As long as the citronella candles are burning and the kids have been sprayed down with insect repellent, the backyard can be a fun and relaxing place for the whole family this summer. You don’t even need to have a pool! All you need is a short trip to the craft store and a handful of kids ready to have some wild summer fun.
Here are our five favorite backyard summer activities for kids:
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When cabin fever sets in and your little ones have burned through every movie on the shelf, it’s time to get creative. While it can be downright dangerous on those triple-digit days, the evenings are a great time to put this genius idea for backyard water fun into action. With just a two-liter bottle, a little duct tape and a hose, you can go from sighs to squeals in just a matter of minutes. Check out the site Instructables for a tutorial!
Water is a great way to get the kids outside, especially when they’re given the freedom to get as soaked as they want. Building a water wall is a great way to foster creativity and keep cool, which a great summertime combo. Water walls can be as complex or simple as you want, and they get more fun when you add more kids to the mix. Visit Let The Children Play to get the fun started.
While water activities are always a big hit, the kids have to dry off sometime! Once everyone’s wrapped up in a beach towel, you’ll win the Parent of the Summer award by staging an outdoor movie screening. With just a white sheet and a quality projector, you can turn normal movie night into an extraordinary movie night. There are countless ways to rig up a screen—just visit Parents.com for more ideas and projector recommendations.
The fun folks at Party411 have created the ultimate backyard activity! The Backyard Olympics are a perfect idea for an Independence Day party, a birthday party, a back-to-school party or just a wild Friday night. With activities like the Backward Crab Walk, Frisbee and the One-Legged Race, you and the kids will be belly laughing by dinnertime.
Toss the old plastic sheet and play good ol’ Twister the way it was meant to be played! All you need for Lawn Twister is some lawn-friendly spray paint in four colors and a Twister spinner. You can make your own spinner, or just use one from the game closet to get the fun started. Just make sure to pick a soft spot of grass, preferably without stickers or anthills!