My kids can’t wait to go outside as soon as the weather gets warmer. It can be challenging for me as a mom to entertain the kids outdoors while also creating a secure play space and carving out some time to get things done while the kids play. These easy kids yard activities will entertain kids in the backyard, help them burn off energy and encourage their motor skill development!
This post was sponsored by Bambino Mio.
Kids and babies are all entertained by bubbles. While it’s fun to blow your own bubbles, the task can be tricky for little ones and bubble blowing is a time consuming and repetitive activity. You can easily pick up one of these handy bubble machines that will pump out the bubbles for 20 minutes straight! My kids love running all over the yard to catch bubbles watching them lazily drift up towards the sky.
Sensory Cloud Dough
My kids love squishing and squeezing colorful dough, making “cupcakes” and spooning play dough into cups. Sometimes it’s fun to switch up the texture from regular play dough. Cloud dough is super easy to make with just 4 ingredients!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup hair conditioner
- 2 cups cornstarch
- food coloring
- glitter (optional)
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Mix the ingredients together until the dough becomes moldable and the cornstarch has absorbed most of the liquid. You can always add a little more water to make it wetter or a bit more cornstarch to make the cloud dough more dry. We added glitter and food coloring to our cloud dough and my kids enjoyed playing with it for several days.
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Once playtime is over, store the dough in a resealable bag or air tight container. If the dough seems a bit dry the next time you play with it, just knead in a bit more water.
Summer Baby Basics
My little guy is perfectly happy crawling around the yard in a cloth diaper. This eliminates the need to change his outfit 3 or 4 times as he moves from one messy activity to the next. His favorite past times are playing in the dirt, crawling around in the kiddy pool, and following his sisters around the yard. If it’s a particular sunny day I pair his cloth diaper (which also doubles as a swim diaper) with a simple shirt to protect him from the sun, but my son’s adventures lead to some very messy t-shirts!
These darling Bambino Mio cloth diapers are perfect for summer adventures. They close with Velcro which make them very adjustable and easy to put on a wiggling baby. The cloth diaper inserts are attached to the pocket cover which is a feature I really like because I can pull them out of the pocket diaper for washing but they never get separated from the cloth diaper cover. The pocket is also roomy enough to add a second insert for nap time or overnight use. Bambino Mio cloth diapers come in lots of cute patterns and colors!
Adjustable Velcro Cloth Diapers
The Bambino Mio miosolo all-in-one diaper allows the diaper to grow with baby from birth through potty training.
You can adjust the size of the cloth diaper using the adjustable snaps and Velcro style fastenings to best fit your little one. The concealed super absorbent core and stay-dry inner layer keep moisture away from a baby’s delicate skin.
Stretchy water resistant outer fabric and soft inner fabric remains soft wash after wash, providing luxurous comfortable diaper for your baby’s bottom. Bambino Mio diapers are made from 100% polyester laminated to polyurethane, inner: 100% polyester, core: 85% polyester, 15% nylon. I really like the style and how easy to use these diapers are. The colorful circus pattern and modern bee printed cloth diaper covers I received are just adorable!
Water Table Kids Yard Activities
Water tables are great backyard accessories because you can fill them with water, squish around with a pitcher of water beads, play with a bucket of sand, or dry off the water table and easily contain play dough or cloud dough sensory activities. We use our kids’ water table all the time and it’s a great height for interactive kids yard activities for both toddlers and preschoolers. My girls love playing with water beads and pouring the non-toxic colorful balls into cups and sorting them by color in muffin tins.
Clean up is easy too, I usually scoop the majority of the water beads into the trash and then dump the residue into the grass and spray off the water table.
If you want to save water beads, scoop them out into a colander, spray them off and store them in a gallon resealable bag or closable box for the next playtime.
Play with clean hands to help extend the life of your water beads because outside substances can quickly cause water beads to get slimy.
Clean water beads if they feel a bit slimy by giving them a quick rinse in a colander next time you get them out to play. I’ve successfully stored water beads for up to 2 months with a little rinsing and care each time we use them. Water beads are non-toxic and not intended to be ingested, but are generally safe for kids who can play without putting them in their mouths.
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Kiddy Pool Trampoline
I always love finding kids yard activities that help kids burn off energy. This fun trampoline pool from The Shrunks doubles as a bouncy surface for kids to play AND a kids’ swimming pool when you flip it over. It’s not as bouncy as a standard trampoline but my kids love rolling around, sliding off of this inflatable trampoline, and jumping around in the yard. We used our inflatable Bouncer Pool in the basement all winter and into the summer outdoors and the quality has held up well. We regularly inflate it and check it for any occasional leaks, which are easy to patch with a piece of duct tape or the patch repair kit it comes with. Jumping and splashing are both fun kids yard activities!
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I hope your kids are having as much fun outside as mine are! I love relaxing with the kids in the yard and watching them run around, try to catch butterflies and discover new things. I hope these tips help you create some fun backyard activities for your kids!
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.