Free things to do with kids in your own backyard

by kath_red on 08/06/2011

in Kids Crafts

Home all summer long? Long days with kids seem too much? You need to outside get some backyard activities happening.

I am a big believer in getting outdoors in all weather – rain, wind or sunshine. If you have a backyard or a park or have access to an oval or woods then the easiest thing in the world to do is go and kick a ball with the kids, or go for a nature walk. Go on do it! Here are a few more outdoor things to do with your kids. Kids of all ages can get involved at some level with these activities – don’t worry about dirt – get them to wear their play clothes and let them get dirty. Let them explore, let them loose outside to find bugs, make mud puddles, play chase or kick a ball. Give them a little bit of freedom to explore, give them room to stretch their imaginations and see where their creativity takes them!

  1. Let your children explore – read this essay at the magic onions – lots of thoughtful questions.
  2. Lets explore has downloadable lists of free activities and ideas if you are stuck in a rut.
  3. When the kids are bored – use this neat idea from Brassy Apple to kick start some creativity. [and thanks Brassy Apple for the link below]
  4. Digital reflections has 100 free things to do with your kids this summer .
  5. New urban habitat has a few free activities for your toddlers.
  6. Blissfully domestic has a list of earth friendly projects you can do as a family.
  7. Grass stained guru has a list of 10 activities that all kids should get to do.
  8. Some tips from Nicole of planning with kids how to organise your family and kids to keep stress at bay!
  9. Try these 5 educational activities you can do in your own backyard.
  10. Join the playtime community at let the children play.
  11. Make eggshell planters
  12. Go fishing with your kids!
  13. The Crafty Crow has a list of gardening projects you can do with kids.
  14. Learn about worms.
  15. 15 ways to grow closer as a family.
  16. Gardening for kids.
  17. Go camping in your own backyard.
  18. More ideas for family fun in the backyard.
  19. More activities in the Action Pack. Free download on how to make a fish trap.
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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

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1 sarah hemm June 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Great ideas and links! Thanks :)


2 Marilyn June 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

My grandkids each summer get bored quickly and easily so I take them on a “field trip” around the house… We look for different bugs, leaves, clouds, etc…. Anything works and the kids love it… Children are really very easily motivated to do things like this… taking notes while on the “field trip” to share later at the dinner table is a good thing..


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