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Outdoor Games, Crafts & Nature Activities for Kids

Spring is coming!  It is — I promise 🙂

So today we have an awesome list of outdoor activities, nature crafts and games — 50 ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Because with Spring comes that super nice weather (not too cold, not too hot), those perfect days when we can open the windows, listen to the birds and feel those gentle breezes.

It’s a time to toss the kids outside for so many of those fun things to do in the Spring — watch them run through the yard, climb a tree, chase bugs and explore nature!


Outdoor Activities, Games & Nature Crafts

It’s time to reconnect the kids with the great outdoors! 

And we have the ultimate list of fun ways to create & explore outside — try an old favorite or enjoy some new activities.  We’re including links to games and printables along with a few affiliate links to items we love to have around for outdoor play!


Fun Ways to Play Outside

Roll down a hill!

Participate in an Outdoor Play Challenge — free printable calendar & ideas to try! {Building Blocks & Acorns}

Create a Spring Bucket list (or just print off this one!)

Use these free printable activity slips to Make an Outdoor Play Jar {Kitchen Counter Chronicles}

Look for Animal Shapes in the Clouds {Mother Natured}

Go on a bug hunt with this free printable

Build with Mud {Planet Smartypants}

Learn to play Disc Golf {Kids Creative Chaos}

Or try a totally new game — how about Boochie Ball ?!

Take a walk in the rain & splash through puddles!

Make a Fairy House {Red Ted Art}

Take a Springtime Seed Hunt {One Time Through}

Heading to the park?  Here are 30 Fun Games to Play at the Park

Play Nature Tic-Tac-Toe {Fireflies & Mudpies}

Create Leaf Art {Hodge Podge Craft}

Learn the Art & Science of Leaf Rubbings

Try these 40 Great Nature Activities too!


Awesome outdoor activities, games and nature crafts for kids!

Nature Crafts

Create a Spring Nature Collage {Artsy Momma}

Paint with Nature Items {Danya Banya}

Make Your Own Terrarium {Mother Natured}

Create Rock Designs with this unique craft

Painting using Natural Items – very cool! {Mini Monets & Mommies}

Make your own Nature Wand {Sun Hats & Wellie Boots}

Get creative and make Stick People {Danya Banya}

Paint Stick Trees

Author your own “Spring is … ” photo book {One Time Through}

Make a Nature Bracelet {Kid World Citizen}

DIY Leaf Stamped Shirt {Fireflies & Mudpies}

Make Leaf Prints


Awesome outdoor activities, games and nature crafts for kids!

Scavenger Hunts

I love heading out on scavenger hunts! 

And these are some super ideas — just print & go for some easy outdoor adventures.

Learn what’s happening with the change of the season on this Early Spring Scavenger Hunt

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt {Fantastic Fun & Learning}

Take a 5 Senses Walk {Kitchen Floor Crafts}

Send the kids on a Spring Break Scavenger Hunt {The Joy of Boys}

Spring Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers {Adventure in a Box}

Head out on a Photo Scavenger Hunt {The Chirping Moms}

Go on an Eye Spy Nature Hunt – great for woodland settings {The Joy of Boys}

I love this idea of a Muffin Tin Hunt for Spring {Mama. Papa. Bubba.}

Draw what you see with this Outdoor Nature Sketch Scavenger Hunt {Buggy & Buddy}

Enjoy this Sights, Sounds & Senses Scavenger Hunt {The Jenny Evolution}

PLUS here are 17 free Spring Scavenger Hunts to choose from!


Nature Play for the Backyard

Awesome Ideas for the Backyard

Inspire outdoor exploration with these cool kid-size Outdoor Science Tools

Create a Discovery Garden for Kids {Barefeet on the Dashboard}

Make an Outdoor Clock {Sun Hats & Wellie Boots}

Turn your Backyard into a Science Lab with these 20 easy experiments!

Create a Nature-inspired Play Pit {Building Blocks & Acorns}

Have a Spring Sensory Outdoor Playdate {All Done Monkey}

Build your own Fairy Village in a pot {Mama Smiles}

DIY Outdoor Magnet Board {Something 2 Offer}

Make a set of Natural Wood Blocks {How Wee Learn}


Fun Things to do with the Kids

Be sure to browse 101 Fun Things to do with the Kids this Spring for more inspiration (plus a free printable list you can hand on the fridge too!)



Head over and check out these other AWESOME ideas for Spring!



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