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31 EXCITING Outdoor Activities For Kids

Outdoor activities for kids are essential for every parent!

 

But what can you do to keep your kids entertained outdoors?

 


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I have to try different activities with my kids to keep them interested and to help me stay engaged when I am playing with them! I have broken down my favorite 31 Outdoor Activities for Kids into categories to help you find what you need!

 

Let’s dive into some fun!

 


Category #1: Learning Activities

I am constantly trying to come up with fun ways to teach my kids! Including learning opportunities outdoors is a fantastic way to introduce learning concepts to kids as well as going over specific topics!

 

All of these learning activities are play-based. I am a very BIG believer in this strategy of learning because it makes learning more memorable and fun for kids.

 

Activity #1: Hula Hoop Clock

 

Want to teach your kiddo how to tell the time in an interactive and fun way?

 

Create this simple hula hoop clock activity! It’s such a simple set-up, and it’ll have your kids excited to learn about the clock.

 

hula hoop outdoor learning clock

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials needed: one hula hoop, sidewalk chalk, and two sticks (one long and one short).

 

2. Write the numbers of the clock on the inside of the hula hoop with the sidewalk chalk.

 

3. On the outside of the hula hoop, write the minutes next to each number to learn that concept.

 

4. With the two sticks, place them in a position for the kids to be able to tell the time! I suggest starting with easier times like 1:00, 2:00, etc.

 

5. For older kids, you can challenge them by asking them harder times like 3:30, 10:45, or 6:15.

 


Activity #2: Color Scavenger Hunt 

Scavenger hunts are the best outdoor activities! Kids just love being the first to find something!

 

I always pretend like I am looking too, and that always gets the kids excited to find items before me!

 

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: cardboard, paint/markers, and clothespins.

 

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2. Cut out a small piece of cardboard and paint/color a few different colors that you would like the kids to find outdoors.

 

3. Clip the clothespins on the board so the objects will be secured on there!

 

4. Go outside and start searching for some different colors! I ended up taking the kids to the Metroparks to find some different colored objects. We didn’t have a bunch in our own yard, and it makes for a fun field trip outdoors!

 


Activity #3: Chalk Letter Matching

 

Are you looking for a simple activity?

 

This activity is easy to pull off and is effective. These types of activities are my favorite kind! Plus, they are perfect even for the busiest of parents.

 

chalk letter matching

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: sidewalk chalk

 

2. Write down upper case letters on one side and lower case letters on the opposite side.

 

3. Have your child use a piece of sidewalk chalk to match the upper case and lower case letters!

 

4. Have an older one who wants to join in? Challenge them to write the letters then match them!

 

RELATED: 21 PERFECT Alphabet Activities For Kids

 


Activity #4: Squirt the Sight Word

 

Do your kids like to have fun?

 

Then, this activity is for your kids!

 

sight word squirt

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need- sidewalk chalk and a water gun.

 

2. Write some sight words on your driveway or sidewalk. I like to use a variety of different colors!

 

3. Ask your child to find a specific word, and they will use to water gun to squirt that word!

 

4. They will be SO excited to do this activity! You may even need to add a few new words to the list because they love it so much!

 

RELATED: 23 ENGAGING Sight Word Activities

 


Activity #5: Color Hop 

Color hop is an active game for kids to practice color recognition!

 

color hopping game

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: sidewalk chalk

 

2. With sidewalk chalk, create several circles in a circular formation with different colors that you want to practice with your little one.

 

3. Ask them to hop to a specific color. Once they get on that color, have them say what color it is, then ask them to hop over to the next color.

 

4. When practicing hopping skills, give them a tip to hop with both feet together like a bunny.

 

5. Have an older one you want to challenge? Try to do some different locomotor activities to each color (skipping, galloping, leaping, walking, running, and side-sliding).

 

RELATED: How To Teach Your Toddlers Colors

 


Activity #6: Locomotor Shape Game 

One fun fact about me is that I am a physical education teacher! I have been for ten years now. So, I love coming up with learning activities that can get my kids moving.

 

Teaching your little ones how to do locomotor movements will get them prepared for PE and sports.

 

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How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: sidewalk chalk

 

2. Draw several shapes that you want to work on with your little one on the sidewalk or your driveway.

 

3. Ask them to perform a specific locomotor activity for each shape! Examples of locomotor movements are skipping, leaping, galloping, sliding, walking, and running!

 

By asking them to perform the movement to each shape, they will work on shape recognition as well as active movements that are important for their well being and coordination!

