29+ FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR ACTIVE KIDS

These outdoor activities for active kids, toddlers, and preschoolers are indeed perfect, no matter the season—spring, summer, fall, or winter—there’s always time for them!

These outdoor activities for 3-5-year-olds are especially great when you don’t have enough time to set up an activity. After spending more time indoors than ever before, we’re all eager to embrace the great outdoors. So, let’s dive into fun and engaging adventures, filled with fresh air and laughter—exactly what we need to rejuvenate our spirits and create cherished memories together!

You can watch all of our activities videos on YouTube with the activities included below.

Why do outdoor activities with your kids every day?

Outdoor activities offer numerous benefits for children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Firstly, they promote physical fitness, strength, and coordination. Running, jumping, climbing, and playing sports help develop motor skills and improve cardiovascular health. Secondly, sunlight exposure during outdoor play helps children’s bodies produce vitamin D, which is essential for bone health and immune function.

Fireflies chaising

What’s more, spending time outdoors in natural settings has been shown to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation, leading to improved mood and overall well-being.

Additionally, outdoor play encourages imaginative and creative thinking. Children have the freedom to explore, invent games, and interact with the natural environment, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills. Another benefit of outdoor activities for kids is that they provide opportunities for children to interact with peers, develop friendships, and practice social skills such as cooperation, communication, and teamwork.

Also, kids who spend time outdoors develop a sense of connection to the natural world. Exploring parks, forests, and gardens instills an appreciation for nature and encourages environmental stewardship.

Furthermore, outdoor play allows children to assess and manage risks independently, leading to increased confidence and resilience. For example, they learn to navigate challenges, make decisions, and problem-solve in dynamic environments.

Also, they stimulate cognitive development by engaging children’s senses and promoting exploration, observation, and curiosity. Nature-based play encourages learning about plants, animals, and the environment.

One super important benefit is that exposure to natural light and physical activity during outdoor play can improve children’s sleep patterns, leading to better quality sleep and overall health.

Outdoor Painting

Last, but not least, outdoor activities offer children a sense of freedom, adventure, and exploration. They can roam, run, and play in wide-open spaces, fostering a sense of independence and adventure.

10 Reasons to do Outdoor Activities with Your Kids Every Day

Outdoor activities are extremely important for the development of children. Therefore, we parents have to remind ourselves every day, not to skip this super important part of the day. Here are our 10 Reasons to do Outdoor Activities with Your Kids Every Day at a glance.

  1. Physical Health
  2. Vitamin D Absorption
  3. Stress Reduction
  4. Creativity and Imagination
  5. Social Skills
  6. Appreciation for Nature
  7. Risk Management
  8. Cognitive Development
  9. Better Sleep

Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids

Indeed, this is an open list of no-prep, fun, and easy outdoor activities for kids ages 2-7. You can do them anywhere – in the park, on the beach, in the backyard. Stay healthy and happy and exercise as much as you can!

What are some physical activities for kids outside?

So, let’ start with our first 10 outdoor activities that are great for young toddlers as young as 2-3 years old.

1. Beach Obstacle Course

Great to do, when you live close to the beach. It’s easy to set up an obstacle course and it’s so much fun for your little one.

2. Run away from the waves

Chasing the waves has a new meaning with a toddler. Always make sure you have some clothes with you, because this activity ends up always with being wet.

3. Run on a rope bridge

Rope bridge? Run as fast as you can!

4. Outdoor obstacle course

Super easy to set up, this outdoor obstacle course is a great way to practice gross motor skills every day for as long as you need.

Obstacle Course for a toddler

5. Balancing Circles

6. Hands and Feet Hopscotch

Draw footprints and a handprint in a row for as long as you like and then start hoping! Great to do together in the park!

7. Water High 5

Not only balloons, we have so many silicon hand-gloves now! Take one or two out, fill them with water and let your little high five them!

8. Catch the Wind

Run and try to catch the wind as long as you can!

9. Chasing Butterflies

“Chasing Butterflies” invites you to embark on a whimsical journey of exploration and wonder. Join us as we chase fluttering butterflies through meadows, gardens, and beyond. Feel the thrill of excitement as you discover the beauty of nature up close and embrace the magic of the moment. Let your imagination take flight as you immerse yourself in this enchanting outdoor adventure.

