40+ Awesome Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids

Looking to boost or maintain learning this summer? Check out these fun and easy outdoor learning activities for kids of all ages. Keep them learning during the summer break by ditching the workbooks and grabbing some rocks and sidewalk chalk and going outside!

Outdoor Learning

This is really a fantastic list of learning ideas that can be done outdoors in the warmer weather. The great thing about this list is that you can modify most of them to meet your child’s learning needs and level! Make a pool noodle obstacle course to learn not just letters but also numbers, shapes, sight words or addition. Use sidewalk chalk and spray bottles to learn colours, letter sounds or names! There are so many ways to promote learning outside.

This is list of outdoor learning ideas is organized into 3 sections:

  1. Literacy Activities;
  2. Math Activities; and
  3. STEAM Activities.

Outdoor Literacy Activities

  1. Squish the Bugs Alphabet Game – Happy Toddler Playtime
  2. How to Practice Writing Sight Words for Kids Who Love the Dirt – Thriving STEM
  3. Construction Race: a Letter & Number Active Learning Game! – Preschool Powol Pocket
  4. Teaching Sight Words with a Fun Water Play Activity – Homeschool Preschool
  1. Spray the Flowers – Happy Toddler Playtime
  2. Water Balloon Letter Smash: Summer Literacy Activity – School Time Snippets
  3. ABC Sidewalk Chalk Game – Buggy and Buddy
  4. Jump & Spell Spelling Activity – 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  1. Icy Letters: A Literacy Sensory Bin – Happy Toddler Playtime
  2. Alphabet Learning with Chalk & Rocks – And next Comes L
  3. Water Painting Handwriting Practice – Coffee Cups and Crayons
  4. Painting Letters With Water – a Fun Pre-Writing Activity for Kids – Happy Hooligans
  1. Sight Word Soccer – Fun Outdoor Literacy Activity for Kids! – Chalk Academy
  2. Spray Bottle Alphabet Game – Raising Dragons
  3. Pool Noodle Learning Activity: Alphabetical Order Obstacle Course – The Educators’ Spin On It
  4. Name Splash Preschool Letter Recognition Game – Preschool Inspirations

Outdoor Math Activities

  1. Learn Patterns Outside – Bambini Travels
  2. Garden Flower Ten Frame – Rainy Day Mum
  3. Sidewalk Chalk Outdoor Math Game – Look We’re Learning
  4. Outdoor number hunt for preschoolers – The Lady Birds Adventures

  1. Number Dig, Wash & Match – Happy Toddler Playtime
  2. Counting Walking With Toddlers and Preschoolers – Bambini Travels
  3. Outdoor Color Hunt – Days With Grey
  4. Giant Outdoor Memory Game for Kids – 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  1. Number Spray & Dump – Happy Toddler Playtime
  2. Telling Time Activities : Make a Hula Hoop Clock – Creekside Learning
  3. Sum Splat: Learning with Water Balloons – I Can Teach My Child
  4. Learn to Count Lady Bird Craft – Messy Little Monsters
  1. Outdoor math review: bean bag addition! – Susan Jones
  2. Simple Outdoor Number Activities for Kids – Fun-A-Day!
  3. Sidewalk Chalk Math Games – Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
  4. Chalk Counting Garden – Fantastic Fun and Learning

Outdoor STEAM Activities

  1. Rock Science Experiments – KCEdventures
  2. How to Make a Pitfall Trap with Kids – Rainy Day Mum
  3. Sunscreen Painting: STEAM For Kids – Team Cartwright
  4. Awesome Outdoor Play Tree Puzzle – Preschool Toolkit
  1. How to Build a Bug Hotel – Megan Zeni
  2. DIY Solar Oven from a repurposed cardboard box – The Craft Train
  3. Dragon Science: Green Fire – Kid Minds
  4. Pop Rock Science Experiment for Kids – 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  1. Let It Rain: Puddle Science – Kid Minds
  2. Science for Kids: DIY Water Rockets & Physics – KCEdventures
  3. Water Balloon Science Experiment – 123 Homeschool 4 Me
  4. How to Make Exploding Paint Rockets with Film Canisters – STEAMsational


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