200+ Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids
It’s summer time! 🙂
Which means awesome outdoor summer activities for kids, outdoor games and more!
I love summer time, don’t you?
Warm sunny days, the beach, water balloons and fun outdoor play loaded with snacks all constitute for an awesome hot day!
I’ll be sharing below all the awesomeness that summer can bring.
Simple water games, the best water tables and more!
Be sure to bookmark this page to come back to each year – it’s going to be epic.
Looking for Easy Summer Activities?
Check out this Summer Bucket List for Kids:
I love a good set of outdoor summer activities for kids!
A great way to incorporate fun activities for the summer months are:
a fun water balloon fight
a stroll or nature walk at a local park for the entire family
an outdoor treasure hunt for kids of all ages
toy cars and washable paint
family bike ride
mini sports leagues game backyard activity
small toys in a sensory bin
homemade popsicles for warm weather
play balloon tennis
creative ways to play ball toss
water balloon painting
a magnifying glass for exploring the outdoors
water guns for an epic gross motor activity
Our Favorite Summer Learning Folder Printable:
What are some great summer activities you’ve tried out?
I’d love to learn any backyard activities you may have or are thinking of trying out.
Share them with me below!
Rainy days in Summer time?
Here’s a Free Bug Preschool Theme Freebie for you:
Here is a list of our previous month activities:
Halloween Activities for Kids
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
Christmas Activities for Kids
Winter Activities for Kids
Valentines Activities for Kids
St. Patricks Day Activities for Kids
Easter Activities for Kids
Spring Activities for Kids
And now it’s summer time!
Here are over 200 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids you can try with your littles!
Note: Don’t forget to check out spring games for preschoolers and Spring Activities for Kids as some of those activities will still work throughout summer time as well! 😀
Summer Craft Activities + More Below:
Kids activities for summer
I’ve added each of our favorite summer activities into groups.
Here are the kid activities for a hot summer day…
I’ve categorized them as follows:
Toddler Summer Activities
Summer Activities for Preschoolers
Kindergarten Summer Activities
Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids
Sensory Summer Activities for Kids
Summer Crafts for Kids
I hope this list allows for some easy ideas for little ones, big kids and all kids. 🙂
Sometimes a great place to set up an easy activity at no extra cost is in your own living room or backyard.
These are where the memories are made with a simple board game, sensory bin, scavenger hunt..
I try to keep the categories relevant and helpful.
I hope you enjoy the plethora of fun ideas and easy outdoor activities to they out with the whole family.
Related: Looking for a fun way to learn with printables for June? Here is one of our favorites!
Activities to do in summer
Growing up I super enjoyed the summer season…
It was fun to go outside.
I’d enjoy the different ways I could play in my own backyard.
It was all such a great time attempting a simple art and craft or running through the summer breeze and collecting seashells at the beach
You can incorporate some of these ideas as fun things to try in large group activities for preschoolers, toddlers and for kids!
Here are some creative ideas to try out for the end of the school year:
nature trails scavenger hunt
making tie-dye shirts
attending your local library
going to a state park and learning something new
easy paper plate crafts for summer
glow in the dark bowling
work on brain development with a sensory play idea
collect dollar store items for and easy outdoor play ideas
plastic sheeting for a DIY slip and slide
I’ve included preschool art ideas and sensory ideas as well.
I hope they are super helpful.
Related: Are you looking for water table ideas? Here are over 70 water table ideas!
Looking for an easy way to incorporate fun summer activities that include camping?
For those longer days, a camping theme activity for kids is fun.
Here is a fun sensory summer camp idea that was loads of fun.
This sensory bin is a perfect way to incorporate physical activity (running) and enjoy sensory play with older kids/family member.
Pro Tip: Bring out the board games for entertaining outdoors.
We love to include small bites, fruits, crackers and bbq.
We love enjoying with our close team members – family. 🙂
Add a bit of your favorite local fresh ingredient pizza (or local Pizza Hut) for an epic time outdoors.
