These simple outdoor kids activities are an incredible way to promote laughter and in your front yard or the park. They are low or no prep, easy and perfect to invite the neighbourhood kids to join in the fun!
Summer vacation is in full swing and we are soaking up as much outdoor play time as possible. Parks, beaches, our backyard, patio and front yard have turned into canvases for my children’s play and imagination. I absolutely love being able to give them a slew of sidewalk chalk or paint and see them create.
Just yesterday, while I was nursing the baby, the house got extra quiet. I came out to find an impromptu fort with my kids and their friends giggling and playing underneath.
Summer really is the essence of what childhood memories are made of.
Lately, our front lawn has become a communal gathering spot. It’s become a place to create, play, imagine and actualize. As the kids have been frequenting our front lawn more, I have been taking prompts outside and watching their fun unfold. These simple outdoor kids activities have been a source of so much enjoyment, laughter, and joy!
Below is a list of some of our favourite simple outdoor kids activities that we have enjoyed again and again.
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Simple Outdoor Kids Activities for the Backyard or Playground
Decorate with Chalk Paint
Make your own chalk paint by combining one part water, one part cornstarch. Then, add the food colouring of your choice. Use spray bottles or paint brushes and stencils to decorate away. It’s water soluble so it washes away easily with the hose.
Recently, we purchased a tub of Crayola chalk paint with different paint brushes, sidewalk chalk, and colouring utensils (photographed).
Water balloon T-Ball/ Baseball.
Grab your t-ball set or just a baseball bat, depending on your child’s ability level. Pre-fill a bunch of water balloons. Put them in a laundry basket or plastic tub. Head to the park and invite friends to play!
Make chalk outlines
With a hand-held cheese grater, grate chalk over friends’ hands, leaves, flowers, stencils and more!
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