Fun and Simple Outdoor Activities for Kids

The weather is getting warmer, and it's time to get the kiddos back outdoors! At first they'll be running wild with the excitement of being able to play outside again, but all too soon you'll be hearing, "I'm bored. There's nothing to do out there." Of course this isn't true and there's always lots for kids to do outdoors. Sometimes they just need a little help coming up with new and different ideas! The following are some fun ideas to keep kids busy and active outside. Most of these activities can be easily changed and adapted to suit different ages and environments. Have fun!

Bubble Wrap Painting

This activity is often done indoors, but you can easily move it outdoors. Because of the paint, I would actually prefer to do it as an outdoor activity. It has kids wrap their feet in bubble wrap, dip them in paint and then walk, stomp, and drag their feet on paper to create a painting. 

Color Changing Squirty Chalk

This activity uses a liquid chalk mixture in condiment squeeze bottles. It allows kids to squirt and squeeze the chalk to create fun patterns and designs. It also provides a good lesson on mixing colors to create new ones!

Pool Scrabble

This idea of scrabble in the pool can be adapted for other purposes. You could use it as a scavenger hunt, in a baby pool, or as a race.

Nighttime Bowling

Put small glow in the dark light sticks - you can find them at dollar stores or party stores - inside pop bottles and set them up outside for night time bowling. The glow sticks will light the bottle up making them easy to see.

2 Liter Sprinkler

Poke a bunch of holes in an empty 2 liter bottle. Connect the bottle to a garden hose and hang it over a tree branch. This is a cheap and easy way to add a little sprinkler fun to your kid's outdoor play.

Outdoor Activities for Kids

This website has ten super fun outdoor games for kids to play. They're good ideas for everyday fun and summer parties.

Easy to Make Birdfeeder

These simple bird feeders are easy for kids of any age to make and they'll enjoy choosing a place to put them and watching the birds eat!


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Hannah T

About Hannah T

I am a 2010 graduate with a degree and certification in Elementary Ed., and I have worked with students from birth to junior high. I believe that one of the most important qualities to surviving a teaching career is a sense of humor. I also strongly feel that students are most successful when they are active and hands-on learners. My Mom was a Special Ed. teacher for almost 30 years, and my Dad was an English major, so I enjoy bouncing blog ideas off the two of them. This usually results in an exchange of great stories with my Mom, and a correction in my writing from my Dad. When they're not available, the job falls to my rescue dog, Coozie.

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