Here are some of our favorite yummy treats from Dash Bakes the Greats.
Dash Bakes the Greats creates the most delicious recipes and is the most fantastic little chef!
Over 55+ Water Games for Kids for Summer:
Let’s get into the Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids, shall we?
Summer Activities for Toddlers
Looking for summer activities for toddlers? You’re in the right place! Check out these toddler summer activities 🙂
Duck and Frog Pond Sensory Bin – Active Littles
Ice Smash Easy Summer Activity – Busy Toddler
Fishing for Numbers – Buggy and Buddy
Pool Noodle Threading – Play Teach Repeat
Alphabet Soup – Raising Dragons
Nature Soup – Happily Ever Mom
Summer Fun with Plastic Balls – Engaging Littles
Pool Noodle Pour Station – Raising Dragons
Ice Bowling – Learn Play Imagine
Homemade Bubbles – Playground Park Bench
Flower Sensory Bin – Twitchetts
Summer Snowball Fight – Fireflies and Mud Pies
Bubble Wrap Starfish – No Time for Flashcards
Summer Activities for Preschool
Here are summer themes for preschool and summer activities you can try with your preschooler!
Summer Counting Mats – Active Littles
Garden Sensory Play – Active Littles
Ocean and Beach Pretend Play – Fun at Home with Kids
Beach Ball ABC – Raising Dragons
STEAM Pool Noodle Play – Little Bins for Little Hands
Ice Cream Playdough Tray – Engaging Littles
Summer Unicorn Craft – Little Pine Learners
Colors and Counting Ice Cream Activity – Happy Tot Shelf
Ice Cream Kit – Mama Papa Bubba
Beach Inspired Nature Study – Montessori from the Heart
Color Mixing Activity – No Time for Flashcards
Car Truck Park in a Garage – How Wee Learn
Calming Lavender Scented Bubbles – The Chaos and the Clutter
Squirt Gun Painting – Fireflies and Mud Pies
Summer Activities for Kindergarten
Looking for kindergarten activities? These are epic and fun!
Summer Word Search Activity – Active Littles
Alphabet Stone Activity – Little Pine Learners
Paper Mache Summer Fruit Bowls – Red Ted Art
Summer Lego Projects – Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Summer Journal for Kids – Playdough to Plato
Playdough Shells Fossil Activity – Messy Little Monster
Summer themed unit study – Montessori from the Heart
Summer Writing Prompts – 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Summer Long E Puzzle – Playdough to Plato
Summer Fun Jar – Coffee Cups and Crayons
Clay Boat Craft – Messy Little Monster
Floating Soap Boats – Fireflies and Mud Pies
Summer Scented Playdough Recipe – Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Planet Earth Big World Play – Happy Toddler Playtime
Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids
Looking for outside activities for preschool and for kids? Here are some ideas that may be super helpful! Here are outdoor play activities for preschoolers and for kids…
Water Table Activity – Active Littles
Water Table Activities for Summer – Active Littles
Backyard Obstacle Course – Happy Toddler Playtime
Chalk Puzzle – Happily Ever Mom
Shaving Cream Cloud Art – Play Teach Repeat
Outdoor Window Painting – Simple Fun for Kids
Pool Noodle Water Wall – Teaching Mama
Simple Water Play for Kids – Hands on as we Grow
Ocean Water Slide Outdoor Play – Happy Toddler Playtime
Giant Bubbles – Make and Takes
Water Balloon Hunt – Mess for Less
Musical Scavenger Hunt – Days with Grey
Paint the Car – Fun a Day
Water Balloon Pinata – Red Ted Art
Sensory Summer Activities for Kids
Sensory play is awesome! Here are some fun sensory play ideas that incorporate a bit of summer as well!
