With Summer holidays just around the corner, many of us will be thinking of ways in which we can entertain the kids cheaply and effectively!
Here are 15 incredibly fun outdoor projects you can make for your kids to keep them happy all summer long. We have a mix of preschooler projects to teenager projects and fun ideas for the whole family, so there is really something for everyone!
Kids love to hide out in their own little dens, especially if adults can’t fit! These Hula Hoop Hide Outs are incredibly easy to assemble and will provide hours of fun for your little ones! They also make perfect shaded areas for sunny days when the sun is too hot! Why not make a few and connect them together for one big hide out…
Instead of everyone crammed on the sofa for movie night, take the film fun outside with a DIY outdoor movie theater. This will make the film far more magical so why not pile the lawn with rugs and blankets to make it super cozy for the whole family!
Sand boxes are a great addition to any garden, no matter what the size. Instead of paying loads at a store, simply make your own and custom design it. ”Made” have got all the plans and details you need to get started!
Outdoor games that require little planning are a parents dream when it comes the long days of Summer! Kids tend to get bored easily, so fresh ideas for entertaining them is key. Check out this super simple DIY outdoor Twister game. Not only with this entertain them, it will hopefully tire them out too!
If you are lucky enough to have some big old trees in your backyard, then a DIY tree-house would be the perfect hangout for any adventurous kiddo! This particular tutorial from Apartmenttherapy.com is not frighteningly high and doesn’t need any extra reinforcements, making it a simple one day project!
Many parents will reminisce about chalk painting on the side walk as a child. Why not take this creative past time up a notch with an outside DIY chalkboard wall. Let those little artists show off their talents with a permanent wall fixed to a fence. This project is so cheap and easy, any parent could give it a go! With a detailed step-by-step guide from Tinysidekick.com, what are you waiting for?
How about this for a crazy backyard addition….half pool, half bowling – a knokkers table is 4 times the size of a regular pool table and is played by bowling the balls instead of a cue. Big kids and adults would love playing on this incredible game, so if you have the space, then you better get started on making it! Here are the details on how to make the table as well as how to play this supersized game!
If we told you anyone can make a skateboard swing in 20 minutes would you believe us? Well here is the proof! This family did just that and created the most fun looking swing ever created. Made with recycled materials, this DIY is so cheap and super quick! Boys and girls alike would love to swing around on this skateboard style swing for hours on end!
Outdoor play inevitably leads to messy muddy play, so why fight it…just embrace it! Playing with mud and getting messy is all part of being a child, so these mud based activities are sure to entertain your child no end! From mud kitchens and mud painting to sensory bins and mud pits, these ideas are fun, messy and most importantly muddy! Take a look at them all over at Growingajeweledrose.com.
As far as outdoor activities go, a DIY water blob is definitely up there with the best! This DIY costs less then $10, and can be made in no time at all! Kids can relax, bounce an generally mess about on the blob which can be filled with dyed water for even more sensory fun! Make this on a hot summers day and the kids will be occupied for hours!
If you have older kids and want to ply them away from their computer tablets and video games, this brilliant post from popularmechanics.com shows you how to make a climbing wall, a skateboard ramp and a BMX jump…whether you make all three or just one, get the older kids involved, and once finished the amount of pride they will feel will be priceless! If your lucky enough to have the space then you should really use it!
Kids can brush up on their throwing skills with this next DIY – a lawn throwing game. Simply make a hanging pole from old twigs and logs, hang some used tin cans and make a throwing line – distance depending on the age of the children. It’s simple, no-fuss play, which can be made entirely from recycled materials, whats more to love?
Looking for a smaller project? One of these 8 handmade wind chimes should fit the bill! Wind chimes can be a fun creative project for any aged kid! They brighten up dreary looking gardens, can be made from recycled materials making them really cheap to make and can be as fancy as you like! Here are 8 versions for you to choose from, including ones made from Pringle cans to old cd’s and even old plastic water bottles. The possibilities and designs are endless!
An outdoor music wall is a great way to introduce music into your kids playtime without it echoing throughout your home. Kids love nothing more than creating noise and banging things together to make sounds they have never heard before. Let their imagination run wild with this music wall which height can be adjusted when the child grows a little taller! Make one long enough to accommodate their friends, so everyone can join in on their music making!
A dunk bucket sounds like a lot of fun, looking at the photos it looks like a hoot! Make this project in time for that Summer family get-together and let the kids and adults enjoy dunking their family members. The aim of the game is to hit the target and once hit the bucked will release a cold bucket of water! To find out how to make it head over to Thehappyhousewife.com.