“Research has confirmed time and time again that what children are naturally and unabashedly drawn to, unrestricted outside play, contributes to every area of child development. The importance here cannot be overstated and yet we are losing much of our childhood to screens, 1200 hours per year on average.” Ginny Yurich
15 Ideas to Get Your Kids Outside
- Raise butterflies. This will be our third year using insect lore, and we have had so much fun naturally exploring the life cycles of insects as we’ve watched caterpillars turn into butterflies. You don’t have to stop at butterflies however, it looks like they’ve expanded on with ants and ladybugs!
- Grab some magnifying glasses and let your kids go on a insect hunt (don’t forget your bug containers.) This outdoor explorer kit is really cute for younger kids.
- Bundle up and eat a meal outside. If it’s 40 degrees or warmer, you’ll usually find us eating lunch on our back deck!
- Make a DIY birdfeeder using apples or oranges! This would be a really fun activity to do with the neighbors.
- Make some windchimes using sticks, paint, and beads. We made something similar last summer and they are still hanging out in our yard. Another fun play date idea to do with friends!
- Grab a stack of library books, a large blanket, and take your reading time outside.
- Grab some books on seeds, plants, or gardens and do this seed sorting activity. This would be another really fun activity to do with other moms. Let someone be in charge of the books and the others can bring seeds and help out with the seed sorting!
- Grab some clipboards, paper, and pencils and learn how to draw some flowers with your kids!
- Go for a spring nature hike with some friends and try one of these nature scavenger hunts.
- Bubbles or sidewalk chalk! Have a bubble maker? This is a great “last activity” to do outside with all the neighbor kids before everyone heads inside to make dinner.
- Make a homemade kite.
- Make a nature journal and let your kids start a nature collection.
- Build an outdoor kitchen. No really, you can do this and your kids would love it!
- Do an egg hunt in your yard (it doesn’t have to be Easter!)
- Take a walk or ride bikes. For extra fun, get your kids their own umbrellas and rain gear!