Summer Camp Sensory Rice – Active Littles
Watermelon Oobleck – Gift of Curiosity
Giant Homemade Bubbles – Happy Hooligans
Ocean Slime Recipe – Little Bins for Little Hands
Mud Kitchen Sensory Station – Busy Toddler
Flower Sensory Soup – Simple Fun for Kids
Ocean Bin – Days with Grey
Pom Pom Ice Cream Sensory Bag – Happy Tot Shelf
Ice Fish Play – Messy Little Monster
Summer Sensory Bin – Teaching 2 and 3 year olds
Watermelon Slime Recipe – Learn Play Imagine
Pineapple Textured Craft – Kids Craft Room
Bubble Blow – Hello Wonderful
Ocean Sensory Bottles – Active Littles
Ocean Sensory Bags – Active Littles
Summer Crafts for Kids
Summer art for toddlers, preschool and for kids! Here are some ideas that can be helpful art activities for summer!
Popsicle Resist Art – Fun at Home with Kids
Sponge Paint Ice Cream Art – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Egg Carton Baby Bee Craft – Buggy and Buddy
Seashell Painting – Mama Papa Bubba
Pool Noodle Painting – Fun a Day
Chalk art for kids – How Wee Learn
Summer Sky Craft – Coffee Cups and Crayons
Paper Weaving Fish Craft – Kids Craft Room
DIY Alphabet Rocks – Hello Wonderful
Paper Plate Swimming Jelly Fish – I Heart Crafty Things
Paper Angelfish Craft – Buggy and Buddy
I hope you try some of the activities out and if you try an activity for summer from this list, share below which one you tried! 🙂
Summer Bucket List for Kids
Here are over 100+ Summer Bucket List Ideas that are awesome!!
Splash Pad Fun
Water Balloon Throw
DIY Lemonade stand
Catch butterflies and release
Picnic in backyard
Road trip fun
Take a trip to the museum
Fly a kite
Go to the beach
Build a sand castle
Bring out the water table
Watch a movie outdoors
Make homemade Ice cream
Summer Library books
BBQ in the backyard
Summer STEM experiment
Summer sensory bin
Play in the sprinklers
Play with the hose
Ice Sensory Bin
Make pineapple Pizza
Pool Noodle Art
Jump in rain puddles
Dance in the rain
Go to local farmers market
Kid- friendly hike
Make a delicious dessert
Water table sensory table
Create summer crafts
Dance under the stars
Star gaze in a tent in the backyard
Cook a delicious wholesome meal
Trip to the beach
Bake summer cookies
Alphabet sensory bin
Build an outdoor fort
Summer paper plate craft
Plant a seed
Garden sensory bin
Chalkboard paint on sidewalk
Spray bottle on chalkboard ABC’s
Make a card for loved ones
Make Kool Aid playdough
Make Watermelon Slime
Jump in the pool
DIY water maze
DIY Slip and slide
Use a frisbee
Watch the sunset
Campfire Sensory Bin
Create a game with cones
Outdoor Water Play
Take a trip to a water park
Create an ocean sensory bottle
Create and ocean Sensory bag
Fish Craft for Kids
Outdoor Sensory bin
Draw a sun and the ocean
Create an epic Kinetic Sand Slime
Make a Rainbow Sensory Bottle
Tape Resist Activity
Outdoor ABC hose clean
Flashlight animal shadows
Giant Bubbles with Karo Syrup
Outdoor Wash the animals Sensory Bin
Learn birds by their chirp
Visit your local art store
Sponge Water Bomb Play
Taste Safe Sand Sensory Bin
Create Foam Soap
Window Paint Activity
Window Foam ABC match
Pom Pom Water Play
Pouring Play Sensory Bin
Beach Letter Dig Up
Colorful Water Sensory Bin
Frozen Water Beads Sensory Play
DIY Frozen Lego Blocks
Outdoor Flower Sensory Bin 100
DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Ball Run
Flower Color Hunt Activity
Watch a parade
Create a Paper Mache Craft
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