15 Outdoor Summer Activities!

How do you keep the kids busy this summer? With awesome backyard summer activities!

I’ve rounded up 15 great articles for you — from water games and water parks to backyard bowling and mud pie kitchens! Check them all out after the break!

  • Outdoor Play Kitchen 1 of 15
    Outdoor Play Kitchen
    Nearly every kid loves to play "kitchen" outside -- so give them some more to spark their imaginations!
    Learn more at Garden Mama
  • DIY Reading Tent 2 of 15
    DIY Reading Tent
    Want to get your kids reading? Give them a fun place to read. This fun outdoor tent is simple to make -- just some PVC pipe and tablecloths. And it's easy to set up, move and take down.
    Learn more at Tatertots & Jello
  • Outdoor Music Wall 3 of 15
    Outdoor Music Wall
    Building on the previous project ideas -- why stop at chime panels? Take what you have around the house to build a whole outdoor music wall. Let the kids put on a show!
    Learn more at Creative Star Learning
  • Outdoor Scrabble 4 of 15
    Outdoor Scrabble
    I love this idea! Get the kids' word power activated with this giant-sized outdoor Scrabble game!
    Learn more at Sunset
  • Outdoor Twister 5 of 15
    Outdoor Twister
    Twister's a perennial favorite, and here are some great ideas for making it an outdoor game that will stand up to the elements.
    Learn more at Me, Myself, and Tena
  • Mud Pie Kitchen 6 of 15
    Mud Pie Kitchen
    Clean out your kitchen and take your worn-out pans to the backyard to start a mud pie kitchen! Blackboard painted panels make for creative decor.
    Learn more at Joyful Home
  • Backyard Puppet Theatre 7 of 15
    Backyard Puppet Theatre
    Kids love puppet theaters -- and here's an easy way to give them the theater their productions deserve.
    Learn more at Kojo Designs
  • Backyard Sprinkler Park 8 of 15
    Backyard Sprinkler Park
    No need to travel to the water park -- just try these ideas for a backyard sprinkler park when the mercury rises.
    Learn more at Event Horizons
  • Backyard Bowling 9 of 15
    Backyard Bowling
    Make your own backyard bowling set -- and, for the ambitious, backyard bowling alley too!
    Learn more at Du Cote De Chez Vous
  • Backyard Splash Pad 10 of 15
    Backyard Splash Pad
    Looking for an idea for the backyard? Try this spectacular backyard splash pad -- it's a major project but it's sooooo cool!
    Learn more at Apartment Therapy
  • Outdoor Chalkboard 11 of 15
    Outdoor Chalkboard
    Perfect for "playing school," art projects, or just fun messages, this outdoor chalkboard project is easy and versatile.
    Learn more at The Creative Crate
  • DIY Water Wall 12 of 15
    DIY Water Wall
    Recycle stuff you've got around the house and teach the kids some water physics. Check out these ideas for a DIY water wall.
    Learn more at Curbly
  • DIY Slip n Slide 13 of 15
    DIY Slip n Slide
    Make a custom-tailored slip n slide to keep the kids sliding through the summer. It's easier than it seems -- and will fit your yard exactly. And since you built it you can guarantee it will work for your yard.
    Learn more at Digital Misery
  • PVC Water Park 14 of 15
    PVC Water Park
    Build your own water park from PVC ... and watch all the kids in the neighborhood show up in your yard!
    Learn more at Ashley Ann Photography
  • copper-pipe-chime 15 of 15
    Focus your kids' noise-making tendencies and teach them some fun musical ideas at the same time with this chime panel project -- it's not very hard to make.
    Learn more at Creative Star Learning

Do you have any Summer activities that you love doing with your kids? Share your ideas in the comments!!


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