Quick & Simple Outdoor Activity Ideas For Your Kids Over Summer

The school holidays can be really fun. I love having the break from routine and not having to necessarily rush around each morning. Hello to being in pyjamas until after 9am! But it can be tricky to think up things to do each day with my children. I pick one activity a day to do, some taking all day, and some things that are quicker and simpler like having a picnic or going to feed the ducks.

My kids love being outdoors, so have been gutted this past week that the weather has been less than favourable. But normally, and going forward, we will be planning to do a lot of things outdoors. It doesn’t have to be anything complex or complicated, though! So here are a few ideas that are easy and simple, and can pass some time over the summer break.


  • Making fossils outdoors out of Playdoh and anything you can find. Leaves, sticks, shells…
  • Do a scavenger hunt around the park or the garden. Make a list of things for them to find, or print one off online. It can last as long as you want it to!
  • Have a picnic
  • Feed the ducks at a local pond
  • Hunt for mini-beasts in the garden by lifting up stones and rocks
  • Get a bubble wand and play outside
  • Make a den (or put together a tent) to play in outside


  • Pick berries at a farm
  • Water paint on tiles and walls (all you need is paintbrushes and a bucket of water).
  • Water fight! Fill some balloons and you’re good to go.
  • Along the same lines, how about something like water volleyball?
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Paint a bird house and fill it with seeds for the birds


  • Make a fairy garden
  • Paint some plant pots
  • Have dinner outdoors
  • Pick wildflowers
  • Hunt for a four-leaf clover
  • Play with a frisbee or football
  • Make a mini-sports day in the garden (a good one if you have friends or cousins round to play)
  • Roast marshmallows and make s’mores
  • Go on a ‘treasure hunt’ and look for chocolate coins in the garden


If you’re looking for some more ideas to get out and about this summer, then watch this video that was put together with Homebase and MumsnetΒ Β – you might even see some people that you recognise… πŸ˜‰

Have you got plans for the holidays?

Rebecca x

*post in collaboration with Mumsnet & Homebase.



  1. 3rd August 2017 / 12:15 am

    Such fab ideas! I’ve been trying to think of new ways to keep Sophie entertained for the next 6 weeks, so I will definitely be doing some of these! x

  2. 3rd August 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Wow loads of ideas here! My kids love being outside too, actually so do I! Love the idea of roasting marshmallows! x

    • 10th August 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Yes marshmallows are a must! Yummy s’more recipe on the blog too πŸ™‚

  3. 5th August 2017 / 6:19 am

    Loving all these ideas. Den making sounds great fun x

  4. 7th August 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I literally love all of your ideas!!! I am saving this post for us to do at some point.

    • 10th August 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Please do! They will definitely come in handy over the holidays when you’re stuck for ideas πŸ™‚

  5. 10th August 2017 / 11:48 am

    I do love water painting outdoors πŸ˜‰ so simple and time consuming!

  6. 12th August 2017 / 8:25 pm

    These are such fabulous ideas. We’re massive fans of picnics outside and blowing bubbles in the garden. My children would love all these ideas. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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