The weather is definitely improving, and if you are anything like us, you need to get outside. I feel like we’ve been stuck inside so much lately! So now’s the time to pull out the easy to do outdoor activities, and of course, we’ve got you covered with everything from crafts to STEM depending on your preferences and interest. Plus, we will make sure to keep this outdoor activity resource growing and filled with fun things to do outside all season long. Are you ready to soak up Vitamin D?
FUN THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE WITH KIDS!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
When you find extra time on your hands at home but can still get outside at least, you may end up needing a few tricks up your sleeve! We’re here to help. Many schools, camps, and activities are also canceled this season, so we have also shared fun indoor activities too!
Now I want to share some big-time fun outdoor activities for when you aren’t fitting in schoolwork or if you have multiple age groups at home and you need to keep the younger kiddos busy while the older kids work on lessons.
If you have toddlers at home, check out our backyard ideas for easy to set up ideas even if you have a small backyard!
LET’S GET OUTSIDE!
- Draw something!
- Plant something!
- Explore something!
- Get something wet!
- Build something!
- Grow something!
- The possibilities are endless…
I bet you have most of the supplies you need already. If not, add them to the grocery list. There are even fun FREE printables added in along the way!
Our website is filled with free and easy to use activities for kids. Search a theme, season, or holiday and see what you can find. Even easier, stop by our SHOP for many “done for you” activity packs for kids like our Nature Pack!
25+ FUN THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO OUTSIDE
Click on the links below to get started with some of our favorite outdoor activities for kids!
Make it fizzy and takes it outside. Fizzing outdoor paint is a fun way to take science outside this year!
We love to hunt for painted rocks on our walk every day and we have been finding tons of new ones each week. They really brighten the trail and can create a fun I Spy game for kids.
Have you ever wondered if you can make your own outdoor sidewalk chalk? Absolutely! Check out the easy recipe here.
This is the best sidewalk paint recipe ever to take outside! Easy to make and washes away just fine! Watch the video.
This water STEM activity is so much fun whether you have a fence, railing, trellis, all you need is a bit of creativity for endless hours of play!
We might not be able to go stay in a hotel but you can make one for the bugs in your garden. Read about all the advantages of having a bug hotel in your yard and see how we made ours!
Take the learning outdoors and explore the world of bees with a DIY bee hotel.
Bubble science experiments, homemade bubble wands, 3D bubbles! Click on the link to watch the video.
Go On An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Grab our pack of free scavenger hunts right here. There’s 8 to choose from!
A fun way to take the science lesson into the yard and learn how to observe a small section of the outdoors very carefully.
A great family project or older sibling/younger sibling project.
Do your kiddos love to whip up potions and experiment outside? It’s a great way to move the mess outdoors when the weather is nice.
Yes! You can build a volcano in the sandbox. Super easy and fun for kids.
Of course, you will need a very warm and sunny day, but there’s no harm in experimenting!
This is a fun way to explore simple physics outside!
Everyone’s favorite and a tasty afternoon treat. No matter how warm it is outside though, you will need winter gloves! See the video!
You don’t need fancy solar print paper for this activity, we used simple LEGO bricks and construction paper to create these fun sun prints.
For days that aren’t sunny, why not not make a rain painting outdoors. All you need is watercolor pencils, white card stock and a rainy day. On a piece of white card stock, draw a colorful sky by starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. Set your drawing outside on a rainy day and watch what happens to your drawing.
Super simple! All you need is a bin or tray and nature items from around the yard. Add plastic bugs or animals for play and storytelling.
Icy play is perfect for outdoor fun, and here we added a fun dinosaur theme.
Shaving cream and play sand make a great messy but fantastic sensory experience for kids! Perfect for things to do outside. See the video.
Hilarious fun with bursting or burping bags and a common chemical reaction. Outdoor science at its best!
Will the clouds bring rain? Part craft, part Earth Science as you learn about clouds and get outside to find out what types of clouds are in your sky.
Mud Pie Slime
Did you know you can make mud pie slime? Mix it up outside too! Use one of our basic slime recipes (here) and add a small scoop of dirt.
If you love slime, you’ll love color-changing slime with UV pigment powder. You can also use UV color-changing beads as an alternative and then enjoy making bracelets too. Take your slime into the sun and see what happens to the color!
Over 25 pool noodle ideas from outdoor water play to structure building. Who would have thought there were so many fun things to do with a pool noodle!
It’s a classic, and best left for outside experimenting!
A fun month-long series that features a week of science, technology, engineering, art, and math all with an outdoor emphasis.
FUN THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE FOR KIDS
SHOP OUR NATURE FUN PACK…
- Nature theme writing prompts make for the start of a fantastic outdoor nature journal.
- Explore nature-themed STEM challenges that encourage your kiddos to use supplies found in nature and natural materials to complete.
- Discover the birds in your backyard, learn how to make different kinds of kid-friendly bird feeders.
- Observe a favorite flower or leaf, and go on a scavenger hunt or two!
- Discover how to set up a one square foot backyard jungle project.
- Explore what it’s like to be a collector and set up your own collection.
- Explore the senses outside.
- Simple leaf science activities with leaves including leaf rubbing, how do leaves breathe, and leaf drawing.
- Start a seed jar and observe how a plant grows even under the ground!
- Build an insect hotel for your garden using natural and found materials.
- Many nature-inspired scavenger hunts to get you moving.
- BONUS: Pine Cone Pack included!