Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids
With summer fast approaching, no doubt you'll be looking for some simple outdoor activities your kids will love. Whether you are staying at home in the garden, visiting your local playing field or taking a staycation at a camping or caravan park, we have lots of fun, simple outdoor play ideas that kids of all ages can enjoy. From art projects and messy play to physical activity and sports, check out our top 10 fun ideas to entertain your kids this summer.
No matter where you are, scavenger hunts are quick and easy to set up and can keep your kids busy for hours. Not only that, but when you are playing outdoors, you can set up your own scavenger hunt without spending a penny. The great thing about scavenger hunts is you can set them up absolutely anywhere, using whatever is in your surroundings.
So, what does it involve? All you need to do is write a list of items for your kids to find and send them on their way to find everything on the list. This could include something as simple as a leaf or a blade of grass to more specific items like pine cones and feathers. You can ask them to return as many items back to you as possible or take a picture of what they've found on a phone.
When it comes to outdoor fun, there is no greater adventure than an obstacle course. You could visit an outdoor adventure park near you and climb cargo nets, traipse through mud and swing through the trees. Of course, each obstacle course is different and some may have thrilling drop slides while others may be more natural through the forest. However, they are all equally fun.
You could even set up your own obstacle course at home in the back garden. Using some marker cones, a tunnel and some cardboard boxes to climb over, amongst other things, you can set up your own obstacle course for very little cost and provide hours of fun.
No matter where you are in the UK, visiting the local park is generally free and full of fun. From swings and seesaws to roundabouts and climbing frames, playgrounds provide hours of endless fun for little ones. Kids love running around in wide-open spaces so your local park or a playing field can also be the perfect spot for a picnic or some outdoor sports.
Playing in the park is even more fun with friends, so you could even organise a play date so your kids can have fun with their pals.
Bird feeders are really easy to make with a few objects you've probably got lying around the house. Take an egg carton or a plastic bottle, but some holes in the sides, fill it with birdseed and add some string so you can hang it to a tree in your back garden. Not only will you be helping to feed the local wildlife, but you'll also be reusing old objects which may have just ended up in the bin.
Making a bird feeder can also give your kids a great sense of achievement when they see birds coming to their garden to feast on the feeders they have made.
You just can't beat a good old fashioned water fight, especially on a hot summer day. So if you're at home or at a campsite, grab some water guns, water balloons and a few buckets and prepare to get wet. It doesn't matter how old you are, there really is nothing like a water fight on a hot day.
If you're at home you might want to set up a water table or attach a sprinkler to the hose pipe for younger kids to enjoy. During the summer holidays, your kids may even want to take the water fight into the front garden or somewhere safe in the street so other children can join in too. If there's one thing we know for sure, the more people involved in a water fight, the more fun it can be.
Sandpits are pretty easy to set up, and you may even have one in your local park. So, grab a bucket and spade and a few toys and let your kid's imagination run wild as they dig holes and build castles. Sandpits are easily covered over so you can use them, again and again, to provide so much fun for your little ones.
If you don't have access to a sandpit, why not go to the beach and enjoy the biggest sandpit the world has to offer.
If you're lucky enough to have a garden, setting up a paddling pool can be a great way to entertain your kids when it is hot. Grab some inflatables, a couple of water toys and let them splash about for hours and keep cool. If you take good care of the paddling pool, your kids will get years of enjoyment out of it without you having to buy a new one.
Pool parties are great fun at any age, so invite your friends and their children and let them splash around in the sun.
Right outside your front door or as part of your staycation, enjoying a family bike ride is a great way to explore the outdoors. It doesn't even matter how old your child is. They could have a child seat or trailer attached to your bike, a pushbike with stabilisers, a balance bike or even be a confident cyclist themselves. No matter how much experience your children have of cycling, bike rides are always pleasing for the whole family.
If you're planning on taking your bikes on a staycation with you, check out these great family bike rides around the UK to help plan your trip.
You don't need to be good at sports to enjoy them, and many outdoor sports can be enjoyed with little experience. From rounders and tennis to football and rugby, many outdoor sports don't require a lot of equipment to get started. Often, all you need is an enthusiastic group of kids, and adults, and a ball. Pitches can be marked with objects you have lying around and outdoor sports are great fun for children of all ages.
If you're looking for something a little different, you may want to try Swingball, roller skating or even horse riding.
Safety is always key, but no matter how old you are, climbing trees is always fun. Whether you are staying in the countryside, playing at your local park or exploring the woods, you might want to introduce your kids to the simple pleasure of climbing trees. Of course, you should always be mindful that they never climb too high and they can get down as easily as they got up, but climbing trees is a classic outdoor activity that won't cost a penny.
There are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained outdoors this summer, whether you are staying at home or enjoying a staycation with the family. If you are taking a staycation, you might want to make some modifications to your car first so you have space for everything you want to take with you. Check out our great range of towbars, bike racks and accessories now and make sure you don't have to leave anything behind when you go on holiday this year.