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15 Fun Outdoor Activities Kids Should Be Doing

It can be an uphill battle to try and encourage your children to spend more time in the outdoors and less time inside watching TV or playing games on their tablets. There are numerous benefits linked to engaging in outdoor activities for children and adults alike. Have a look at these simple outdoor activities for children to encourage them to spend more time outside without having to break the bank. And remember, the key thing here is to have fun.

15 Fun Outdoor Activities Kids Should Be Doing

Make your own play area outside

By making your own designated play area in your backyard, you can make it just as fun and thrilling for your kids to play at home, as opposed to heading out to a special area. You can build a tree house, sandbox, swings, and hammocks to promote sensory play and exploration for kids, right at your back door.

Give rockhounding a try

If your children love to dig in the dirt, rockhounding is an excellent way for them to practice amateur geology. This is a fun method for families to spend more time together in the outdoors. This activity entails collecting rocks, petrified wood, mineral specimens, invertebrate fossils, and semi-precious gems from the earth. When you are taking a detour or heading out on a road trip or spending the day at the beach, get them to dig for gems, seashells, and rocks.

Spend some time near water

Aquatic environments can open a treasure cove filled with experiences your children might not have had a chance to explore yet. They can be intruded to new scents, textures and sounds and learn more about the environment. You can get them to look for seashells or other ocean fortunes that they can use to decorate their sandcastles with. 

Have a family picnic

You do not have to do this summertime activity in the park. You can have a picnic in your backyard. Make up a picnic basket filled with sandwiches, Cooldrinks, potato chips and fruit and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as a family on your lawn. There are some very easy salad recipes too that you can use. Soak up some vitamin D and breathe in the fresh outdoor air. 


An excellent outdoor activity for the entire family, is biking. When biking with children who have not learned how to ride yet, you can use rear or front-mounted seats. For children who choose to be more independent, you can invest in a bike or scooter. Shop around to find the best kids scooter or bike suitable for your child’s age and ensure they wear the appropriate safety equipment.

Siblings Riding Scooters

Organize a treasure hunt

Children love a good old fashion treasure hunt. You can buy small and inexpensive store treasures and jewels and hide them all over in the back garden. Draw your own treasure map with clues and directions for kids to find them. To give your map an older and more authentic look, you can soak it in coffee to brown and tear the edges while it is still wet. 

Go hiking

There is nothing better than embarking on a family adventure in the outdoors. Hiking is an ideal way for family bonding, and you can make the hike more interesting for the kids by teaching them more about the different tree, plant and insect species that you come across along the way. If you have a little one in the household, you can check out the hundreds of strollers on to find one that suits your requirements best. The fun can continue when arriving back home. You can do some scrapbooking with some of the treasures you have collected (leaves, twigs, flowers) and photos that you have taken to retain memories of the outing. 

Set up camp in your backyard

If your family enjoys camping but the woods might be a tad too adventurous for the smaller members in your family, then you can bring the outdoors to your backyard. Backyard camping provides tons of fun without the accompanying hassle. You do not have to feel apprehension about your kids getting scared or homesick. This is an excellent way of getting your little ones acquainted with camping, but in a familiar setting.

Do some stargazing

Choose a spot in the yard where you have an unobstructed view of the skies and watch how it changes every night. Did you know that some fresh air before bedtime can promote better sleep? You can download a star chart from the web with useful information about the different stars and constellations. 

Gather leaves for creating artwork

Gathering fallen leaves in the backyard or at a local park can be used for creating unique artwork. The leaves can be laid on paper and the side of a crayon rubbed over it to create a silhouette. The leaves can be painted as well to use as homemade stamps.

Kid picking leaves

Do some arts and crafts

Kids adore doing arts and crafts, but things tend to be quite messy. Doing some crafts outside is a fun activity for everyone without the tidying up. You can also pick up rocks and paint them with water colours and decorate your garden.

Backyard bowling

You can make a makeshift alley and practice your bowling by using cans or bottles and a semi-heavy ball. This activity is also beneficial for enhancing your children’s bowling skills.

