Summer 2022 is here, and it is that time of the year when everyone tries to stay outdoors and just wants to escape from the regular & daily activities of life. During the same time, kids also get summer holidays from their school and usually spend most of their time at home playing games on tablets, watching TV, or just hooked on other tech devices. However, if you keep reading, you’ll learn more about some fun & creative outdoor activities you can do with your child this summer.
We all know that a large amount of screen time is not good for children. On top of that, staying all day indoors and not participating in physical activity can also take a toll on a child’s health and creativity. Summer is the perfect time to keep your children engaged through a variety of fun and creative outdoor activities.
One of the best ways to help your child continue to express their creativity and maintain their health is to sign them up for summer camp. Summer camp can offer many opportunities for children to not only participate in outdoor activities, but also engage in social activities with their peers, express their creativity, and enhance their health. Let’s look at some of the best outdoor activities for summer where children will express their creativity and, most importantly, help them have fun!
10 Fun & Creative Outdoor Activities for Summer 2022 for Children
Top 10 fun and creative outdoor activities that your child can try during summer 2022:
1. Twister Game
Playing the twister game is one of the favorite outdoor games among children. Not only does this help children strengthen their gross motor skills, but it also helps them use their thinking skills as well. Paint is used to create small circles of different colors on the ground. Once this is done, the participants will place their legs or hands on the called color. This may sound easy, but when there are a bunch of children trying to place their legs/hands on the same color circles, it can get tricky and fun at the same time!
We believe that twister is best played outside on the grass and is a very fun group activity! And if we talk about the benefits of this game, it improves hand & eye coordination, balance, thinking skills, and even strengthens the core body muscles!
2. Body Painting
As the name implies, this one is a fun yet very simple activity that can boost creativity in children. In this activity, children paint each other and themselves with temporary washable paint. Once they are finished, children can wash off the paint outdoors using the sprinklers!
So, in a sense, it is a two-in-one activity. Children get to be creative with the paint and then have fun with the cold water during the summer season outdoors!
We believe this activity is best experienced when children are wearing old clothes or swimsuits so as not to ruin new clothes.
3. Outdoor Obstacle Course
Another fun activity to try during the summer is creating and completing an outdoor obstacle course! Even the simplest of things can be used to create an obstacle course outdoors, such as skipping ropes, balls, hula hoops, cardboard boxes, kid pools, and so on.
Once again, the objective of this obstacle course is to let children have fun while being engaged in a physical activity that improves their coordination and balance, gross motor strengths, and cognitive skills. Obstacle courses can even help children think of creative ways to clear the obstacle course in less time while they push themselves to move through the course faster and faster each time they participate. As for the rules, children can help set up the rules right on the spot, just remember that the main objective is to have fun!
4. Water War
This activity involves filling up water balloons and/or water blasters with water and then having fun with a water war! To make it more exciting and fun, you can have teams compete against each other to try and see if they can soak the other team more.
During the hot days of summer, playing with the water blasters can help children stay cool and can convert the lazy summer days into highly active ones! Some of the benefits of water play using water blasters & water-filled balloons include motor skills development, social and emotional skills development, and even helping them release energy!
5. Nature Art
Nature art is also a famous activity that helps the kids unleash their imagination and creativity on the ground! Children can get creative and create art with items they can find in nature. And the best part is that there are no rules and no right or wrong!
The sole purpose of this activity is to help the kids get creative with their imagination and to make things with the mud, tree leaves, tree branches, and anything else they find on the ground. In fact, this is among the top interesting activities in the summer camps, and there is no doubt that it will be equally popular this summer as well!
The best part is children must gather the nature items they want to use to make the art! This allows them to brainstorm and plan what it is they will need and how they will create their art.
6. Bird Feeder
Another easy, fun creative activity children can do during the summer is create bird feeders! Children can make a feeder from scratch using simple material you can find in your house, which can help them improve their confidence and even develop compassion since they are creating things for the birds!
To make a bird feeder, the following items are needed:
- Bird Seeds
- Cookie Cutters (Optional)
- Yarn/String (For hanging the feeders when finished)
All that’s required is to mix all the ingredients properly, and then children can shape the dough into whatever shape they want. An easy way to make different shapes is by using a cookie cutter. Children can make such shapes as a circle, star, and so on using the cookie cutter.
Once the bird feeders are completed, you can use the yarn/string to hang them up on the trees outside. Children will enjoy observing as the birds feed on them. This activity can also lead to a discussion about local wildlife and how we care for our planet and nature.
7. Bicycle Race
Bicycle racing is a summer activity that never gets old, and most importantly, it promotes good physical health! That’s why this activity is very popular among the kids and is also offered in the majority of the summer camps as well!
The rules are simple. Allow children to compete in a friendly competition on their bicycles and have fun! The only thing that’s required to engage in a bicycle race is a bicycle and the safety gear. As for the rules, children can help set up the rules right on the spot, just remember that the main objective is to have fun and there are no winners or losers!
The benefits of bicycle racing include improved fitness, a positive mental attitude, social interactions, and improved motor skills.
8. Tug of War
Tug of war is a professional sport that is played on the international level and is even supported by the IOC! The children’s version of tug of war is a little less intense than the adult version but is equally fun nonetheless!
Using a thin, elastic rope, separate the children into two teams of equal size and assign each team to a side of the rope. Mark off an area on the ground- Whichever side manages to pull the other team behind the marked area gets to win the competition!
This can help children develop strategy and social skills, improve strength, and even promote team play!
9. Rock Balancing
This is a simple yet challenging activity for children that involves the outdoors, rocks, and a lot of patience. As the name implies, this activity involves collecting stones and then stacking them on top of each other in such a way that the rocks do not fall off. As the height of the rock stack increases, the challenge increases as well! And the best part is that it also qualifies as a steam activity for children!
10. Finding North
This activity only involves the use of an old-fashioned compass. Children can learn how to use the compass, which is an important skill. They learn how to orient themselves and learn the four main directions, North, South, East, and West.
Participating in this fun, adventurous activity will allow children to learn which way is north. To make it more interesting, you can also add prizes along the path to the north, to help them stay motivated and to keep following the compass pointing north! This can be an exciting treasure hunt!
Summer Camp Extravaganza: Outdoor Activities to Do in Summer 2022 for Children
If you are looking for fun, creative & academic outdoor activities for Summer 2022 for children, you’ve come to the right place. SPARKLES! SUMMER CAMP IN FAIR OAKS, FAIRFAX is the perfect place for games, fun, and a summer adventure for your children. Check our 2022 Summer Camp Calendar, or contact us now to enroll your child.