Outdoor Summer Activities That Improve Literacy

10 Outdoor Summer Activities That Improve Literacy Skills - Imagine Forest

Summers almost here! Get those fun outdoor summer activities ready to bust those boredom blues. And head outside with your sunglasses for some fun and educational outdoor summer activities. Educational activities don’t mean you have to be stuck indoors in the dark. Here’s a list of 10 outdoor summer activities to get you moving around and having some fun in the sun!

Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids:

1. Sticky Letters Alphabet:

Create beautiful artwork and learn the alphabets at the same time! Using outdoor materials to create the letters, such as leaves, sticks, flowers etc. and some double sided tape on pieces of paper. This is a fun and creative activity for anyone aged 3 and above!Outdoor kids summer activities-Sticky Letters Alphabet- imagine-forest

2. Scavenger hunt:

A Scavenger hunt is a perfect activity to beat those summer boredom blues! Whether you have one child or a group of children, you’re sure to have fun on a scavenger hunt. All you need is a list of items for the child to find and a reward at the end for finding them. Scavengers hunts can be adapted to suit any environment, such as if you’re at the beach you can include beach items on the list or playground items if you’re at the playground! Here are some examples of scavenger hunt lists.Outdoor kids summer activities - Scavenger hunt- Imagine-Forest

3. Story Maps:

Story maps are an excellent way of telling stories in a way that kids will enjoy. Similar to treasure maps, the idea of a story map is to re-tell a story and collect items relating to that story along the way. You can even add unusual items to give the story a little twist! You can find a brilliant tutorial on creating story maps here and some free printable story maps.Outdoor kids summer activities - story map-imagine forest

4. Outdoor Story Nook:

An outdoor story nook for kids is a perfect way to make reading stories fun! Not only do story nooks provide your child with a perfect place to read, but they are also fun to make and decorate with all your child’s favourite things! Click here for some inspiration to help you get started on your story nook!

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5. Act out a poem, song or story:

Acting out a story or a song is a great way for children to connect feelings with written words. This helps children to develop empathy towards their favourite characters in the stories they read, putting them on the path towards a lifelong love of reading. Ask your child to read out a sentence of paragraph from a story. Encourage them to use facial expressions and actions when reading this out. Have everyone join in to keep things fun and light.

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6. Nature Walk:
Visit your local park and talk about the things you see, hear, smell and feel. Bring a camera along and take pictures of the environment, such as flowers, rocks, trees and so on. When you get home, ask your child to label each photo with a sentence or two to describe the photo. You can even try write a poem about each photo or try writing a story linking all the photos together.Outdoor kids summer activities - Nature walk-Imagine-Forest

7. Sight Word Island Hopping:

This is an amazing activity which I found over at education.com. It is great for teaching kids new words over the summer break. All you need is some chalk and a pavement for this fun outdoor game. It can played with one child or a group of children. The purpose of the game is for the child to hop from one island to another, spelling out a word they are struggling with. If they spell the word wrong they have to start again from the starting island. Read the full instructions on how to play here.

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Taken from education.com

8. Sight Word Water Game:

In this fun summer game, you again need some chalk, a pavement and some water balloons or wet sponges. Using the chalk write out some words that your child is struggling with. Then ask your child to throw the balloons/ wet sponges at the words one by one, until they fade away. Once the whole word has faded away, ask your child if they remember how to spell the word. If they don’t remember begin the whole process again.

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Taken from education.com

9. Nature Journal:

The summer is the perfect time to see different animal species out and about. This can provide an excellent outdoor adventure for all those budding, young adventurers. First do a bit of research to see what wildlife are available in your area to spot. Then choose around two species that are not rare that your child can analyse. In a notebook your child can then write notes, draw pictures, add photographs of that species daily to learn about that species. Your child can even create an observation chart, observing the location the species was spotted at, timing, and weather conditions etc.

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Taken from education.com

10. Treasure Hunt:
Make a map of the “treasure hunt” area and pick a place to hide the treasure (ensure that it is not an obvious place). At each location on the map there should be a clue that will bring the child one step closer to finding the treasure. The clues can be in the form of rhymes, riddles or simply “take 10 steps from the playhouse”. The treasure itself can be anything from chocolates to toy jewels. A treasure hunt is always a great success with kids, the kids can even dress up as pirates for added drama!Outdoor kids summer activities - treasure hunt-imagine forest

Got any more ideas for some fun outdoor summer activities for kids? Let us know by commenting below and I’ll add it to this awesome list!

Marty the wizard is the master of Imagine Forest. When he’s not reading a ton of books or writing some of his own tales, he loves to be surrounded by the magical creatures that live in Imagine Forest. While living in his tree house he has devoted his time to helping children around the world with their writing skills and creativity.