 

RELATED: 6 PROVEN Ways to Teach Your Toddler Shapes

 


Activity #7: Outdoor Alphabet Match

This water-play alphabet match activity will have your kids excited to practice the alphabet!

 

outdoor letter match

 

Kids will enjoy searching through the water to find the letters! They can even use some fine motor tools to make this activity a little bit more challenging.

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: a large container, foam/plastic letters, and sidewalk chalk

 

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2. Fill the large container up with water and place the letters in the water.

 

3. With the sidewalk chalk, write the letters of the alphabet.

 

4. Younger kids can search through the water and match the foam/plastic letters on the correct letter written in sidewalk chalk.

 

5. Challenge older kids to find specific letters and say the sound that it makes to work on phonics skills with them! 

 

6. This can also turn into a reading game by having your older kids work on creating words. Just write the letters of the word in sidewalk chalk instead!

 


Activity #8: Addition Balloon Toss

Adding water to any activity instantly makes it exciting for kids!

 

Adding with water balloons is a perfect way to practice addition facts.

 

addition balloon facts

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials needed: water balloons and sidewalk chalk.

 

2. Fill the water balloons with up with water and, with a sharpie, write a bunch of different addition equations on the balloons.

 

3. With sidewalk chalk, write the answer to the problems you created. For example, if you wrote 3+1 on a balloon, you’d create a circle with a number 4 in it.

 

4. Your kids will read the problem on each balloon and throw the balloon at the circle in which they believe is the solution to the math problem!

 

RELATED: 16 PROVEN Addition Activities 

 


Activity #9: Shortest vs. Longest

 

I love this activity because it just involves outdoor nature materials to pull it off!

 

shortest to longest activity

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: nature materials (sticks, rocks, leaves, cattails, grass, flowers, etc.)

 

2. Gather a bunch of different nature materials and place them out on your driveway or sidewalk.

 

3. Place all of the materials next to each other, so it’s easy for your kids to see the different lengths of each item.

 

4. Challenge them to place the items in order from the shortest to the longest. For little ones, just grab 3-4 things to start, you can always grab more! Older kids can grab as many as they’d like!

 


Activity #10: Squirt Gun Reading Words

 

Want to get your kids to work on some reading words?

 

Well, this is the activity for you! They won’t say no to this activity!

 

reading word squrt gun game

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: plastic cups, labels, and a squirt gun.

 

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2. On white labels, write some reading words that you want to work on with your little one. I chose to do some rhyming words to work on reading and rhyming at the same time!

 

3. Place the labels on the cups and place them face down on a flat surface outdoors. Leave a little room in-between each cup so it’ll be easy for them to hit a specific cup.

 

4. Ask them to find a word, and they will aim their squirt gun at it and shoot the water at the cup they believe is the word. The cup will get knocked over, and they will get so excited!

5. Do this for each cup! It may be such a hit that you may have to do it over and over again.

 


Category #2: Art Activities

 

I love doing art projects outdoors more than indoors!

 

Why?

 

It’s way EASIER to clean up, you aren’t as worried to get a little messy since it’s outside, and the kids get to explore the outdoors in a new way!

 


Activity #11: Ice Chalk

 

Want to win the best parent of the day award?

 

Try this DIY ice chalk activity with your kids! This is the perfect summer activity for kids!

 

rainbow ice sidewalk chalk

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: sidewalk chalk, cheese grater, corn starch, an ice tray, and measuring cup.

 

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2. Use a cheese grater to make the sidewalk into a powder form. Use about half a piece of sidewalk chalk of all the colors you want to do. Dump that into a measuring cup.

 

3. Add in 2 tablespoons of corn starch and 4 tablespoons of water. Mix with a spoon!

 

4. Dump the liquid into the ice tray. If you use half of a piece of chalk, this will fill about 2 sections of the ice tray.

 

5. Do this process for each color you want to use!  I placed half of a popsicle stick in each ice tray container so it’s easier for the kids to hold onto, and it’s not as messy on their hands!

 

ice chalk

 

6. Pop in the freezer and use it when you want!

 

*TIP*: Use a hose and spray down the area that you are using the ice paint on first, so it glides easier for the kids. Also, spray down the area when you are done for easier clean-up! I have heard that it could potentially stain newer concrete areas, so don’t use it on those areas of your home!

 


Activity #12: Popped Bubble Art

 

I don’t think I have met one child who doesn’t love bubbles!

 

Creating popped bubble art is fun for kids of all ages! Adding color into bubbles makes them even better!