10. Slide the Ball

Grab a ball and let the excitement begin as your child sends it gliding down the slide! Feel the thrill as they watch it twist and turn, navigating its way to the bottom. This simple yet engaging activity is perfect for kids of all ages, offering hours of entertainment and laughter. Join us for a sliding adventure that’s sure to bring smiles and enjoyment to all!

Outdoor activities for 3-5 year olds

Addtionally, here’s a list of 19 outdoor activities for 3-5 year olds. These outdoor activities offer opportunities for kids aged 3-5 to explore, learn, and have fun in the natural environment while promoting physical activity, creativity, and sensory experiences.

11. Nature Scavenger Hunt

Create a list of items for kids to find in nature, such as leaves, rocks, flowers, or pinecones. They can explore the outdoors while hunting for these treasures.

12. Sidewalk Chalk Art

Let kids unleash their creativity by drawing colorful pictures or hopscotch games on the sidewalk or driveway using sidewalk chalk.

13. Bike Riding

Take kids for a bike ride around the neighborhood or in a local park. This activity promotes balance, coordination, and outdoor exploration.

14. Splash Pad Fun

Just set up a water play area in your backyard with sprinklers, water tables, or small pools for some refreshing water play. Your kids will be busy as long as you need them to be.

Splash in the backyard

15. Picnic in the Park

Pack a picnic basket with kid-friendly snacks and head to a nearby park for a picnic. Kids can enjoy eating outdoors and playing on playground equipment.

16. Outdoor Storytime

Bring books outside and have a storytime session in the backyard or at a nearby park. Encourage kids to engage with the story while enjoying the fresh air.

17. Bug Hunting

Provide kids with magnifying glasses and containers and let them explore the garden or nearby green spaces in search of insects and other critters.

Bug hunting

18. Nature Art

Collect natural materials like leaves, sticks, and flowers to create artwork such as nature collages, leaf rubbings, or rock paintings.

19. Obstacle Course

Set up a simple obstacle course in the backyard using items like cones, hula hoops, and cushions. Kids can crawl under, jump over, and navigate through the course.

20. Gardening

Involve kids in gardening activities such as planting seeds, watering plants, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. It’s another a hands-on way to teach them about nature and responsibility.

21. Bird Watching

Also exciting for the litlle ones is to provide them with binoculars and bird identification guides and go bird watching in a local park or nature reserve. Kids can then observe and learn about different bird species.

22. Nature Walk

Indeed, there is nothing betther than to take a leisurely walk through a nature trail or park, encouraging kids to observe and explore their surroundings. Take the chance to point out interesting plants, animals, and natural features along the way.

23. Nature Yoga

Practice kid-friendly yoga poses outdoors, incorporating elements of nature such as tree poses, butterfly stretches, and sun salutations.

24. Outdoor Music and Dance

Play music outdoors and encourage kids to dance, sing, and play musical instruments like tambourines or drums in an open space.

25. Nature Journaling

Provide kids with notebooks and pencils to record their observations, drawings, or thoughts about nature during outdoor explorations.

26. Rock Painting

Collect smooth rocks and let kids paint them with colorful designs or messages. They can then hide the painted rocks in the community for others to find.

27. Cloud Watching

Another easy activity you can practise as long as you have good weather is just lie down on a blanket and look up at the sky, identifying different cloud shapes and imagining what they resemble.

28. Nature Imagination Play

Also, encourage imaginative play outdoors by providing dress-up costumes, props, and natural materials like sticks and leaves for kids to create their own outdoor adventures.

29. Water balloon Piñatas

Also great idea for summer fun found on Pinterest (HelloWonderful.co and by PagingFunMums.com)

And here is are some more ideas for outdoor activities for kids 3-5 years old, which are for the most part self-explaining.

30. Making Puddles

31. Outdoor Painting

32. Flying my Paper Airplane

33. Kite Flying

34. Car Wash

35. Chasing Fireflies

36. Skateboarding

37. Hopscotch

38. Visit a Farm

39. Riding a tricycle

40. Riding a Pony

41. Swimming

42. Outdoor Pouring Station

Looking for more inspiration? Try out some more toddler activities your kids will love!

You can watch all of our activities videos on YouTube.

Happy Playing!

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