Teach them how to play hopscotch

If you are looking for a solitary outdoor game that your kids can play outside, then hopscotch is the perfect activity for keeping them entertained. All you need is some coloured chalk to draw a large hopscotch path. You can add more fun by changing the shape of the traditional squares into fish, cars, butterflies, and other exciting designs.

Make your own obstacle course in the backyard

You can make a great obstacle course with supplies that you already have in and around the home. Make the obstacles according to your children’s age groups and size. Kids will have hours of fun, crawling through or jumping over hurdles while enhancing their agility at the same time. You can also host competition or relay races as a fun outdoor activity for kid’s parties.

Have some fun with tie dye

Tie dye is another fun activity which is creative too. Your kids will have endless fun creating socks, shirts, pillowcases and even blankets with this technique. 


There are so many outdoor activities that you can do with your kids to keep them entertained and healthy while bonding as a family. And most activities can be done without costing you a fortune. Spending time in the outdoors have many benefits for emotional and physical well-being. In these modern times, kids spend so much time stuck indoors with their smartphones, television, and other gadgets. Exposure to the outdoors can better assist with shaping their personalities and promote development of vital social skills. It is an excellent way of developing life skills. 

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  1. Very useful tips,and very fun.

  2. Amelia-Amy Japhtha

    Truly Amazing! I love it!

  3. It is really essential that kids spend time outdoors participating in physical activities. This augurs well for their overall development. You have listed out some really engaging and healthy outdoor activities for kids. Nice to see activities like an outdoor picnic and treasure hunt which is not only good for kids but provides for healthy and quality family interaction too.

    • Some great ideas…have done some and sure to do more…keeping kids entertained is a full time occupation. I like these activities as most don’t require much planning or resources and they can be repeated. Kids wouldn’t mind any number of treasure hunts and picnics.

      • Lynne Huysamen

        That’s exactly it – these are what we should be focusing on rather than screen time activities!

  4. Hi Lynne. I love this article and especially because it involves outdoor activities which is so important for kids. I like the leave gathering it’s a very cute and fun idea!

  5. I have so many amazing memories of doing treasure hunts with my brother and cousin when we were kids! They were so much fun! These are all great outdoor activities, i just wish it were a little warmer here today so we could spend more time outside.

  6. Gosh! I wish I could do all these now! I don’t know when we’ll ever get to go outside freely again with the current situation still raging on! I feel nostalgic for all the times we’ve enjoyed these activities Lynne. Great list and most enjoyable not just for kids but also for adults!

    • Lynne Huysamen

      I couldn’t agree with you more Vidya – we live right on the beach, we can walk out our back door and onto the beach but all our beaches are closed until further notice! Have faith that it will happen though, not any time soon but it will happen.

  7. Tersia Bredenhand

    I LOVE THIS. Awesome tips. Thank you

  8. Emma-Leigh Stringer

    Such awesome ideas

  9. What an awesome post. Definitely perfect for me right now, with a busy four year old boy. Thank you

  10. Absolutely agree. A few nice reminders too!!!!!

  11. Thank you for these tips my daughter is an outdoor child and I will definitely try it

  12. i don’t have kids yet but this will really help in the future especially since my wife is very active???

  13. Very useful.

  14. These are great ideas

  15. Such fun ideas!

  16. Love this!! Kids love to just be outside and this makes playtime 100 times more fun!!

  17. Thank you, new mum and this makes motherhood so easy ❤️

  18. Thank you for this! I’m definitely going to implement this during lockdown for the kids ♥️

  19. Great ideas. Thank you

  20. Such fun ideas. Love the idea of burying rocks to dig up!

  21. Love all these ideas.Fantastic!

  22. These are great tips!! My daughter is so glued to our cellphones and you tube video’s. Because she is always bored. But family time is very important! Especially bonding with the kids 🙂

  23. Some lovely ideas thank you

  24. These are great Ideas, I know its really important for kids to play outside but I some how slipped into being a mom that prefers you play inside. But this post makes me realize how important it is.

  25. My boy love playing outside. Thanks for the lovely ideas to do with him.

  26. Really great suggestions. Thanks for the article.

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