 

popped bubble art

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: bubble solution, food coloring, bowls, bubble wands, and cardstock paper (this paper is thicker, and it holds up better than printer paper).

 

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2. In a bowl, fill it 1/2 full with bubble solution. Then, add in around 5-7 drops of food coloring in each bowl for each color. Mix it well!

 

3. Dip the bubble wand in the mixed up solution and blow bubbles onto the cardstock paper!

 

4. Add a little learning into the mix by talking about what colors you can mix to create a new color! For example, red and blue make purple. Let your kids get creative by trying to mix colors.

 


Activity #13: Squirt Gun Painting

 

Looking for a fun new way to paint with your kids? They will love using a squirt gun to paint and create a masterpiece!

 

squirt gun painting

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: squirt guns, liquid watercolors, and a canvas.

 

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2. Put the liquid watercolors in each squirt gun! I used 4 squirt guns with different colors inside.

 

3. Let the kids spray away! Easy as that. They will LOVE seeing the colors appear and drip down the canvas!

 


Activity #14: Paint with Nature

 

Painting with different types of materials in nature will be exciting for your kids.

 

It’s such a cool way to explore the textures of nature while painting!

 

paint with nature

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: paper (I prefer easel paper since it’s longer), washable kids paint, and nature items (leaves, sticks, cattails, flowers, etc.)

 

 

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2. Gather all the materials you want in nature. Try to grab a variety of textures, sizes, and patterns.

 

3. Tape down the piece of paper on a flat surface outdoors. Put some paint on the paper or in a paint tray.

 

4. Let your little ones go to work! Let them explore the objects you gathered, dip them in paint and use them to make marks on the paper. Talk about the textures of the objects (smooth, rough, bumpy, etc.).


Activity #15: Tree Bark Rubbings

 

Want a simple and fun outdoor art activity? Tree bark rubbing is a different way to create art, and your kids will love trying something new!

 

I always look for ways to try new things, and this was a major hit with both my kids!

 

tree bark rubbing art

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials: crayons, markers, packing tape, and paper (easel paper works best).

 

2. Tape the piece of paper onto a tree and have all your art supplies ready for your child to start drawing.

 

3. With crayons/markers, have your child draw on the piece of paper to create markings. You kids can create as many markings as they want! It’ll be fun for them to try different colors and explore the texture of the tree bark.

 


Activity #16: Exploding Paint Bombs

 

This was the biggest hit with my kids! The anticipation of waiting for the explosions is the best!

 

Don’t worry; it’s not a real explosion :). Just an explosion of color on the paper!

 

exploding paint experiment

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need:  film canisters, washable paint, Alka-Seltzer tablets, cardstock paper

 

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2. Fill up each film canister 1/2 way with different washable paint

 

 

3. Add in 1/2 of an Alka-Seltzer tablet to each of the film canisters. Put the top on each one and flip it upside down with the lid facing down on the paper.

 

4. Wait for it to explode! This is the best part 🙂 The kids will LOVE watching it shoot up in the air!

 

TIP: Make sure to have the kids stand back a few feet away from the paper, so they don’t get hit with the canister when it pops up!

 

5. Check out the fantastic marks it leaves on the paper.

 

RELATED: My 10 FAVORITE Learning Supplies For Kid’s Activities

 


Activity #17: Shadow Drawings

 

Want to WOW your kids? Try doing a shadow drawing activity with them!

 

This activity works the best around 4 pm with the sunlight!

 

shadow drawings

 

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: construction paper and an object to trace (animal figures, cars, dinosaurs, etc.).

 

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2. On a flat surface outside, place a piece of construction paper on an art tray.

 

3. Place the object at the edge of the paper facing the sunlight, so it casts a shadow on the paper.

4. Let your kids go to work tracing the object on the paper! Give them some art supplies like colored pencils, crayons, and markers to color it in once they traced the outline of the object.

 


Category #3: Active Outdoor Activities

 

CAUTION! Before trying these activities, you need to realize that you will be asked to play them over and over again because they are that FUN!

 

This is my specialty! I am a physical education teacher and have been for the past 9 years!

 

I love coming up with ways to keep my kids active, show them how physical activity can be fun, and teach them different games!


Activity #18: Sponge Tag

 

I feel like I am starting this section with my best game, and I feel like I shouldn’t be admitting that, but hey, it’s the truth.

 

Sponge tag will have your kids screaming in delight! They will LOVE this water-themed game.

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: sponges for everyone who would be playing (I suggest a set of 10 sponges).

