10 Fun-in-the-Sun Activities for Kids

Author: one tough job

Even in this time of uncertainty, we can always count on spring to give way to a beautiful Massachusetts summer. Sunny days and long, relaxing evenings have us all looking for any excuse to get outside. These fun, easy, and socially-distant activities are sure to have your little ones stretching their legs—and their imaginations!

1. Adopt a Pet Rock

A pet rock can be a fun companion for your child and can even help them learn the responsibility of owning a pet. All you need is a rock from the yard and a little paint!

2. Enjoy a Family Picnic

Bring lunch outside! Set up a blanket, some paper plates, and some fun summer treats. It’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather close to home.

3. Go on a Treasure Hunt

A treasure hunt is a fun way to get your child outside and exploring their environment. Write clues on slips of paper, hide them around your yard, and help your children find some hidden treasure!

4. Build an Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is a great way to promote balance and coordination. Use objects like buckets, hula-hoops, and other household items to build an engaging obstacle course in your yard or garage.

5. Play "I Spy"

Spend some time outside and practice colors, numbers, sounds, and textures with a fun game of “I Spy.” Let your child take the lead and see what interesting things she will spot in your own backyard.

6. Go Cloud-Watching

Take turns spotting different shapes in the clouds.

7. Make Homemade Bubbles

No need to go to the store, these bubbles can be made at home! Just combine 2 cups of warm water, 1/3 cup of dish soap, and 1/4 cup of corn syrup.

8. Get Artsy with Chalk

Not all art is done on paper! Bring some chalk out to the driveway or sidewalk and get creative. Draw a self-portrait, play some hopscotch or foursquare, or even tic-tac-toe!

9. Play Follow-the-Leader

Line up and follow the leader! Funny dancing, jumping, and stretching are great ways to get you and your child moving.

10. Spend an Evening Stargazing

Lay out under the stars and point out some simple constellations to your little astronauts.

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