15 Cheap, Simple, and FUN Backyard Activities for Kids

By The Women Bloggers member Mel Lockcuff of Adventures of Mel

There are few things my family loves more than simply getting outside. Whether we’re hiking a trail, fishing, or hanging out in our backyard, we love spending time in the great outdoors.

With a new baby in the family and the dog days of summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to come up with even more backyard activities the boys can enjoy. There are so many fun things we can do that hardly cost a thing, like building a fort or creating a masterpiece out of the deck and a box of sidewalk chalk.

That was the general idea when I began to research ideas for outdoor activities. I wanted things we could do that were either super cheap or didn’t cost anything at all. Of course, when said activities only require ingredients or supplies from nature, that’s even better.

Itching to get outside? Or maybe you just want the kids to go outside? I hear ya, Mama. Here are a few ideas for FUN backyard activities kids (and parents) will love! 

Just a few household ingredients and a little creativity, and you’ve got DIY Fossils for a Dinosaur Fossil Dig in your own backyard, courtesy of Modern Mama Makes.

Go exploring for flowers, pine needles, clover, twigs, and more for your very own Flower Letter Nature Craft, via The Homespun Hydrangea.

Set up an Active Learning Obstacle Course, with this guide from Buggy and Buddy.

Cultivate the young botanist in your child with Plant Identification and Yard Mapping for Kids, following this tutorial from Share It Science News.

Create happy childhood memories by inspiring your kids to build the Fort (or forts) of their dreams, via My Little Poppies. Once they’ve finished building their dream fort, a Fairy House may be next on the agenda.

I’m definitely going to build this incredibly fun Toy Zip Line, from Little Bins for Little Hands, with my boys this summer. I see hours of fun in their future.

Zip ties and sponges… That’s all you need for these awesomely fun Sponge Bombs from Crazy Adventures in Parenting.

Nothing screams summer like Giant Bubbles, a homemade recipe from My Little Poppies.

Get your creepy crawly on with a mesmerizing science experiment involving Changing Ants Colors, via Preschool Powol Packets.

My crafty boy would love this Invitation to Paint Big, via Learn with Play at Home. Or got bricks, blocks, and scraps of wood just lying around? Why not build a Simple Backyard Mud Kitchen? Can you imagine the fun just waiting to be had?

Learn how to build Dinosaur Nests with Parenting Chaos.

Go on a scavenger hunt for all sorts of natural ingredients to make Nature Paintbrushes to paint with. Messy Little Monster shares all the details.

Need a fun nighttime activity besides catching fireflies (yet another great activity)? How about Glow in the Dark Plastic Water Bottle Bowling with Crafts By Amanda?!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to get outside and enjoy the summer!