How do I entertain my two year old outside? What are some outdoor activities for preschoolers? I've collected 45+ outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers that you will love!
I love to have a list of simple outdoor activities that I can pull together pretty quickly on days when the weather is nice. All of these outdoor activities are easy to set up and use materials you probably already have around your house (or you could get easily).
Easy Outdoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Nothing makes me happier than an organized themed list! These outdoor activities are organized into five different categories so that you can scan the list and find the type of idea that you're looking for.
- Movement activities
- Simple action art
- Sensory play
- Water play
- Science activities
Scroll down to the activity that looks interesting to you and click on the title to head over for the full tutorial! I gathered activity ideas from many of my favorite creative friends for this awesome list of outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers!
Outdoor Movement Ideas
These outdoor movement ideas get kids moving, learning, and building their muscles!
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Nature Hunt by Toddler Approved
Obstacle course by Toddler Approved
Sound Hunt by Toddler Approved
Family Jogging Club by Toddler Approved
Chalk Outdoor Game by Days with Grey
Driveway Shape Maze by Creative Family Fun
Ride Around the Alphabet by Toddler Approved
Toddler Color Hop by Learn Play Imagine
Simple Outdoor Action Art Ideas
Art doesn't have to involve fancy materials or a lot of prep. These quick to set up art ideas help kids explore new materials and processes!
Paint with sticks by Toddler Approved
Splat painting by Toddler Approved
Jackson Pollock Painting by Toddler Approved
Paint with water by Toddler Approved
Paint with water balloons by Toddler Approved
Spray Art by Toddler Approved
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Outdoor Toy Paint by Busy Toddler
Bounce Paint by Days with Grey
Fly Swatter Painting by Play Teach Repeat
Bubble Wrap Foot Stomp Painting by Sunshine Whispers
Window Painting by Mess for Less
Squirt Gun Painting by Toddler Approved
Outdoor Sensory Play Ideas
Sensory play helps kids learn through exploring their five senses. There are so many cool materials that you can introduce to your kids! Here are a few of our favorites.
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Jumbo water beads by Toddler Approved
Outdoor Sticky Mural by I Can Teach My Child
Magic potions by Toddler Approved
Sand volcanoes by Toddler Approved
Trucks and rocks by Toddler Approved
Color Lab by Toddler Approved
Outdoor Tree Bark Rubbings by I Can Teach My Child
Backyard Mud Cafe by The Crafting Chicks
Oobleck Drip Painting by Views from a Step Stool
LEGO I-Spy by Toddler Approved
Make a Giant Foam Sensory Bin by Toddler Approved
Outdoor Water Play Ideas
Water is one of the absolute best play materials! There are so many fun ways to play with water. Here are a few creative ways to use water!
Spray the LEGO by Toddler Approved
Hunt for Gold by Toddler Approved
Water the Alphabet Garden by Toddler Approved
Water Table & Pom Poms by Happy Toddler Playtime
Paint Dyed Water by Busy Toddler
Washing Dishes Water Play by Twin Mom Refreshed
Painting with Water by Happy Hooligans
Alphabet Bug Spray by Toddler Approved
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Outdoor Science Activity Ideas
Science projects are always big hits for toddlers and preschoolers. Take science outside and explore using bubbles, ice, natural materials, and even the sun!
Race Ice Boats by Toddler Approved
Bubble Snakes by Toddler Approved
Make Bubble wands by Toddler Approved
Fizzy Ice Cubes by The Play Based Mom
Giant Bubbles by Happy Hooligans
Frozen Lego by Happy Toddler Playtime
Sink or Float Science by My Bored Toddler
What Melts Ice Faster by Hands On As We Grow
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