15 Fun Ways to Spend More Time Outside This Summer

It's time to take these indoor activities outdoors.

From local festivals to family cookouts, there are endless ways to have some good old . But, we have to confess that even on the nicest of days, we're sometimes guilty of spending most of our time inside. So we've rounded up 15 everyday activities we usually do indoors that can be easily be moved outside to our backyards and porches this summer:

1. Watch a movie using an outdoor projector.

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You might have to invest in a good projector, but this colorful set up by looks like a whole lot more fun that watching Netflix on the couch.

2. Read a book.

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Pull up a rocking chair on the porch and cozy up with a good read. Or, if you want to go all out, make your own outdoor reading nook, as seen on .

3. Set up an outdoor crafting station.

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Take your crafting outdoors by transforming a potting bench, like 's, shown above, into a DIY oasis. Just trade your watering cans and pots for buckets to hold craft supplies.

4. Talk on the phone.

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It might sound simple, but even a few more minutes spent outside can be seriously good for you. So the next time you pick up the phone, take your call in your backyard.

5. Take family game night outside.

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Instead of your usual board game, play a bigger and better version of it in your backyard. Above, one creative blogger turned her fire pit cover into a checkerboard.

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Or, for a giant game of lawn Twister, all you need is colored spray paint and circular stencils.

6. Write, just for fun.

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If you're used to working in an office or filling out paperwork, claim writing as something that's fun again by giving creative writing, journaling or poetry a shot. Nature is the perfect inspiration.

7. Move lunch outside.

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is more fun than eating indoors. Turn your backyard into a whimsical setting for a picnic with a hay bale table, as seen in this anniversary photo shoot by featured on .

8. Give your pet a bath.

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Not only is this a good way to spend more time outside, but it also helps you avoid bathroom clean-up. Of course, don't be surprised if your kids want to jump in the tub too!

9. Go bowling.

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With plastic pins, bowling can be a backyard activity perfect for everyone from adults to young children. To make your own version, like these cute watermelon pins, all you need are empty 2-liter bottles.

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You can also turn bowling into a nighttime activity by putting glow sticks inside your empty bottles.

10. Listen to music.

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If you normally unwind by listening to your favorite tunes, just take your speakers or headphones outside for an extra dose of relaxation.

11. Or, invite a local band over for a mini neighborhood concert.

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12. Sleep.

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Even the most mundane of everyday activities can be better enjoyed in your own backyard. Forgo that camping trip to spend the night in a tent that's closer to home.

13. Unwind on your couch.

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Get up from your cozy spot in front of the TV, and create an inexpensive pallet sofa. It will encourage you to choose your backyard over your den when it comes time to kick back.

14. Host a backyard party.

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Invite your neighbors over for a backyard party to celebrate summer. Your house won't get messy, and there will be more space for guests to move around.

15. Take your work outside.

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If you can't seem to step away from your , grab your laptop and head to the patio for some fresh air. Your backyard setting will inspire you to type faster, so you can try out some of our other ideas.

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