Depending on your environment, it can be a tough call coming up with ideas to keep kids busy, even on sunny days. There are a host of outdoor activities you can do at home to entertain the kids or to spend some time together as a family. Here we give you a few ideas.
Have you got more interesting ideas we can add to our list? Please let us know!
1. Camp out in the garden.
2. Set up an art table with paint and paper. Let the kids do the rest.
3. Organise a treasure hunt.
4. Play Hide-n-Seek.
5. Have a garden tea party.
6. Let the kids help you do some gardening.
7. Fill a plastic or sink bath with water and toys. Plastic jugs and cups should do the trick.
8. Play “Simon Says”.
9. Grow your own tomatoes.
10. Go on a bug hunt.
11. Plant a butterfly garden.
12. Go for a walk and let your kids draw a map of your neighbourhood. Not as easy as it sounds!
13. Make a field book by recording the plants and insects or animals you find in your garden. Use the internet to learn more about them. Gather leaves and samples of leaves to stick in the book.
14. Preserve a few flowers by making a flower press – a great keepsake for your next art project.
15. If it’s warm outside, let the kids put their cozzies on and just turn on the sprinklers!
16. Have a braai.
17. Create a mini pot garden.
18. Build a fort.
19. Create a sandpit or fill a big plastic bath with sand. Just add the beach toys.
20. If you have a big tree, build a tree-house.
21. Get out the swing ball.
22. Play a game of cricket.
23. Just grab a ball and play catch.
24. Grab the camera and go on a photographic safari in your garden.
25. Make your own soap bubbles and let the kids enjoy.
26. Build an ant farm, worm farm or snail farm.
27. Teach your dog some tricks.
28. Make some frozen lollies and eat them outside.
29. Play hopscotch.
30. Throw a Frisbee.
31. Hand out the hula hoops.
32. Make a daisy chain.
33. Make a fairy garden.
34. Make a hanging basket.
35. Play Marco Polo in the pool.
36. Play tug of war.
37. Throw water bombs.
38. Transform old t-shirts with tie dye.
39. Make a bird-feeder.
40. Master the jump rope.
41. Plant a vegetable garden.
42. Gaze at the stars. Learn a bit about the stars yourself and teach your kids.
43. Teach your little ones to swim.
44. Learn how to play soccer.
45. Invite some friends for a play date.
46. Build a tyre swing.
47. Build a go-cart (box car).
48. Make an ice cream cake.
49. Make a sand-art picture.
50. Organise a garage sale.
51. Plant a flower garden.
52. Ride bikes or scooters, or go rollerblading.
53. Clean and spruce up your outdoor toys.
54. Have a picnic in the garden.
55. Play tag.
56. Make Hawaiian Pizza and eat it outside.
57. Paint flower pots.
58. Make a mosaic pot or table.
59. Grab some chalk and let your kids do sidewalk art in the driveway.
60. Wash the car.
61. Go bird-watching in your garden. Get the binoculars and find a hide-out.
62. If it’s windy, fly a kite.
63. Hold a “mini-Olympics” in your back garden.
64. Make a wind chime.
65. Play marbles.
66. Lie on your backs and do some creative cloud watching.