Summer is all about making the most of the abundance of sunshine and spending it outdoor with the kids. This summer, I’ve put my family to the challenge of coming up with kids activities that are fun, creative and economical. I want my kids to enjoy mother nature as much as possible during summer but at the same time, I want them to do something fun and creative that won’t break my bank account.
Give the following summer kids activities a try. Each of them have been tried and tested by my own kids and have been given the tick of approval!
Time to work on that garden you’ve been neglecting!
Summer is the perfect time to get out your gardening tools and get that backyard garden that you’ve been neglecting back into shape. Most kids love getting their hands and feet dirty out in nature. Take this opportunity to start introducing your kids to the many benefits of gardening. This summer, my kids and I are planting cherry tomatoes and peas to make fresh salads with.
- Organise an outdoor Scavenger or Treasure Hunt
All kids love adventures - especially those that takes place beyond the home backyard. Get out the compass, maps, binoculars, tents, toy treasure chest and plan a scavenger or treasure hunt at the local parks, national parks or lakes. Look up adventurous outdoor activities for kids on our directory for some inspiration. Make it educational - teach your kids navigational skills such as how to read a map and use a compass. Set up puzzles for them to solve that involves identifying local trees and animals. .
- Get creative with beach craft
Beach and summer just goes together. Taking your kids out for a day out in the beach is one of the most economical and fun things your family can do together. Not only that, beaches are filled with natural resources that makes great arts and crafts creations. Last summer, my kids and I used the beautiful seashells we’ve collected from the local beach to frame the edges of our bathroom mirror.
- Dress up for a backyard theatre
Talk to the local moms and dads in your area and transform your backyard into a great summer theatre stage. This is a great opportunity for all the local kids to get involve and learn about team work. Pick a play or make one up and assign roles to each of the local kids. Give them responsibilities to help organise the food menu, design the costumes and props for the stage. Look up places to hire fancy dress and costumes for kids in your local areas to get started!
- Picnic and kite flying under the summer sun
Take advantage of the summer breeze and teach your kids how to construct a home made kite. Kites are very fun and cheap to make at home so why not let your child’s imagination run wild and make a whole day of it. My kids had a lot of fun recently painting animal faces on their home made kites. We then packed a picnic basket and took them out for a ‘test-fly’ at our local beach.
- Take the traditional memory matching game to a whole new level
Memory matching games are great ways to keep your kid’s mind sharp and active. A friend of mine told me about this great idea the other day about creating a giant lawn memory matching game for her kids. The idea is to get your kids to spray paint objects that symbolises summer: watermelon, sunglasses, palm tree onto big tiles, made out of cardboards. I can guaranteed you that your kids will have endless hours of fun playing this DIY giant lawn memory matching game in the backyard.
Don’t stop here. There are endless possibilities of fun, creative & economical summer kids activities waiting for you to discover. Head over to our kids activities directory and start brainstorming!
Grace Harawira is a thirty-something Mum and all round creative type. She cares for her three young children in their Wellington home, in between blogging for ActiveActivities and working on a novel she has had in the works for years. She hopes she can inspire other Mums to carry on following their dreams, as well as raising kids that get lots of exercise and quality family time.