Keeping kids happy and busy at home can be such a challenge! On beautiful days, do you find that your children run out of ideas for things to play in the backyard? If so, this list of 50+ fun backyard activities for kids is for you!
When your kids are stuck at home for several days in a row, it’s always a good idea to have a great list of activities for kids at home ready for the inevitable announcement of “I’m bored!”
With this long list, your children are sure to find several things they’d enjoy doing outside in their own backyard. And one thing I’ve found is, when it comes to spending days on end at home, the best strategy is to spend as much time as possible outside.
When kids can get active outside they’ll sleep better that night, eat better at dinner, and generally be in a more pleasant mood. And I know, at least for this Mama, I’ll also have those same perks!
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Some times all your kids need is a ball or a fun outdoor toy to stay occupied for hours, but other times they might need some suggestions of other activities they can try.
Get those kids outside and active with this list of backyard activities for kids. Give them space to run and play, let them be as loud as they want and get all that excess energy burned up!
I’m especially a fan of the outdoor art activities, since I’ll all for keeping the mess of art out of my house! But, I also love the really active activity ideas in this list, because I know the more active my kids are, the easier bedtime will be!
While your kids are playing outside, if you have a trampoline, these 45 awesome trampoline games are another great way to keep your kids active.
Build a Nerf War Battlefield in your own backyard, it’s not as hard as you think and it is a great upcycle and engineering challenge for kids. Not to mention the hours of play that will follow once it’s constructed.
This super fun Color Nature Scavenger Hunt is perfect for sunny days. Preschoolers and toddlers and big kids too, will all have a field day collecting their pieces of nature and matching them to the colors on the printable scavenger hunt sheet. Ready, set, go!
Let's go on a bug hunt! Get the kids ready for an outdoor bug adventure this Spring with our free printable bug scavenger hunt. What could be better than grabbing a magnifying glass and our bug scavenger hunt and heading out to explore.
Even when you have little kids around, like toddlers and preschoolers, who are still too young to read, you can use photo scavenger hunt. They will love to play backyard photo scavenger hunt and get necessary movement in close proximity to home!
One scavenger hunt printable is a classic checklist where your kids mark off each bug they find. The second scavenger hunt is one you cut up and hide the bug photos around your home or yard for your kids to find.
Science and magnetic play will have your kids intrigued!
Arts and Crafts
There are so many fun arts and crafts activities your kids can enjoy while outside- and the bonus is that it keeps the mess outside with them! They'll also enjoy fun backyard art activities that use things they can find outside.