 

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2. You are trying not to get tagged in this game, but most kids will want to be!

 

3. One player will start with a sponge. They will try to tag other students with the sponge (they can’t throw it).

 

4. When a student gets tagged, they will grab another sponge and join the tagger!

 

5. The last player standing becomes the new tagger for the next round.

 


Activity #19: Pool Noodle Hockey

 

Anyone else’s kids love to hit stuff?

 

I feel like I am always telling my little guy not to hit the wall with toys or slam things to the floor.

play noodle hockey

 

Pool noodle hockey is an excellent way for kids to get their energy out and hit things without causing any problems! It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: pool noodles (at least 4, you may need more depending on how many people are playing), yard stakes, a beachball, and a knife to cut the pool noodle.

 

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2. Set 2 goals up across from each other by bending it to look like an arch. To do this, place yard stakes in the ground a few feet apart from each other.

 

3. Adults should do this next part! With a knife, cut a pool noodle in half, so it’s easier for your kids to use it as a hockey stick.

 

4. With a beach ball, the kids can try to hit the ball with the pool noodle to score in their goal! You can keep track of points, or you can just play for fun.

 

This game is great for hand-eye coordination, striking and aiming skills!

 


Activity #20: Keep it Up

 

Keep it up is a great activity to work on hand-eye coordination skills as well as volleying!

 

Plus, it’s super simple to pull off, and your kids will love trying to beat their score.

 

kepe it up activity

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: a beach ball

 

2. Have your child toss the ball up in the air with both their hands. They are trying to keep the beach ball up in the air without it falling on the grass.

 

3. They can use their hands, arms, legs, feet even head to keep the ball up!

 

4. They should keep count (or you can) to see how many times they can do volley it up to themselves. They can try over and over again to beat their score.

 

5. If they are struggling or you want to help them get a higher score, you can join in on the fun and have this be a two-player game, or even involve the whole family to see how many you can get as a group!

 


Activity #21: Fill the Bucket

 

This is such a fun and simple activity to do as a family! It’s perfect for summertime for a family get together!

 

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: 2 sponges and 4 buckets

 

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2. To set up for this game, place the buckets a few about 30 steps apart from each other.  Fill two of the buckets with water and leave two empty. Place a piece of painter’s tape inside the bucket about 1/3 of the way up, so the kids know where they need to fill it up with water.

 

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3. The players will start behind each bucket. The first person in line will be given a sponge. On the GO signal, they will dip their sponge into the bucket of water.

 

4. They will run that sponge down to the empty bucket and squeeze the sponge, so the water comes out of it. Once all the water is gone, they will run it back and give it to the next person to do the same thing. If there is no one else on their team, they will repeat this process over and over again!

 

5. The first team to get the water to reach the line is the winner!

 


Activity #22: Nature Scavenger Hunt

 

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite things to do outside!  It keeps the kids moving and excited to find the next thing.

 

nature scavenger hunt

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: My FREE Outdoor Scavenger Hunt worksheet, a clipboard, and something to write with.

 

2. Print off the worksheets and grab something for your child to be able to mark what they found. I also suggest having a clipboard to make it easier to carry around and write on.

 

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3. Walk around your yard or a park to find each thing on the list! Even if they don’t see everything the first time out, keep the worksheet so you can take it out to try to find the rest on the next outing.

 

RELATED: FREE Teaching Resources

 


Activity #23: Obstacle Courses

 

Creating your own obstacle course is such a fun, creative, and great way to keep your kids active outdoors!

 

You and your kiddos can work together to make an obstacle course that they will enjoy.

 

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How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: pool noodles, hula hoops, tunnel, exercise ladder, jump ropes, cones, skip its, sports balls, etc.

 

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2. Everyone’s obstacle course is going to look different since we all have different types of equipment at home!

 

3. Grab the materials that you want and set it up, so it’s in some sort of order that your kids to follow so they know what activity they are going to do next.

 

4. Have them go through the obstacle course! You can also time it using a timer. Then they can do it again so they can try to beat their score!

 

RELATED: 20 AWESOME Exercises for Kids

 


Activity #24: Water Bottle Glow Stick Toss

 

There’s nothing much better on a summer night with kids than busting out some glow in the dark sticks for an activity!

 

You will be the coolest parent around if you set this activity up for your kids to play.

 

outdoor ring toss

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: glow in the dark sticks, empty pop bottles, and plastic toy rings.

 

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2. Make sure to bend the glow in the dark sticks, so they glow when you put them into the pop bottles. Place a few in each.

