Outdoor activities for children

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Do you love getting your kids outside? Then you’ve come to the right place to find inspiration for outdoor activities for children.

I’m passionate about getting children outside and sharing ideas. Below you’ll find some fun kids outdoor activity kids that can be done in the garden, on a woodland walk or at the beach.

outdoor activities for kids

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Outdoor activities for children

I’m a big believer that we should get kids outdoors more. There are so many benefits for parents and kids which I’ll go into more about below. More importantly, though there are loads of things for kids to do outside.

Wondering where to start? I have shared 100 things to do outside with kids over here. You’re bound to find something to inspire you.

The ultimate outdoor activity has to be camping with kids, you’re literally outdoors 24/7.

Outdoor garden activities for kids

There are so many things you can do in your own garden. Here are some ideas to get you started.

50 Things to outside at home whether you have a large garden or a small yard.

How about starting gardening with kids?

Creating a vegetable patch in a raised bed with kids

Why not start encouraging wildlife to your garden

Outdoor water toys for toddlers

One of my kids’ favourite things to do in the garden is water play. We love water tables but even a washing up bowl can lead to hours of fun.

Outside games for kids

I bet you remember playing hopscotch, skipping, pooh sticks and many more games when you were growing up. Piggy in the middle and what time is Mr Wolf? are also fun games to play outside too. Find a blog post filled with ideas for outdoor games for children here.

Fun things to do on a walk

Outdoor activity ideas for kids

There are so many things to find on a walk with kids.

We love nature walks so here are our favourite things to collect on a nature walk.

As well as finding things, there are many things you can do on a walk with kids. There are a few ideas below that we do all the time with our kids.

We love geocaching with kids.

I don’t think you can beat a good scavenger hunt. Get my winter scavenger hunt printable and enjoy it on your next walk.

Another great scavenger hunt is Seekers magnetic scavenger hunt review.

We love our Go find it cards for keeping in our explorer backpacks.

We love to take an adventure pack with us. A little rucksack with bits and bobs for entertaining the kids in it. Things like these Geosafari Jr Kidnoculars Extreme review.

If you love family walks then you may want to start tracking how far you walk as a family in a month or a year. If so I have a set of free family walk tracker printable in 50, 100 & 500 miles or km for you to print out.

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Woodland activities for kids

We love walking in the woods. So much so that I have a 5 day woodland challenge for you.

5 day woodland challenge for families

Do you want 5 days of woodland-themed emails?

Ideas for entertaining kids in the forest, things to make with woodland finds, books to read and even suggestions of some of our favourite woods to explore.

Easy ways to have fun with your kids and get them outside, connecting with nature.

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Things to do at the beach with kids

We love visiting the beach. Some of our favourite beach activities for children are rock pooling, building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. We also love collecting seashells and pebbles.

Nature crafts for kids

My kids are always collecting nature on our walks. I love to use their nature treasures for crafts. How about making:

A pine cone bird feeder

Why not collect nature on your net walk and create some nature art.

Sticks are one of the best craft materials in nature. Find 30 fun things to do with sticks here.

If you want more ideas then you’ll love my post on fun forest school activities.

Outdoor activities for 2 year olds

I’m a big believer in getting kids outside from an early age. Toddlers will love being outside.

But if you are wondering what to do with them though? Here are 33 outdoor activities for toddlers.

Perhaps you’re looking for specific nature-based outdoor play? If so you need my post on – Forest school activities for 2 year olds

Thinking of going camping with toddlers? Do it but read my top tips first for my top tips for camping with toddlers. Find the best camping toys for kids over here.

Go on an after-dark lantern walk. Here’s a DIY paper lantern craft for toddlers.

outdoor activities for 3-5 year olds

Outdoor activities for 3-5 year olds

This is a great age for getting children outside. There are so many great learning opportunities for toddlers and preschool children too.

A great educational game is an outdoor number hunt for preschoolers.

Another learning activity is a sound hunt for preschool children.

Teach your child maths and measuring outdoors. Find out more in my Learning Resources Measure Mate review.

Outdoor activities throughout the year

Winter activities for kids

I’m not the biggest fan of winter but we really made the best of it this year. I put all my ideas together and wrote about outdoor activities for kids in winter. I hope it helps anyone else who doesn’t like winter.

If you get any snow you have to try painting snow.

Spring activities for kids

There are so many great Spring activities for kids to enjoy. We love when winter is over and we get to start enjoying milder trips out. Spotting the new lambs, flying kites and Easter egg hunts.

Summer activities for kids

There are so many summer outdoor activities for kids. Beach trips are our favourite. We also love picnics, playing in the garden and lots of walks and days out.

Autumn activities for kids

We love autumn. The temperatures are still mild, the colours in nature are stunning and my kids love collecting autumn treasures like conkers, acorns and pine cones. Find my favourite Autumn activities for kids here.

Outdoor activity books for kids

Find my favourite outdoor activity books for kids here.

why is it so important for kids to be outside?

There is a lot of research on the benefits of getting kids outside. In particular these two studies – National Trust Natural childhood and a 2 year government study

  • Increased physical fitness
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased concentration  
  • Reduced levels of childhood obesity
  • Reduced stress and mental illness
  • Increased vitamin D from time spent in sunlight
  • Improved problem solving and increased ability to assess risks

Want to join a community of outdoor-loving parents?

Want to share more ideas for getting kids outdoors with like-minded parents? Join Wildling Explores the free Facebook group for parents who love to get their kids outdoors.

Have I missed a great outdoor activity for children? Do tell me in the comments.

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