Have you guys been over to visit my friend Kristen over at Practical Mommy lately? Well let me tell you that Kristen has an endless amount of useful and fun information for any mom! So it is such a treat to get to have her as a guest today to share some of her great ideas with all of us!
Thank you so much Kristen for sharing these great outdoor activities!
7 Fun and Free Outdoor Activities for Kids
Summer activities can get expensive before you know it – summer school, vacation bible school, theme parks, family vacations, you name it. Need some budget friendly alternatives that also get your kids outside and spending some quality family time together? Here are 7 fun and free outdoor activities for kids.
Meet up with friends at the park
Meeting friends at the park has got to be the #1 best free option for summertime activities. Grab a friend – mom friends with kids, school friends, cousins – and head out to a local park. You can also branch out a little and try a park that is outside your home territory. Try visiting a park you’ve been to before or in a neighboring town.
Slip n slide in your front yard
So, get out your slip n slide (you have one right?) and start playing in your own yard.
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Or if you’re feeling adventurous, this video shows you how to make your own homemade slip n slide with lots of extras.
Hike a National Park
This is the real outdoors, not a kid’s park. This would be a great learning experience for kids of all ages to see the majesty of Nature in a National Park. Be sure to check for any alerts and notices before heading out and be aware that there are wild animals there.
Here is a resource to help you find a nearby National Park.
Rollerskating, scooters or biking
Going on a bear hunt
This idea is based on a great book for kids. If you have the book already, you know that it’s about a family going on an adventure to try to find a bear. (If you don’t have the book check your local library or get it here – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt).They journey through tall grass, mud and water and more before finally finding the bear. Then they run all the way home. Journey through your neighbood and go on your own bear hunt with your kids. Then go home and read the book again together with some great memories attached.
Get a nature book at the library and then head outdoors. Have the kids try to identify different plants and birds. Another idea is to visit a local farm or community garden and identify fruits and vegetables (and maybe try a few).
Here is a resource to help you find local gardens.
Make a mud pie
What kid doesn’t like to make a big mess? Give them free reign with some dirt and water. Let them make mud pies and then hose them down before they come back inside.
Go fly a kite
Last but not least, take your kids outside to fly a kite. If you don’t have one on hand, you can find them easily at Target, the Dollar Store or here on Amazon. There aren’t as many people flying kites as there used to be, but it is still a fun pastime for kids. It could even be a learning experience about wind patterns, clouds or airplanes.
Thanks again to Kristen from Practical Mommy for all of these super fun ideas! I personally am excited to get our bear hunt started!
Which activity do you think you will start with? Let me know in the comments below! Lets chat!
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