 

3. Have your kids stand a few steps back from the bottles and try to throw the plastic rings to get onto the pop bottles!

 

4. My one suggestion is, don’t wait until it’s too dark out because it’ll be too hard for your kids to see where to through it at. It’s perfect to do just a little bit after sunset.

 


Activity #25: Capture the Flag

 

Do you remember playing capture the flag as a kid in gym class? It is one of my favorite games to play with students!

 

It’s also one of their favorites too, which makes it even more fun to play with them!

 

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How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: scarves and cones

 

 

2. Split teams up evenly! You can even play this game with two people!

 

3. Each time will hide their flag on their side of the playing area.

 

4. Place cones, pool noodles, or several jump ropes together to make a middle line.

 

5. On the GO signal, players can cross the middle line to try to get the other team’s flag.

 

6. If they get tagged by someone on the other team, they go back to their side of the playing area.

 

7. If a player gets the flag and is on their way back with it and gets tagged, they must drop the flag where they got tagged and go back to their side. The other team can put the flag back in its spot.

 

8. If a team successfully grabs a flag and brings it back to their side, that round is over, and you will play again!

 


Activity #26: Tic-Tac-Toe Relay

 

This relay is SO much fun, and it’s super simple to pull off.

 

You only need two people to play! But this game could be played with a lot of people too.

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: Yard spray paint and 2 different objects like paper plates or Frisbees for the two teams.

 

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Check out this video below to see how to play this game!

 

 

2. With the yard spray paint (which is entirely safe to use and comes right off), make lines to create a tic-tac-toe board.

 

tic tact toe board

 

3. One person or team will have a set of 3 objects, and the other team will have another set of 3 objects that are different (see picture above).

 

4. Create a starting line with cones or even the yard spray paint.

 

5. On the GO signal, the first person from each team will run to the tic-tac-toe board and place one of their objects in a space. They will then run back and either tag the next person in line, or if there are only 2 people playing against each other, they will pick up the next object and run back to the board.

 

6. Play goes on until one person gets three in a row. You can do this up or down, side to side, or diagonally.

 

7. If all players have all their objects on the board and there is no winner, it’s a tie, and you can start over.

 


Activity #27: Nature Walks

 

The best way to get outside, exercise, and learn about nature is to go hiking!

 

It’s one of our favorite activities to do as a family. We love exploring new areas outdoors and doing little scavenger hunts together on hikes.

 

hiking

 

There are no specific directions for this activity! Just get outside and have fun! Talk to your kids about different objects in nature. Show them animals, insects, flowers, and trees.

 


Category #4: Practical Life Activities

Practical life activities are crucial to a child’s development. They are lessons that focus on skills that kids will use for a lifetime.

 

These are skills that show kids what it means to be responsible, independent, and a part of our culture.

 

Do your kids always ask you to help out with projects that you are doing? It’s because they have an interest in learning how to do these activities that adults do!

 


Activity #28: Gardening with Kids

 

One of our favorite things about the summertime is creating our garden!

 

There’s nothing much better than walking in your backyard to grab raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and peppers!

 

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One of my closest friends since college has an amazing blog dedicated to gardening called The Gardening Dad.

 

Here are 3 of his ideas that you can do with your kids!

 

A. Make Your Own Painted Gardening Pots

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  • Age Range: All Ages
  • Approximate Time to Complete: 15 – 30 minutes
  • Location: Indoors or Outdoors
  • Season: All Season

 

Why Your Kids Will Love It:

Kids of all ages will love painting pots for their plants! This is an easy, fun, and quick activity for all kids. And if they love painting one pot you can always get more to keep them busy all day!

 

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Paint your terra cotta pots white to brighten its color.
  • Step 2: After your white paint dries, paint the terra cotta pots whatever color you would like.
  • Step 3: Let your colors dry overnight.
  • Step 4: Add a Matte Finish if you want to keep your container outside.
  • Step 5: Walk around your house and yard to decide where to put your pot (and plants).

B. Play Garden Bingo

Gardening Bingo
  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Approximate Time to Complete: 30 – 60 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors
  • Season: Spring & Summer

 

Why Your Kids Will Love It:

Everybody loves bingo. And who loves bingo more than kids.

This is a fun and enjoyable game that parents and kids can play together. Not only will it occupy hours of time, but it is a great educational game to help your kids learn about gardening and the outdoors.

