So many amazing ideas linked up to at Tuesday Tots last week that it was hard to choose what to feature but with our play turning from inside to outdoor as the weather warms up and the days get longer I’ve chosen over 20 ideas for Outdoor Play to encourage you to get out and play this summer as well.

Over 20 Ideas for outdoor play this summer featured on Rainy Day Mum

First off is from Nothing if Not Intentional with 35 FREE things to do at the beach with young kids – featuring one of our own ideas of beach clean up this is a fantastic list for you as you prepare to head to the beach this summer.

One of the things that kids love to do at the beach is collect treasures and The Boy and Me has a great idea what to do with those treasures once you get home.

Summer isn’t complete without blowing bubbles and Red Ted Art shared how to make some bubbles with 3 simple ingredients and Blog Me Mom shared 20 ideas to do with bubbles including recipes, art and play.

Summer is the perfect time to take art outside and The Usual Mayhem got painting with nature as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids this month. Inspiration Laboratories has also been collecting flowers and then making some art with them.

The beach isn’t always easy to get to but you can have so much fun at the park – Fantastic Fun and Learning shared 6 DIY book ideas you can make at the park and KC Edventures added a further 18 ideas to do at your local Park – plus both of these have a fabulous link up to discover even more ideas pop over and check them out.

Summer days spent at home and one of my childhood favourites and soon becoming my kids is to get out the sidewalk chalk Me and Marie Learning shares some Da Vinci Driveway art perfect for your budding artists to do this summer, if the temperature is rising then this recipe for Ice Sidewalk Chalk is perfect for keeping cool from Reading Confetti and while you are at it pop by and look at this fun chalk shadow for kids to do and decorate themselves. And Next comes L gets musical with their sidewalk chalk fun creating a giant keyboard to play on.

Enjoying your own garden is half the fun of summer and getting outdoors to play – whether you are gardening using recycled containers like those from Inspiration Laboratories or using the junk box items to create a game of Water Bottle skittles from Poppet and Little, if like us you have many umm “flowers” in your lawn then why not put them to use creating a Daisy Crown from Nature and Play or a Dandelion Crown from Fireflies and Mudpies. Part of the fun of summer for kids is bringing their indoor play outside and this idea from My Nearest and Dearest of creating a forest small world play is a great starting point.

Summer is the time for some field trips – how about a day at the zoo like the one visited by Peakle Pie, some fun at the creek and surrounding area from Like Mama like daughter or a day in the forest doing “risky” play from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes if you need more ideas for field trips this summer check out our top tips for taking your toddlers to the zoo for ideas.

If you are in need of even more inspiration then check out these 15 ideas for Outdoor Play from Early Play and from More Fun Mom! 10 ideas to kick off your summer.

Over 20 ideas for outdoor play for young children from the beach to your back yard featured on Rainy Day Mum

Remember that you can sign up for our Virtual Book Club Summer Camp – providing inspiration for you over 5 weeks to host your own at home Summer camp for 2 to 5 year olds (with activities easily adapted for younger and older kids) all you need to do is click on the image below and you will be directed to a form to sign up to receive our Activity Planners from the 24th June for 5 weeks jam packed of ideas to keep your learning and fun going over the summer.

Virtual Book Club Summer Camp 2013

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


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