See how many of these you can check off the list this summer.


1. Plant a garden.

2. Have a picnic. Bonus: Use ingredients from your garden!

3. Fly a kite.

4. Go camping in the backyard.

5. Make an obstacle course. 

6. Go on a scavenger hunt around your neighborhood.

7. Give the car a good wash.

8. Make DIY chalk paint, then decorate the driveway. 

9. Learn how to do a cartwheel.

10. Build a mud kitchen. 

11. Make and play with your very own water table. 

12. Give the dog a bath with the garden hose.

13. Collect and paint pet rocks.

14. Create a DIY water wall. 

15. Set up a back yard tight rope.

16. Use non-toxic, washable spray paint to make a backyard twister game. 

17. Make DIY bubbles. 

18. Set up an outdoor movie night.

19. Play backyard bingo.

20. Go stargazing.

21. Catch a lightening bug.

22. Go puddle stomping after a storm.

23. Play I-spy.

24. Create a sheet masterpiece. Hang up an old white sheet and let the kids paint.

25. Enjoy story time outside.

26. Look for shapes in the clouds. Bonus: Create stories with the shapes you see!

27. Make a gameboard out of chalk.

28. Use laundry baskets to play frisbee golf.

29. Run through the sprinkler.

30. Do a sack race with pillowcases.

31. Hug a tree.

32. Make s’mores.

33. Make a homemade water blob. 

34. Learn a new outdoor sport.

35. Make homemade popsicles. 

36. Have a water balloon fight.

37. Take an outdoor nap (in the shade).

38. Dance in the rain.

39. Tie-dye shirts, beach towels, shorts, dresses, sheets – anything! 

40. Have a bonfire.

41. Ride bikes.

42. Create a fairy garden. 

43. Collect and identify the plants growing in your yard.

44. Make a papier-mâché piñata and fill it with treats.

45. Shadow trace your toys on a sunny day.

46. Make slime. 

47. Play hopscotch.

48. Climb a tree.

49. Build an outdoor fort.

50. Create a DIY slip and slide with a tarp, water and some dish soap.

51. Paint kind messages on rocks and leave them around your neighborhood.

52. Play lawn checkers.

53. Make ice cream in a bag. 

54. Play hide and seek.

55. Find a quiet spot outside, close your eyes and meditate for five minutes.

56. Go for a walk and measure how far things are from your house.

57. Hula hoop.

58. Recycle old crayons by melting them in the sun.

59. Play in a sandbox.

60. Press leaves and flowers into an old book or scrapbook.

61. Paint with fruit or flowers.

62. Play catch with a ball.

63. Catch and release bugs you find in your yard.

64. Paint with a (clean!) fly swatter.

65. Set up two goals and play soccer.

66. Make a collage from things you find in nature.

67. Create a toy car wash or bike car wash.

68. Make pine cone bird feeders and hang them in a tree. 

69. Make leaf rubbings. 

70. Make a daisy or clover crown. 

71. Whittle some sticks.

72. Make a miniature golf course in your yard.

73. Have a shaving cream fight.

74. Learn about the history and significance of totem poles and make your own. 

75. Paint with colorful ice. 

76. Have a water gun fight.

77. Play tag with a wet sponge.

78. Design mud sculptures.

79. Plant a butterfly garden. 

80. Play a game of marbles.

81. Weave with nature. 

82. Make a DIY composter. 

83. Do outdoor yoga.

84. Help clean out the garage.

85. Play balloon volleyball.

86. Practice hammering nails into scrap wood (with supervision).

87. Keep a list of the birds that visit your backyard.

88. Hang up some lights, put on music and have an outdoor dance party.

89. Fill a plastic container with toys for a frozen giant ice block. 

90. DIY giant pick up sticks.

91. Make a your own giant Jenga game. 

92. Make a worm farm. 

93. Host an egg and spoon race.

94. Have a tea party with stuffed animals and dolls.

95. Decorate your bikes, especially for holidays like the 4th of July.

96. Paint with water. 

97. Use an old bed sheet to play a parachute game.

98. Make friendship bracelets.

99. Have access to water? Go fishing.

100. Lace up your shoes or roller blades and play street hockey.