not.

Chart The Sun’s Travels

Choose a spot on your driveway or patio and mark a large “X” in a space that gets regular sunlight. At about the same time each hour, have your child stand on the “X” and trace his/her shadow with sidewalk chalk, writing the time of day next to it. At the end of the day, take a look at your unusual artwork. The following questions can help you and your child discuss the change in the shadow’s length:

  • What happened to the shadow in the morning? In the afternoon?
  • What time was the shadow the shortest? What time was it the longest?
  • What does this shadow chart tell us about the sun?

Water Balloon Test

This is a fun activity for those unbearably hot days.

If you can, buy a few different brands or sizes of water balloons. Fill them, making sure to keep the brands or sizes separated.

When the water balloons are ready, choose something to throw them against, like the side of the house or the driveway. To make this test fair, the balloons need to be thrown the same way every time.

Keep track of which water balloons bounced and which ones broke right away. Use this information to plan a water balloon party with friends and strategize which water balloons will get everyone soaked the fastest.

These three easy activities should provide some fun with your kids during these warm summer days!

How can I get kids excited to go outside?

Getting kids excited to go outside can not only get them moving but also improve their mental and physical health. To make outdoor activities more enticing, consider planning a family outing to a nearby park or nature preserve.

Another approach is introducing them to new outdoor activities that they might enjoy, such as biking, hiking, or gardening.

Additionally, incorporating outdoor games and toys like frisbees or jump ropes can help add an element of fun to outdoor play.

Developing an interest in nature and wildlife can also help excite kids to explore the great outdoors.

Encouraging children to explore the wildlife in the area through bird watching or nature walks can spark curiosity and excitement.

With a little creative thinking, it’s easy to find engaging activities that can motivate kids to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

Playing outdoors can be a great way for kids to get fresh air and exercise. The right toys can make outdoor play even more fun!

There are plenty of popular outdoor toys for kids that can keep them engaged for hours on end. One of the top choices for outdoor toys is the classic ball.

Whether it’s a soccer ball, basketball, or just a regular playground ball, kids of all ages can have fun playing catch, dribbling, or shooting hoops.

Another popular outdoor toy is the frisbee, which can be a great way to improve coordination and get some exercise while having fun.

For those who love water activities, inflatable pools can also provide hours of entertainment in the backyard.

With so many great outdoor toys available, there’s no excuse not to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

What are fun outdoor games for kids to play?

When the sun is shining and the birds are singing, it’s time to head outdoors and let kids enjoy some fun and games.

Children find joy in outdoor activities, particularly in games that get their competitive juices flowing.

Some classic outdoor games that can never go out of style include tag, hide-and-seek, freeze tag, and hopscotch.

For a more water-filled experience, water balloon toss, water gun fights, and swimming are great options.

Outdoor games not only offer a chance to break the monotony of life, but they also help children develop their physical and social skills.

So, take your pick and gear up for some thrilling outdoor gaming sessions with your kids!

What amount of time should kids spend outdoors daily?

It’s no secret that spending time outdoors is beneficial, especially for children. But just how much time should kids spend outside each day? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a minimum of one hour of outdoor playtime per day for children.

This time spent outdoors can lead to improved physical health, increased creativity, and reduced stress levels.

Encourage your child to enjoy the great outdoors by participating in fun outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and playing sports.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and stay hydrated! By prioritizing outdoor playtime, you are setting your child up for a healthier, happier life.

Kelly Wilson is an editor with Teaching Resource Center, a trusted source of high-quality teaching supplies.

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jiu jitsu

Sunday 6th of May 2012

My partner and i noticed your material has a copyright. How could I go about getting permission to use it?

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Tuesday 22nd of February 2011

Yet there are many things that we can enjoy it with our kids and those times gives us a lot of pleasure too. Having a balloon ride is also a good way to spend sometime with your family and to see the world from a birds eye view which is totally out of this world. Thanks for posting.

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Friday 13th of August 2010

I also love to do the bubbles activity, it brings so much fun to my kids. It's also great to do some artworks with them, they especially love butterflies and would often want to do some butterfly wings. I promise you, it's just so fun!

Shannon Flora

Monday 26th of July 2010

I like the bubbles activity,i love to watch my son blow bubbles.i always have to capture these fun moments on camera.

Thanks,Shannon shannpf1977 at yahoo dot com


Sunday 25th of July 2010

Great tips, I especially like the Water Balloon Fun!