9 Fun Outdoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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When my kids were toddlers, one of the ways I stayed sane was to get all of us outside as much as possible.
Sometimes that meant walks to the library in the double stroller, and other times it meant driving to one of our favorite parks first thing in the morning, before it got too hot.
And sometimes it just meant hanging out in our yard and driveway.
Here are 9 ways for you and your kids to stay home and still enjoy the outdoors.
Most of these activities involve very few materials. None of them are expensive, nor do they require any specific skills.
Puffy Paint is always a huge hit with the kids. It's easy to make, and you probably already have most of the materials you need.
* Shaving cream
* White glue
* Resealable Bags
* Food Coloring
* Card Stock
Making these Simple Homemade Bird Feeders is the ideal way to introduce young children to watching and feeding the birds in their garden.
This is definitely an activity that requires adult assistance.
And of course, please do not make them if you child is allergic to peanuts.
* Cardboard tube (like a clean toilet paper roll)
* Peanut butter
* Bird seed
* Bamboo skewer
* Butter knife
This Sidewalk Chalk Paint is easy and inexpensive to make -- and it will keep your kids entertained outside for hours!
* Food coloring
* Muffin Tin
* Paint brush
This Disney in Ice Activity is sensory as well as play-based, but it is also a STEM activity (meaning that it involves science, technology, engineering, and math).
* Disney figurines (or any other figurines)
* Small storage bowls
* Eye droppers
* Water blaster
* Measuring cups
Making an Outdoor Obstacle Course with Sidewalk Chalk is an activity that helps toddlers and preschoolers work on their gross motor skills.
Even better -- it requires almost no prep work and all you need is chalk!
I know you must have an empty box in your house -- and it probably has the word "Prime" on it.
Why not put that box to good use and create this Sensory Bean Box? It's an activity that your child will enjoy for hours.
* Box or bin
* Dried beans, uncooked rice, large beads, rocks, sand, etc
* Construction vehicles
This Homemade Ladybug Catche
r is an easy kids craft to make with your preschoolers to encourage them to get outside, look for bugs, and explore in the garden!
* Glass jar with lid
* Acrylic paint (red and black)
* Paint brush
* Googly eyes
* Black chenille stem
* Hot glue gun and glue
* Black permanent marker
This Animal Washing Station is seriously such a simple activity to do with your toddler outdoors, and enjoy some fun fine motor and sensory play.
* Animal figurines
* Three bins or containers
* Pouring cups (optional)
* Tongs (optional)
* Chalk (optional)
* Scrub brush (optional)
This Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction is fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids.
It's a good activity to do outdoors so you don't have a huge mess to clean up when you're finished!
* Baking soda
* Dark blue food coloring
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