Ready to get your kids more engaged with the outdoors through fun and easy activities? Read on!
We don’t have a yard. And while I really enjoy not having to take care of a yard, it’s a point of much strife for the kids. It would definitely be nice for me, too, for all of us to be able to spend time outside without having to gear up, leave the house and walk to a park. I am massively grateful for our city’s parks, though!
Whatever outdoor space you’re working with, I know it can be hard to get kids to actually ENGAGE with nature. My kids will play in a yard or park all day if they have friends or cousins (or, for Graham, SNOW) to play with, but sometimes they need direction, tools, or a specific challenge to get them going.
If your kids are the same way, I’ve gathered a list of 101 things for kids to do outside. Do them together, send the kids out with a task, or put a bunch of ideas in a jar and pick one out per day. However you get them started, I bet your kids will get increasingly creative with their outdoor time and crave more and more of it over time.
101 Outdoor Activities for Kids
I’ve divided these up into a few categories: things that are perfect for the backyard, at night, near water, in winter, in summer, and on hikes. Most of them can be done anywhere, though!
Backyard Activities for Kids
Institute a family “green hour” in which everyone goes outside.
Make a mud zone and let the kids go wild.
Observe an area closely by laying on your belly and taking a bugs-eye view.