Do you have a favourite outdoor space that you like to spend time as a family?
We’re really lucky where we live that we have the beach, the woods and quite a few parks close to home so we can choose where we want to go depending on how we feel that day.
If my children could design their ideal place to play outdoors though I think it would end up being a bit of a mix of all these places.
Regatta recently asked some children to design their ultimate green space and they came up with some amazing ideas, including a park with multiple trampolines that I think my children would really love!
No matter where you’re headed this summer though, here are 5 ideas for fun outdoor family activities to try to keep everyone active and enjoying the great outdoors.
1. Play some classic childhood games
Gather the family together or meet up at the park with some friends and play some games of hide and seek.
It’s a classic childhood game for a reason – pretty much everyone enjoys playing it!
If you need a bit of a twist on the idea though, try a game of 40/40 instead.
These are the basic rules, in case it’s been a while since you last played:
- Decide on a ‘home’ base (like a certain bench or tree)
- One person stays at ‘home’ and counts to 40
- Everyone else hides
- The seeker goes to find the other players
- When they spot someone they have to run back to ‘home’ and shout “40/40 I see <name> hiding <their hiding place>”
- The person they found is then out
- To avoid being ‘out’ the hiders have to try and sneak back to ‘home’ from their hiding places without being spotted, and shout “40/40 home” when they get there.
- The game’s over when all the hiders have either made it home or been caught out
2. Have fun with photography
Giving a child a camera is a great way to add some extra fun to a walk. It’ll also encourage them to pay more attention to the natural world around them, as they look for things to photograph.
You can create a photo scavenger hunt for them to complete, where they have to find and photograph a specific list of items.
The list could include things like a red flower, an interesting shaped stone, or a creature that flies.
Another great idea for children of all ages is to go on a photo walk where they can simply photograph anything that catches their attention.
3. Create an obstacle course
Obstacle courses are great fun to create and even more fun to try and complete.
There are a few different ways you can do it, depending on where you are.
If you’re at the playpark then you can simply use the different bits of play equipment. You could agree to start at the gate, run to the slide, go up and down it, then hop on one leg over to the swings, climb over or under the swings, then skip to the next thing and so on.
Then time each other to see who can do it the fastest.
If you’re somewhere with a decent amount of pavement you can draw out an obstacle course on the ground with chalk.
You could include:
- Curved and zig-zagged lines to balance, skip, or run along
- A hopscotch game
- Circles to jump or hop between
- Squares to stop at and try to balance on one leg for 10 seconds
4. Meet up with friends for a picnic in the park
Now that we’re allowed to meet up with more people outside again, make the most of it with a picnic with friends.
You could do this at the park or any other outdoor space you have near where you live.
Take a few blankets, some tasty picnic food and plenty of drinks and enjoy.
You could take some garden games along with you too, to keep the children busy if they won’t sit in one place for all that long. Games like quoits are great fun and fairly portable to take out and about with you.
5. Have fun with water
When things really start to heat up this summer, head outdoors and let the children have fun with water.
Here are some ideas of different things you could do:
- Have an epic water fight.
- Play catch with water balloons – take a step back each time you catch it until it finally bursts.
- Get the paddling pool out in the garden.
- Make a game of washing the car.
- Head to the beach, river, or stream for a paddle or a swim.
- Try a new water sport like stand up paddle boarding.
Do you tend to spend a lot of time outdoors with your family in the summer months?
Which of these ideas for fun outdoor family activities do you think you’ll try first?
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post