25 Ways to Have Fun Outdoors

Following on from last year’s popular post – 25 Ways to Have Fun, I present to you 25 Ways to Have Fun Outdoors. Why not try something from the list this weekend or over the Easter holiday break!

Head to the coast for a rockpool treasure hunt and a spot of beachcombing.

Climb a tree.

Throw a frisbee.

Spend time together on an evening family walk or ride.

Fill a tub or a paddle pool for some water play.

Paint a fence or a window.

Head to a National Park for a bushwalk.

Grab a magnifying glass and hunt for bugs!

Swing your hips in a hula hoop.

Get busy in the garden and pull some weeds or plant some vegetables.

Play a game of chasey or hide and seek.

Try catching dinner with a spot of fishing.

Draw a hopscotch grid with chalk on the pavement and get jumping.

Scramble up a hill. And roll back down again.

Bounce on a space hopper, pogo stick or trampoline.

Build a blanket cubby house and ‘camp’ at home.

Throw or kick a ball around.

Set up an obstacle course in your back yard.

Pop on some gumboots and jump in puddles.

Head to the park and fly up high on a swing. Adults too.

Have a game of marbles.

Take your percussion instruments outdoors and have a sing along. Or form a marching band.

What are your favourite ways to have fun outdoors?

For another great list of ideas for getting outdoors, check out this list over at Montessori Moments.

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  1. My 2yr old son loves to collect sticks. Everyday we take a walk and he always comes home with at least 5 new sticks. Yesterday, the park across the road was mowed so we went and played in the grass cuttings then laid down and watched the clouds. It had been a long time since I had just laid down on the grass. So nice :)

  2. My kids love to get wet – whether running through the sprinkler, playing at our water table or while watering our plants & veggies. Best of all is playing in the mud they make after!

  3. Perfect timing – these school holidays I am determined to get us all outside and playing and experiencing our local natural environment everyday so I am definately in need of tips!

  4. For my daughter’s 9th birthday this past weekend we made a human sized board game with sidewalk chalk on our driveway. We did the shape of a 9 but you could do anything – square, circle, figure 8, snake or whatever you wanted. Each space had something to do in it – spin in a circle 3x, sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes until your next turn, the quiet corner, hop ahead 3 spaces, draw a monster, stopped to smell the flowers miss a turn, stand on 1 foot til your next turn. This was a huge hit! Over the next few days we had friends over from out of town and others come to visit and everone played this game – over and over. Ohh, I put numbers on the sides of a large diaper box as the dice. Rolling this large dice was a huge fun factor.

  5. Thank you for linking back to my list of 20 ideas. With our lists combined, there’s tons to do outside. I especially love your painting on windows idea. My boys will love that!

  6. Perfect List!

  7. We are doing a 30 day outside play challenge for the month of April! Here are some more fun ideas to do outside!

  8. Karina Poe says:

    I think a good way to get your kids to go outside is to tell them can have candy if they go outside


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