5 Easy, Cheap and Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids!

Family Hikes can be fun and healthy!
Cute for kids but lots of work for mom and dad!
Fun, clean and almost cost free!
There are hundreds of ways to make them!
You can use chalk or even a stone!
Get your Kids to use their imaginations!

Already running out of ideas for keeping your kids entertained with the nice weather "sporadically" here? We've got five fuss-free (and safe) activities that offer hours of fun (without lots of supplies, cleanup, or setup! Unlike the Garage Sale you see above. Adorable yes, fuss-free absolutely not!). 

  1. Organize a nature hunt - Discover a world of natural wonders right outside your door! Create a list of flowers, trees, bugs, and more that your children should look for and have them take a photo of each item as they find it.
  2. Do some water painting - Kids love painting; cut the mess by having them use water instead of paint. Give them paintbrushes and a bucket of water, find a sunny spot on your driveway, and let them create their masterpieces. They can create various pictures and marvel as they slowly disappear in the sunshine.
  3. Race paper airplanes - No kite? No problem! Turn this classic game into a fun art project by having kids decorate their own planes. Then send them outside to let the flying races begin.
  4. Play a game of hopscotch - Timeless and easy, this classic game burns energy and takes a long time to get old. Using chalk, create a hopscotch board. A refresher on how to play: Instruct your child to toss the coin or pebble onto the number one. Then she'll hop on one foot skipping number one, turn around and go back the same way, stopping on two (and staying on one foot) to lean down and pick up the coin before hopping over to where she started.
  5. Try out lawn bowling - The beauty of lawn bowling is that there are no pins required. Place the rock about eight feet from your "start" line. Split up the balls between the kids (tell them to remember their assigned color). Taking turns, they'll roll—or lightly throw—the ball trying to get it as close as possible to the rock. The winner is the one who gets his ball closest to the rock.