 

Instructions:

  • Gardening Bingo is easy! It’s like the bingo you know and love, but with gardening topics!
  • Learn answers to gardening questions, while having fun playing this game.
  • The game comes with 6 bingo cards, chips, and 42 picture cards.

 


C. Plant Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs in Pots

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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Approximate Time to Complete: 30 – 60 minutes
  • Location: Indoors and Outdoors
  • Season: Spring & Summer

 

Why Your Kids Will Love It:

This is the perfect way to help your kids learn how to garden, while also educating them on all the wonderful plants that they can enjoy.

Best of all is that this is an activity that both parents and kids will love. And you can do this no matter where you live!

 

Instructions: Read 20 Easy Vegetables to Grow in Pots for Beginners for in-depth instructions

Step 1: Fill your pots with potting mix soil. Then spray the soil 10 times.

Step 2: Create a 1/8 inch hole with a pencil tip. Place your seed in the pot. Cover it with soil. And then spray the soil for 10 more times.

Step 3: Place your pot in front of a window that gets sunlight for 8 hours or under a grow light.

Step 4: Spray your seed for 2-3 times a day until the seed sprouts through the soil. Continue doing so until your seed gets to be 3 inches tall.

Step 5: Finally, continue watering your plants 1 – 2 times a day until they are ready to harvest. Harvest your plants as you see fit (see instructions in the article above).

 

Want to learn more? Check out thegardeningdad.com for some more ideas!

 


Activity #29: Flower Arranging

 

My kids go to a Montessori preschool, and they do an activity where the kids can bring in wildflowers, and they arrange them.

 

Did you know that flower arranging helps kids master life skills like cutting, pouring, placing, and carrying?

 

flower arranging activity

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: flowers, watering can/plastic cup, and a cup of water.

 

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2. If you have flowers in your yard, go outside and go flower picking! Make sure the kids get the stem along with the flower so it can be placed in a vase. If you don’t have flowers in your house, you can also use store-bought flowers.

 

3. Have your little one pour some water into the vase before adding in the flowers.

 

4. Ask your kids to place the flowers in the watering can one at a time. They will work on arranging them in the can. They will also see at this time if any of the stems need to be cut.

 

5. If any stem needs to be cut, work alongside them to make sure they are handling the scissors safely. They can cut the stems to make them shorter to fit better in the vase.

 

They will be so proud of the beautiful arrangement they made with the flowers! 

 


Activity #30: Car Wash Activity

 

Kids will love this sensory car washing activity!

 

Even though it looks like it may be difficult to set up, I promise you, prep time is just a little over 5 minutes to prepare this activity.

car washing sensory bin

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need:  2 large plastic storage bins, mixing bowl, spoon, towel, sponges, men’s foam shaving cream (2), food coloring, and toy cars.

 

toy cars

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2. In a mixing bowl, spray 2 cups of shaving cream and a few drops of whatever food coloring you want to use. Mix it up with a spoon then scoop it out into the container.

 

3. Repeat this process with every color that you want to use!

 

4. Grab your other storage bin and fill it up with some water and grab a towel for them to dry the cars off.

 

5. Let the kids go to town, covering the cars in the rainbow shaving cream! They can use the sponges, so it feels like they are really washing the vehicle. They can use the water to wash it off then dry!

 

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Activity #31: Picnic Activity

 

Want to switch things up for lunch of dinner one night? Take the kids outside and have a little picnic!

 

Picnic play can turn into such a great dramatic play scenario for the kids! It also serves as an excellent opportunity to work on some practical life skills.

 

picnic activity

 

How to do this activity:

 

1. Materials you need: blanket, plates, napkins, utensils, cups, and food that you would like to include in your picnic.

 

2. Let your kids run the show! Have them create their lunches. Always stand nearby in case they need help.

 

3. Some suggestions that I have to work on some different skills are to try to have them make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peel clementines or a banana, pour some crackers into a bowl, wash strawberries, and pour their own water.

 

4. Have them set down their plates, napkins, utensils, and cups on the blanket and have a feast together outside!

 


Final Thoughts and Conclusions

 

Getting outdoors with your kids is an essential part of your everyday life!

 

I’m all about letting kids be kids and letting them just enjoy their time outside. However, there are also times where I like to add in some learning and fun play experiences in-between those times as well!

 

Changing up the environment that you learn and play in will excite your little ones, and it just maybe their favorite way to show you what they know and can do!

 

Do you have any outdoor activities/games that you like to do with your family outside that I didn’t mention? Please let our community know about them! We would all benefit from your ideas!

 

Happy Learning!

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