Summer: the perfect season. Unless you are me and hate the heat…and the insects…and nature, in general. But for kids, summer is an almost magical time, where sleeping in, no homework, and spending most of their time in the backyard is the norm. Summer is basically three months in paradise for kids and, since this is probably when kids spend most of their time outside, I’ve compiled a list of outdoor activities for kids that are entertaining, artistic, and even *GASP* educational (I always like to sneak a lesson plan in whenever possible).
Not only does this list have easy and budget-friendly games and activities, but I’ve included paint and chalk art projects for kids who enjoy channeling their inner Picasso, from dandelion art to a unique twist on traditional sidewalk art. And if a trip to the beach or pool isn’t possible this summer, then never fear! This list contains some absolutely wonderful water activities that can be completed in the backyard, like DIY science projects and homemade water soakers.
But, you may protest, my kid is a total bookworm and hates being outside! I get it. I totally was the kid who brought a book with her literally everywhere. But, I solemnly swear that any and every kid will love these summer kids’ crafts, no matter their bookworm status. And if your kids would rather be lost in a book, then I’ve also got that covered. This list contains multiple ideas for creating a fairy garden, so kids can create their own land of make-believe in the backyard with some adorable and imaginative fairytale crafts.
If you or your kids have any awesome ideas for backyard or garden crafts or activities, please feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below. I’m always searching for the next big trend for summer!
I hope you and your little ones love this list of summer crafts for kids. I know these activities are at the top of my summer to-do list!
16 Backyard Activities For Kids That Are Totally Trending This Summer
Water, Water, Everywhere!
- Water Bottle Rocket – Science + Water = Tons of Fun!
- Spongebob Splashpants
- Wacky Water Balloon Yo-Yos
- Tornado in a Tube
Crazy Fun Outdoor Games and Activities
- Flying Paper Plate Frisbee
- Homemade Bucket Toss Game
- PVC Marshmallow Shooters
- Kick Croquet Kids’ Game
Paint and Chalk Art Projects
- Chalk Paint Adventure Trail
- Dandy Dandelion Blow Painting – Magical!
- Outdoor Water Balloon Painting
- Frozen Popsicle Chalk
Make Your Own Fairy Garden
- Floral Fairytale Crown
- Magical Teacup Fairy Garden – Brand New!
- Toilet Paper Roll Fairy House
- Fairy House Kids’ Craft
What summer activities do your kids love? Let us know below in the comments!