Now that the weather’s getting a little warmer, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about with the kids at the weekends or during school holidays. Although the kids might be happy to play in the garden or ride their bikes for hours on end, you might soon start to hear cries of “I’m bored!”. Keep these outdoor activities for kids up your sleeve, and you’ll never be short of ideas to keep your little ones entertained.
On a sunny day, strawberry picking is a sticky-fingered treat for children and adults alike. There are hundreds of farms across the UK where you can pick your own delicious seasonal fruit, paying by the weight of what you pick – and it’s not only strawberries, you can often pick raspberries, gooseberries, currants and more! It’s a great way to get kids to eat more fruit, and you can continue the fun when you get home by making delicious fruit salads or baking a tasty cake.
When you go picking, it’s a good idea to wear old clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty and if it is hot weather, remember to wear wide-brimmed hats to protect your little ones from the sun. Bring a packed lunch, plenty of snacks and lots of water as it’s bound to be thirsty work. And don’t forget to bring your camera – it’s sure to be a fun-filled day out with the family which you’ll want to capture!
Volunteering for kids
It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of activities to enjoy with your kids, but volunteering is a great way to teach children about compassion, gratitude and responsibility – as well as being a whole lot of fun! There are a huge number of ways you can volunteer with your child and enjoy the great outdoors, from helping out in a community garden to dog walking at your local shelter. If you choose outdoor activities that your child is interested in, it could soon become their new favourite way to spend a Saturday morning.
If your little one loves animals, plants or birds, a day out at a wildlife reserve is a great outdoor activity for the whole family. There are over 2,000 reserves across the UK, so you’re bound to live close to one, whether it’s a meadow, woodland, garden beach or mountain – even if you live in the middle of a city! Many reserves hold their own nature clubs, where kids can learn about wildlife, and even if there are none near you, you can download activity sheets or the My Wild Summer brochure from the Wildlife Trust for plenty of ideas on creating your own nature adventures.
Treasure Hunt for Kids
What could be more fun than searching for hidden treasure? For an amazing day your kids won’t forget in a hurry, have a go at creating your own treasure hunt – and we promise it’s just as much fun for adults as for children! Just follow these easy steps:
- Decide where the treasure hunt will be held. This might be your own garden, the local park or the length of your street. Just make sure you let everyone involved know the boundaries, so no one strays off the course.
- Once you’ve decided where you’re going to plant your clues, start thinking of clues! This is where the fun really begins. You can be as cryptic or as explicit as you like, and depending how old your kids are, you could come up with anagrams, use picture clues, or write down instructions on where they have to go – it’s really up to you how creative you want to be!
- After writing down all your clues, it’s time to go and hide them! Take a supply of pins, Blu-Tack and sticky tape to your chosen locations. It’s a good idea to pop your clues into zip-lock bags, just in case it rains.
- At your final location, hide your treasure! This could be anything you like – a big box of sweeties, a new outdoor toy, or anything else your kids would enjoy. It’s nice to find a prize, but the all the real fun is in the hunt.
There’s nothing quite like a picnic on a nice day. Whether you want to enjoy it on the beach, in a beautiful local park or on a hike, it’s an outdoor activity for kids which will get them active whilst enjoying all their favourite foods. Pack things which can be easily eaten with your hands, such as sandwiches, summer sausage rolls and deliciously gooey chocolate brownies.
Family picnics are also a great chance to enjoy action-packed activities. Keep it simple with a good game of Frisbee, enjoy some water-based fun with our range of Super Soakers or go old-fashioned with an egg and spoon race.