10 Simple Activities to Entertain Kids in the Backyard
With the weather warming up outside my kids and I both enjoy being outside! That said, there are times when I have to encourage them to stay outside. Remember our Boredom Buster Dice? We made a new one full of activities they can do outside.
Whenever they complain, “Mom, but I don’t want to ride my scooter – I wanna come inside.” We roll the dice and see what fun activity we get to do together. Here are just a few of the activities the kids and I thought of to put on our outside dice. Do you have any ideas to add?
Activities to Entertain Kids in the Backyard
- Go on a Nature Hunt. Can you find 10 living and 10 non-living things?
- Race, play Red Light, Green Light or do Basketball suicides. We have even played fetch, where I throw a ball or another toy and the kids race to see who can get it first.
- Make a mini-pool out of a tupperware tub. This is by far one of their favorite activities. We’ll fill a shallow tub with water and as it is Spring and too cool for true swimming, the kids get to practice pouring and dumping all with minimum mess/wetness.
- Make and play with Moon Sand. Another favorite activity we use with a tupperware tub to help contain the spread of the sand.
- Try one of these super fun sidewalk chalk games. We love number six!
- Weed the lawn or water the grass. You can use a sprinkler if the weather is balmy, if not give the kids watering cans. Mine enjoy walking around the lawn dumping their water.
- Find and feed the wildlife in your own backyard. That stale bread is good for birds, but also for the bugs! How many different bugs can you find?
- Make mud cakes with old pie tins or try mud painting. We actually have mud clothes set aside for just these activities!
- Fly a kite (or a plastic bag). Kites are great, but plastic bags fly more easily and with less wind.
- Make plant rubbings. Have grass clippings? You have art!
I love the dice idea, and the collection of ideas you have put together. We have just finished school holidays and I had the “I’m bored” comment so often it really frustrated me – maybe I should keep a list of ideas ready to whip out at such times and get me a dice 🙂
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Why do I never think of things like this? This is an awesome idea. Now I must be buy sidewalk chalk!
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Great ideas! My boys have grown up a bit too much, and while they love to be outside, it’s all about sports! I look forward to doing some of these things again with my daughter. 🙂
Glad the snack ideas were helpful at Sugar Tails Recipe Box.
I am SO bookmarking this post – gotta try that moon sand! Thanks for the ideas!
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We have a set of cloth blocks that would be perfect for this. I like how it keeps things simple, especially for preschoolers.
I made a longer list of 69 Ways to Get Outside and Play last year. Your ideas will be great additions. For my 6-year-old, I was thinking of printing all the ideas out, cutting them into strips, and having her draw them out of a jar. Maybe I’ll write a post after we set it up and see how it works.
Another idea I liked recently was creating art with . I hope we can do it soon; we certainly have plenty of “paintbrushes!”
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I am so making this idea for when the grandkid comes to visit! I might even make two diffrent ones. 🙂
Being a mom is awesome? Well so is being a dad, especially when mom isnt around. Really frustrated with all these articles pointing out mother child…Fathers are so not recognized and DO look at these pages.
I am so sorry you feel that way. I am a mom. I have no experience being a dad and have the utmost respect for dads! I can’t imaging my kids life without their dad. Or any kids’ life without a dad. I am so thankful that you are a great dad to your kid. I write from my experience. I also know that 97% of the people that visit this website are women. It is natural to just talk to them. That doesn’t mean I don’t love dads or think they are absolutely necessary. I asked my good friend about this when I started this site. he was a stay at home dad and I was worried I would alienate men by only talking to moms. He laughed at me and said that dads could figure out that I was including them. So that is what has been in my heart. -Holly