“I’m bored Mum…”
“There’s nothing to do…”
If this sounds all too familiar in your house right now, grab our list of the top seven outdoor activities for children and head into the backyard for some fun.
Paint a real football pitch on your grass
If your kids even have the slightest interest in sport, then painting a mini-pitch and using real mini-goals is the perfect encouragement.
Alternatively, this can be done on the driveway, chalking up a basketball key and three point line for your humble home hoop.
You’ll be amazed at what a few lines on the ground conjures up in your children’s imagination.
Put a tent up in the backyard and have a stay at home camping trip
While you may not be able to travel, setting up a tent in the backyard for the kids to escape into can be the next best thing.
As it’s in your own backyard, you can really get creative with your setup here.
Use extra tarps, camping chairs and any extras you can think of to create a great looking setup to draw the kids outdoors.
Design a pirate themed, backyard treasure hunt
When you’re looking after a few of the kids’ friends, a pirate themed backyard treasure hunt is awesome fun.
Hide some treasure like plastic coins and jewels around the yard, then unleash the kids with treasure chests (buckets to our humble adult eyes) and let the carnage ensue.
For extra fun, grab a couple of skull mask bandanas to keep with the pirate theme and encourage the kids to keep them on throughout the treasure hunt.
Set up an outdoor water wonderland
Weather dependent, making a mini water park in your backyard doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds.
Here’s a quick list of things to include:
- Tubs of water filled with water balloons
- Water pistols laid out behind obstacles to hide behind
- A water slide tarp with the hose
- The sprinkler
Your water wonderland can be as simple or as complex as you like and as soon as the kids get outside and start getting wet, they’ll be hooked for the day.
Go on an insect safari
Get outside with magnifying glasses, a few different jars or plastic containers and go on an insect safari.
You’ll no doubt be as surprised as the kids as to what weird and wonderful insects you have living at home in your backyard.
For added safety, give the kids a pair of gardening gloves and discuss the dangers some insects can pose.
Build and decorate a cubby house
Backyard cubby houses can take on a number of forms.
Whether you build a wooden house from scratch, buy a pre-made plastic house from your local department store or even just connect a few boxes, it’s going to be a hit with the kids.
The cubby becomes a screen-free escape for the kids to let their imagination run wild outdoors.
Create and look after a vegetable garden
If you’ve got an overgrown or unused portion of your garden, why not clear it out and plant your own vegetable garden with the kids.
Not only will this get them outdoors, but it also teaches your kids valuable lessons around where their food comes from.
There’s nothing like watching the kids pick carrots out of the ground, wash them off with the hose and enjoy a healthy snack they grew themselves.