60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids

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INSIDE: 60+ Outdoor Activities for Kids is your list of things to do with your kids (big and small) this spring! If you are looking for ways to keep your toddler, preschooler and older school aged child entertained outdoors at home you have come to the right place!

Easy Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids

The weather is getting warmer, the days getting longer and getting outside has suddenly become a priority everyday for us! Playing in the backyard is tons of fun. I don’t always have something planned for my littles when they play outside. I do like to have something fun and simple up my sleeves to pull out every once in a while to keep them engaged in the backyard. I find if set up a structured activity for them it leads to longer and more engaged free play afterwards. I put in the work and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labour. It doesn’t always happen but when it does its fabulous!

Awesome Outdoor Activities & Crafts

This helpful list of outdoor activities for kids is organized into the following key sections:

  • Fun Outdoor Games
  • Outdoor Art Projects
  • Crafty Things To Do Outdoors
  • Outdoor Sensory Play
  • Outdoor Nature Activities

OK! Are you ready to super charge your outdoor play with your kids?! Let’s get started!


60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids

Fun Outdoor Games

  1. Backyard Obstacle Course. Create an obstacle course in your backyard using items like hula hoops, skipping ropes, cardboard boxes, balls and kiddie pools.
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids
  1. Outdoor Fun: Backyard Mini Golf Course.
  2. Balloon Tennis by Happy Toddler Playtime
  3. Outdoor Game for Toddlers; a Musical Scavenger Hunt by Days With Grey
  4. Outdoor Potions Science Activity is a fun STEM idea from Busy Toddler
  5. Sticky Scavenger Hunt by Little Pine Learners
  6. Outdoor Road Easy Activity is another fun and easy activity from Busy Toddler using painters tape
  7. DIY Water Gun Cup Race. This easy to set up activity by Mom Brite is perfect parties and playdates.
  8. Follow the Line Scooter Maze. Create a maze for your kids to use with their scooters!
  9. Tin Can Stilts — Simple Outdoor Play. Turn tin cans into a fun outdoor activity for kids by There’s Just One Mommy.
  10. Homemade Bouncing Bubbles Recipe. Make bubbles at home in this DIY activity from A lIttle Pinch of Perfect.
  11. DIY Sponge Bombs is a fun activity with water and sponges from Messy Little Monsters!
  12. Water Bead Outdoor Races by Days With Grey
  13. Silly Grass Craft – Spring Activity for Kids by 123 Homeschool For Me
  14. Simple Color Scavenger Hunt for Kids by I Heart Crafty Things
  15. Signs of Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt with Printable by Rhythms of Play
  16. Spring-Themed Scavenger Hunt {with FREE printable list!} by KCEadventures
  17. How to make a Wormery out of a Plastic Bottle. Find out what happens under the soil with this easy to make DIY Wormery from a plastic bottle that your little ones will love to make by Rainy Day Mum.
  18. Backyard Construction Play Area by Toddler Approved

Outdoor Art Projects

  1. Shower Curtain Painting
  1. Ball Painting. Paint using a ball!
  1. Build a Sidewalk Chalk Maze. Create a maze using sidewalk chalk and drive trucks or cars through it.
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids
  1. DIY Soap Foam Sidewalk Paint. This is a fun and creative way to paint from Active Littles.
  2. Mosaic Heart Chalk Outdoor Activity for Kids. Create beautiful sidewalk chalk art with this idea from Lorenay Lennox.
  3. DIY Window Paint: Sensory Activity for Kids. Turn your outdoors windows into canvases in this activity by Mom Brite.
  4. Cotton Ball Splat Painting is fun and takes almost no prep by There’s Just One Mommy.
  5. Art for Kids: Cardboard Canvas. Turn a cardboard box into a giant canvas in this multi-age activity by Mama Smiles.
  6. An Easy and Adorable Bird Feeder for Kids to Make by Little Pine Learners
  7. Jackson Pollock Painting with Kids by Toddler Approved
  8. How to Make Chalk Bombs for an Ultimate Art Experience. Turn your sidewalk into the most colorful on the block with this fun idea from A Little Pinch of Perfect.
  9. Painted Box Cake Kids Activity. Create a delicious looking giant cake with this fun art activity. Find details at Busy Toddler.
  10. Water Pistol Painting is the one the best outdoor art activities ever by Messy Little Monsters.
  11. Art Class at Home: Painted Flower Pots by Grace Giggles and Naptime
  12. Hammered Nature Process Art by Barley and Birch
  13. A Cute Dandelion Wish Activity for Kids by Little Pine Learners
  14. Nature Murals; An Outdoor Art Idea by Days with Grey
  15. Spray Bottle Water Painting. Similar to painting with water using a paint brush but you use a spray bottle.
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids

More Fun Outdoor Art Projects

Rainbow Fish Sponge Painting

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Here is a fun and easy outdoor art projects for toddlers and preschoolers.

