The Fall is a great time to get outside and for outdoor activities for kids. These are some of our favorite outdoor activities for kids that promote specific skills as well as fun. Click on the images or the activity title for more details about each activity.
Outdoor Activities For Kids That Promote Literacy Skills
Sight Word Hunt
Read & Draw Picnic – Great for the weekend!
Outdoor Activities For Kids That Promote Fine Motor Skills
Nature Cutting – take those scissors outside, this would be fun with leaves… oh hey maybe I’ll post about that?!
Natural Rainbow – you could make these with beautiful fall leaves instead of flowers.
Painting Rocks – Use small paintbrushes too!
Spray Painting – This helps build hand strength!
Twing and Bead Fairy Wands – I bet this will encourage pretend play too!
Classic Outdoor Activities That Promote Social-Emotional and Problem Solving Skills
Red Light Green Light. Oh, I love this game, I love how it teaches self-control, I love its ability to burn off energy, and I love the giggles it creates too. You don’t need a huge space for this game, and it’s fun to play with the whole class or just your child at home.
Hide and Seek Yes this teaches patience and forces children to listen and observe. Set the boundaries clearly before playing. Also, for many of you teachers, this will not be permitted by most schools, so this is best at home!
Climb a Tree not many other outdoor activities can work on problem-solving the way climbing a tree can. Kids must plan out their route, and handle problems such as branches that are just not low enough.
Listening Walks are no cost, low stress, and don’t just help children learn to listen and be mindful; they also help kids learn about their neighborhood. What are normal sounds, what are scary ones? These walks are wonderful, especially during busy and stressful times like at the start of a new school year.