Family Fun Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages (Including the One You are Married To)

August is Family Fun month! During the summer everybody is busy with different goings-on so it can be hard to spend quality time together as a family. These activities will help bring you closer as a family while enjoying each other’s company.

 

Outdoor Twister

  • Twister Spinner
  • Spray Paint or Paint
  • Twister Mat

This game can be played a few different ways depending on your preference. If you are okay with coloring your grass you can spray paint the different colored circles onto the grass and play directly on the yard. If you are not so willing to sacrifice your lawn grab the mat from the original game board and place matching colored paint or shaving cream on top of the coordinating spots. For a fashionable reminder of your fun time wear a white t-shirt and the paint splatter will create a cool design. Simply hose down the mat at the end of the game and allow it to dry before placing it back in the box.

Rain Painting

  • Watercolor Markers
  • Watercolor Crayons
  • Food Dye
  • Paper
  • Tray

As much as we would like to think that the summer is all sunshine without a cloud in the sky, it simply isn’t true. Rain painting is a fun activity to add color to those days of summer that are a little gloomy. You can add your own color to the day.

A variety of products can be used to create a rainwater masterpiece. Watercolor markers or watercolor crayons are a good option that you might already have at home. Another fun option is food coloring which can be found at a local grocery store.

Use the watercolor crayons and markers to draw on a dry piece of paper. Once you are finished take the paper out into the rain and watch as the water turns your picture into a one of a kind painting.

If you choose to use food coloring let the paper get wet first by placing it in the rain. When droplets of the coloring fall onto the already damp paper they watch them swirl and disperse in unique ways. A tray can help keep the dye from going places you don’t want. Experiment with different techniques and find your own artistic style.

Jumbo Ker-plunk Game

  • 4 (16-inch) 2 x 4 boards
  • 4 (10-inch) 4 x 4 boards
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Spray paint
  • Wire netting
  • 18-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple gun and staples
  • 30-40 bamboo garden stakes
  • Ball pit balls (Can be found on Amazon)

Building this contraption will take some preparation. It might look challenging at first but is completely doable with a little elbow grease. Start by screwing the 16 inch 2 x 4 boards together to form a square. Next screw the 10-inch 4×4 boards to the four corners of the square to make legs. If you’d like to add some color a coat of spray paint can get the job done; be sure to let the paint dry.

Next, make a tube out of the wire netting and use the 18-gauge wire to hold it in place by typing the ends together. Place the wire tube on the top of the wooden platform and use the staple gun to secure the wire to the platform. Now slide the bamboo garden stakes through the openings in the tube. Try to make sure the stakes go in all different directions and don’t leave any large gaps for the balls to fall through. Finally fil the top of the tube with ball pit balls and the game is ready. In case you need a refresher the traditional rules for Kerr-plunk are as follows:

  • Take turns having each player remove one stick at a time
  • The object is to remove the stick without having any balls fall out of the tubing
  • If a ball does fall then the player who caused it to fall must add it to their pile
  • In the end the player who has the least balls wins
 

Over-sized Memory Game

  • 10 Sheets of Poster Board
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Grab some poster board from the local dollar store and prepare for some educational fun. Gather about 10 sheets of poster board and measure them lengthwise. Find the halfway point of each sheet and draw a line all the way down the center. Cut along the line to create two pieces. Now you should have twenty cards in total. Now draw matching items on the cards. Some suggestions include the alphabet or different shapes. The cards can be customized to what your child is learning.

To play mix the cards up and lay them face down on the lawn or even in your home. Leave some space around the cards so that you can walk around them. Have your kids take turns flipping over two cards at a time until they have a match. The game continues until all the matches are made and then each player counts their matches and the one with the most matches wins. Not only is this game fun but it helps to build your child’s memory skills.

Human Board Game

  • Chalk
  • Cardboard box
  • Marker
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Masking tape – (if you want to play indoor)

Create your dice by taking your cardboard box and taping the construction paper to the sides. Next draw circles on the sides coordinating with an actual dice. Then if you are outside take your chalk and draw a board game path. If you want to play indoor masking tape can be used to create the path. You can make fun shapes or put a red X in some boxes for “lose-a-turn” spots. Another option is a +1 or -1 for “move ahead” or “move back” spots if you want to include some subtraction and addition to the game. The first to the end wins!

Giant Jenga

  • Sand Paper
  • Craft Paint or Wall Paint
  • 2 x 4 Boards

First you need to purchase enough 2 x 4 boards to cut into forty-eight 10 ½ inch pieces. You can cut the boards yourself or ask your local lumber yard to cut them. Next sand the edges of the 2 x 4 boards so that they are smooth enough to slide easily across each other. To add some interest you can paint the ends of the boards a few different colors.

To play stack all the blocks in levels of three placed next to each other along their long sides and at a right angle to the previous level. The object of the game is to remove one block at a time from the tower and then stack it on top. The last player able to stack a block without making the tower fall wins. Traditionally the player who build the tower goes first and then play passes to the left. Blocks can be removed from anywhere below the highest completed story but only one hand can be used to remove the blocks.

Sheet Forts

  • Sheets
  • Tape
  • Fan
  • Hula hoop

Sheet forts are a summertime favorite. Perfect for outdoor or indoor play time, all you need are some sheets or blankets and a lot of imagination. If you want to set up your fortress outdoors and don’t have a clothesline, hula hoops can be a useful alternative. Hang them from trees and other objects with a sheet attached to create a cozy spot or hideout.

If it is a rainy day and you want to have some fun indoors, couches and other pieces of furniture can be used to structure a fort. For something fresh, try making an air fort. Take the biggest sheet you can find and tape one of the long sides down to the floor. Place a fan at one end and flip the sheet over the fan and tape the remaining edges to the floor. Turn on the fan and let the air fort fill with air. Not only is it a fun space but cool for those hot summer days.

During the hustle and bustle of summer family time can fall by the wayside. With different sports practices and parties to attend schedules can get hectic. But these are the memories that you will cherish. So go grab your family members and celebrate Family Fun month with these outdoor activities.

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