Stunning Water Gun Resist Art

Check out this stunning way of painting this summer: water gun resist art! Create cool patterns and designs with water guns!!

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint is a fun way to paint this summer with your toddler or preschooler. Made with only two ingredients!

Splatter Painting

Looking for a fun and colorful outdoor activity to do with your kids? Look no further than splatter painting!

Bubble Wrap Rainbow Stomp Painting

Are you looking for a fun outdoor art activity to do with your kids? Bubble wrap rainbow stomp painting is an colorful idea they will love.

Paint the Toys

If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to keep your kids busy this summer, why not try painting outdoor toys?

Pool Noodle Painting

Pool Noodle Painting is a fun and easy process art activity for summer! A great gross motor art activity for kids of all ages.

Shower Curtain Painting

Shower Curtain Painting is a fun way to paint. Set up an unique canvas for your toddler or preschooler to paint and then wash this summer!

Bubble Printing

Bubble Print Butterfly Craft is an easy summer craft for toddlers and preschoolers using a super fun painting method – bubbles!

Blow Painting with Straws

Blow painting with straws is a fun and super easy to set up painting activity for kids. A fun way to paint using straws!

Make Your Own Nature Paint Brushes for Kids

Making your own DIY nature paint brushes is a fun and unique way to create art while also getting outside and exploring the world around you.

Crafty Things to Do Outdoors

  1. Egg Boats. Make boats using plastic Easter eggs and place them in water and have a race!
  1. Cork Boats. Make Boats out of wine cork. Race them or include them in an ocean sensory play activity.
  1. Build a Cardboard Birdhouse. Build a birdhouse out of cardboard. Find more here.
  2. Nature Fairy House Building Activity. Create your own fairy house using item from the outdoors with this idea from Glitter on a Dime.
  3. Soap Carving is a simple but fun art activity using soap by There’s Just One Mommy
  4. How to Make a Windsock: Rainbow Craft for Kids by Kids Craft Room
  5. Simple Bug Hotel for Kids by Red Ted Art

Outdoor Sensory Play

  1. Painting with Water. Grab a container of water and paint brushes big and small and let your little one paint stones, fences or a porch with water.
  2. Mud Kitchen. How to set up a few sensory kitchen for outdoor creative play.
  1. Ocean Water Slides. Turn your slide into a water park for ocean creatures in this surprising engaging activity for toddlers.
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids
  1. Pom Pom Water Table. Bring out your water table and add Pom Poms to it to make a fun Pom Pom soup!
  1. Play with Giant Water Beads. You can play with regular sized water beads or giant ones. They are both crazy fun. Add them to a water table or a kiddie pool for a great sensory activity.
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids
  1. Muddy Zoo Sensory Bin by Happy Toddler Playtime
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids
  1. Giant Flower Soup by Happy Toddler Playtime is a great activity to do if the weather gets really warm in spring with spring flowers that are passed their prime!
  1. Outdoor Oobleck Sensory Activity for Kids by Busy Toddler is a great sensory activity perfect for outdoors!
  2. Water Beads in Mud Sensory Bin. Pull out the water beads and add them to a mud for a fun and messy sensory activity.
  3. Mud Sensory Play. Have a toddler playdate scheduled? Break out this sure fire idea for a good messy time!
  4. A Play Dough Fairy Forest Nature Play Invitation by Barley and Birch
  5. Ocean Sensory Activities – Easy Ocean Themed Sensory Play By Natural Beach Living
  6. Muddy Racetrack Sensory Bin by Happy Toddler Playtime
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids

  1. Shaving Cream Sensory Bin. Create an easy sensory soup using shaving cream.

Outdoor Nature Activities

  1. Birdseed Sensory Bin. Have a bag of birdseed? Add it to a sensory bin or storage container and add Toy kitchen tools for a great outdoor sensory activity. And let the birds do the clean up after they are done!
  1. Birding for Kids: Bird Watching Activities and Lessons by Rhythms of Play
  2. Growing Sunflowers with Kids by Rhythms of Play
  3. DIY Binoculars with Pressed Flowers by Little Pine Learners
  4. Growing a Magic Potion Garden by Pickle Bums
  5. Nature Cuffs by Danya Banya
  6. Great things to Do with Sticks and Leaves by Mummy Mummy Mum
  7. How to Plant Flowers: Organic Gardening with Kids by Rhythms of Play
  8. Rainbow Flower Threading Board by Little Pine Learners
  9. Get Creative with Painted Rocks in the Garden by Little Sprouts Learning
  10. Easy Spring Nature Walk Activity for Kids by Little Pine Learners
  11. Nature Turtle Sticky Wall. Decorate a turtle with items from nature.


60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids
60+ Awesome Outdoor Activities for Kids

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