Do you see the sunshine? I do too. Here are 50 outdoor activities for kids!
Sometime between the first day of spring and the last day of school, my heart yearns for outdoor activities for kids. Sure, I am a child of the ’80s. There is a lot of worth in opening the garage door and asking kids to be back by sundown.
But the reality is days with young toddlers and preschoolers are not that simple. I remember having your children and wondering how we would make it to bedtime.
The days felt SO LONG. As much as I enjoyed my time with them, I also needed to get outside and find a way to watch from a fold-up chair with a book that I may or may not be able to read.
Toddlers and preschoolers require a little help finding the tools to kick off play outside. But once they do – MAGIC.
Here are 50 outdoor activities kids can do. (and you will enjoy)
Outdoor sensory play supplies are our summer staple.
It is time to restock the outdoor sensory supplies and prepare for fun water play!
List of outdoor activities for kids:
- Turn on the hose
- Make a jumbo chalk board game
- Add water (here is a list of 35 water games)
- Paint rocks outside
- Play with shaving cream
- Relay races on the driveway
- Leaf murals
- Bring racetracks outside – add water!
- Make a water sensory bin
- Squirt alphabet letters with water
- Make liquid chalk to squirt on the driveway
- Make an obstacle course with chalk
- Outdoor color hunt
- Add mud and get messy
- Transport items in a wheelbarrow
- Roll logs
- Try roller skating
- Make a mud kitchen
- Make a nature wand
- Listen for birds
- Stick nature to contact paper
- Hang a hammock
- Try pushing sticks into the ground
- Add food coloring to water bins
- Freeze water in a muffin tin
- Add old pots and pans to the water play
- Have a yard sale
- Host a neighborhood paper airplane sale
- Play with birdseed (allergy families, read labels)
- Paint with water and a paint roller on the driveway
- See if magnetic tiles stick to your garage door
- Balance on pieces of wood
- Use a strainer or colander in water play
- Transport pinecones with toy trucks
- Play tug a war
- Throw balls through a hula hoop
- Make a catapult
- Construct something out of pieces of wood
- Tie sheets to trees to make a shaded reading area
- Draw from shadows
- Practice pedaling on a tricycle
- Make rock pathways
- Gather sticks
- Hide plastic Easter eggs (even when it is past Easter)
- Use hula hoops
- Explore funnels and different sized containers
- Collect leaves
- Bring boxes outside to make a fort
- Bring an indoor toy outside!
How do I entertain my child outside?
Water play has been a massive hit for my toddler, preschooler, and big kid. It is the one supply that seems to bring all age groups together in a collective game.
When water play has been on repeat, and we need a slight change of pace, these outdoor supplies are always on hand and ready to give us life.
Our favorite outdoor toys to get outdoor play started.
These are the best backyard toys that we’ve used for years.
What is the best outdoor activity?
It is so hard to pick a favorite! Fill my water bottle up, and I can be outside for hours.
Outdoor activities encourage the large muscles in the body. We call these gross motor skills.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS
This is the summer activities for toddlers list is what you need.
Being outdoors inspires creativity and helps physical and mental health. Go to your driveway, or head to the park with a friend for this list of outside activities for kids.
Now, let’s add a picture to each idea to give you a better idea of which outdoor activity is worth clicking on to try. As a visual learner myself, I understand its importance!
This idea is a favorite and so much fun! Add a drop of food coloring into the water bottles. Pick a letter and squirt it! Easy, peasy outdoor fun.
We have such great memories from playing this outdoor chalk game. It is like a board game that you can walk on. Whoa. Mind blown, right? Details on the giant box dice are in the post.
Some days we need to go on a rock hunt. The next step, paint them. This gold paint is a winner for this outdoor painting idea.
How will I ever repay these bears for the joy they have brought my children. They are by far a favorite – and I still catch my eight-year-old playing with them. Bring the bears outside for an outdoor water bin. Bear soup? Don’t mind if I do!
Here is where we took indoor toys outside, and it was a HUGE hit. The boys tested the race cars and attempted to have them land in the buckets of water. (Always watch young children around water)
Grab the chalk again! A musical scavenger hunt is a great way to go outside and get moving. Play a favorite song. When it stops – run and grab something from that color. It is a lot of fun for all ages.
Can you balance a mini pumpkin on your head? It is more complicated than it looks – but it gave us all a good laugh outside when we needed time out before dinner was ready.
Shaving cream is my middle guy’s favorite. Here we brought out our 3D shapes and made new sculptures. This is an excellent late morning activity outside before the sun gets too hot. When it warms up, hose everyone (and everything) down.
I use butcher paper from home improvement stores for outside painting. Draw something your child enjoys, and the rest is up to them. Allow your toddler and preschooler to the color mix as they paint.
Shaving cream idea again. This sensory bin is a blast as children bury the pups and spray them clean with a water squirt bottle.
This is a two-step outdoor activity. First, gather items outside. Next, glue them on a giant piece of wood or cardboard. A fun way to strengthen small hands, practice gluing, and incorporate creativity.