15 Summer Activities For Kids by Joe at Nature Rated

What are your kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you’re lucky the ocean.

As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! If you’ve not got the luxury of a Summer camp then it’s up to you as parent to find things for the youngsters to keep busy with.

Failing that, your kids might spend all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen and research has shown that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of children.

Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental ill health and it’s on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.

Joe at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an infographic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.

This is what it looks like:

From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there’s plenty for the youngsters to get up to. Head on over to his site for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.


  1. Janet W.
    May 31, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    These are fantastic summer activity ideas for my grandsons! They definitely won't be bored doing these fun things!

  2. Tamra Phelps
    May 31, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    My youngest nephew spends a lot of time here during the Summer while his parents are at work. I sometimes think I need to get him away from the tablet & outside to play, so these ideas might help.

  3. Charlotte Howard
    May 31, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    What great ideas! Getting outside is so important for children during the summer, not only for their physical health, but mental health as well! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Maryann D.
    May 31, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    This is a wonderful infographic. I always appreciated different ideas for summer time with my children. I did not want them to get bored.twinkle at optonline dot net

  5. 1AlwaysNYC 1
    June 1, 2017 / 12:20 am

    I was just reading an article about how Japan has created programs for their citizens to walk and relax in the woods for their mental health. It sounds very similar.

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