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Nature-Focused Outdoor Activities For Kids

Updated on July 26, 2017

Back-To-Nature . . . Fun Outdoor Activities For Kids

When it comes to outdoor activities for kids, there are a ton of things to do. But let me share this:

When I was young, especially in the summers, or on warm non-school days, there were many times when my sister and I played outside almost all day. Sure, chores had to be attended to first, but once they were done, we always found something to do outdoors. Whether it was in the park near our apartment in the big city or in the fields near our grandparents house in the south . . . outdoors was the place to be. And it just wasn't play . . . it was exploration, discovery and wonder.

Sadly, most children these days don't get to do that . . . and they're missing out. Not just on exercise and fresh air but a true appreciation for nature and our environment.

Here are five nature-focused outdoor activities for kids they'll have a blast with . . .

A "Nature" Scavenger Hunt - Outdoor Activities For Kids . . . That Gives Them An Eye For Detail

Give children a digital camera and send them on a hunt for all things "nature.' Depending on your locale, your list can contain items like dandelions, worms, a maple leaf, and a ladybug and so on. You can adjust the list of items to hunt for to the age of your children.

If digital camera skills are beyond your little ones, then give them a pad of paper and a pencil so they can check off the items they find.

Kids Digital Camera For Capturing Their Finds

VTech Kidizoom Duo Selfie Camera, Amazon Exclusive, Blue
VTech Kidizoom Duo Selfie Camera, Amazon Exclusive, Blue
Kids will love this VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera with dual lenses (front and back), 4x digital zoom, built-in auto flash, and even a voice recorder.

Nature Rubbings

Outdoor Activities For Kids . . . That Sparks Creativity

Nature rubbings are one way for children to combine their artistic voice and an exploration of nature. All you need are some non-toxic crayons with the paper peeled off so children can use them sideways, paper, a hard surface and a bit of nature.

Place the item to be explored, like a leaf or a flower, under the paper and on top of the hard, smooth, surface; then rub the crayon over the top of the paper. The image will come through. Children can create amazing masterpieces by rubbing a number of items on one page or they can add their own personal touches.

For Works of Art - Display Your Children's Nature Art

Li'l DAVINCI Art Frames: Front-Opening, EZ Store Wooden Frames That Allow You to Hold up to 50 Items in Each! (Black, 8.5 x 11)
Li'l DAVINCI Art Frames: Front-Opening, EZ Store Wooden Frames That Allow You to Hold up to 50 Items in Each! (Black, 8.5 x 11)
Proudly display and archive your child's artwork in an instant. This unique art cabinet will display and store 50 cherished masterpieces. Simply lift the latch to open the door, push the artwork into the spring-loaded pocket, re-latch the glass door, and your display is instantly refreshed! Their older creations are stored behind their newest artistic endeavor. Proudly display each new (8.5" x 11" paper size) masterpiece with the greatest of ease and elegance!

Watching Bugs - Outdoor Activities For Kids . . . That Helps Them Learn About Community

Butterflies, ants and fireflies are fantastic to watch and children, for some crazy reason, like bugs.

Children can learn about what bugs eat, how they interact and communicate with each other and how they benefit nature. There many opportunities for kids to learn about the cycle of life.

What Kids Want To Know About Bugs! - Pair This With Some Outdoor Activities For Kids

Everything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know about Bugs (Kids' FAQs)
Everything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know about Bugs (Kids' FAQs)
Reviewer's comment: "Some kids only go to science books when they have to write a report. EVERYTHING BUG makes reading non-fiction fun! (My daughter took it to the couch and just read it because it was so captivating). The beautiful, enticing photos combine with the lively writing to make a fabulous read for anyone (current bug enthusiast or future one). It's not intimidating like some non-fiction. Just pop it open anywhere and find something fascinating. A great way to excite kids about reading science!" ~ Wendi Silvano (Grand Junction, CO)

Rock Painting

Outdoor Activities For Kids . . . That Develops Their Imaginations

Some of you may remember those quirky "Pet Rocks" sold back in the 1970s. Well, you can turn that idea into a great outdoor activity.

Using non-toxic and environmentally safe paint, children can paint their favorite rock to look like a dog, cow, pig, monkey or whatever their favorite animal is. They can gather a collection of rocks and paint a whole zoo or barnyard.

To keep mess at bay, lay out a piece of newspaper on the ground and let children create their masterpieces outside where it doesn't matter as much if they spill the paint.

Bird-Watching or Star-Gazing - Outdoor Activities For Kids . . . That Causes Them To Look UP & Wonder

Depending on where you live, looking up at the sky can fill hours of time and when you make it active, by looking for specific birds, bird habitats, constellations or planets, children learn and have fun. These outdoor activities can be enhanced with a telescope or binoculars, but they can also be accomplished with the naked eye.

Have a book on birds or constellations on-hand and watch the fun.

There are so many amazing things

for children to enjoy and explore outdoors and most of them are completely eco-friendly.

Take the time to teach your children to appreciate nature and they'll grow with an appreciation for the planet we live on.

What Will I Discover Today?

What Will I Discover Today?
What Will I Discover Today?

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      10 years ago

      Great lens and another of your master pieces. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and on Early Childhood Abilities Encouraged

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      Kimberly Napper 

      10 years ago from U.S.

      Beautiful lens, with great ideas. Linking this lens on my Origami page through lensroll and discovery.

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      11 years ago from Croatia

      Love your suggestions! Blessed by an Angel!

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      11 years ago

      I love Children and Parenting lenses like this! The Art Cabinet looks great. SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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      11 years ago

      Wonderful ideas, Dee!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      11 years ago from United States

      These are all wonderful suggestions! This lens reminds me of some great memories with my children when they were little. In addition to doing all of the above, my luna moth loving son used to help me plant flowers too. 11 years later, his morning glories are still blooming in my backyard. This lens gets my "most excellent" stamp!

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      Seeking Pearls 

      11 years ago from Pueblo West

      I completely agree with you on getting the kids outside to enjoy nature. Your ideas are put together so nicely. Beautiful Work!


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