20 Nature Activities for Kids to Do Outside

Looking for a fun craft or activity to add to your homeschool day? You’re in luck with these 20 nature activities for kids to do outside.

With the weather finally starting to warm up again, I’m always looking for new ways to get my kids outside and exploring nature!

There are so many great nature activities for kids that will encourage them to play outside more and have fun learning about nature in the process! All of these activities work for kids of any age, so you can easily adapt them to whatever age your child is!

Whether you’re looking for a fun craft or an educational activity to add to your homeschool lesson plan, you’re bound to find the perfect fit here! Here are 20 fun and creative activities to get your kids outdoors.

Outdoor activities for kids

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Fun Nature Activities for Kids to Get Outdoors

As the days get a longer and a little bit warmer, it’s the perfect time for some nature activities to get the kids out of the house and out into the sunshine.

So I’ve pulled together 20 activities to give you some outdoor fun ideas that don’t require an exotic location or a mountain of expensive supplies. More than likely, you already have everything you need for an afternoon of crafting and enjoying nature.

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

It’s best to make getting outside easy and fun, for everyone. That’s why I made this Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt, so even if you in a city, you can get the kids outside and looking for nature all around them.

Take a walk and see what all you can find.

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Make a Wind Catcher

This wind catcher from Inspiration Laboratories is such a fun and easy activity. Just walk into your backyard or take a walk through the woods to find everything you need.

wind catcher

Zentangle Rocks 

Here’s a nature activity even my teenagers would enjoy! From Edventures With Kids, these zentangle rocks are a colorful idea. And if finding the right rocks isn’t easy where you live, you can grab a bag from Amazon.

Nature Activities for kids Painted zentangle rocks

DIY Outdoor Memory Match Game

My little guy loves a memory game, and this creative option from Rhythms of Play would really make him happy. Plus, wouldn’t every child love to find all the goodies and surprise mom and dad with what they found.

Once you have the boxes, you could use this for so many games. Add colors or letters to each box for a different memory game.

diy nature memory matching game

Nature Collage Suncatcher 

I love these nature collages from Hands On As We Grow because once your child finishes, they will be excited to display it in the window for everyone to see. It also uses simple items you may already have around the house.

Nature collage for kids

Math Patterns in Nature

What is it about little kids that makes them love to find a pattern? This idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons is great because it will also get them searching for the next item. You need a pinecone, then go find it. Hide and seek with math thrown in.

math patterns in nature

Giant-Sized Rhyming Memory Game

A fun idea that would be great for an outdoor party or homeschool park day, this super-sized memory game of rhyming words from Growing Book by Book will have the kids in the fresh air while working on their phonics skills. 

Rhyming Memory Game

Nature Weaving 

From The Chaos and The Clutter, this nature weaving project is another one that requires little in the way of supplies other than what you find in the backyard. Perfect for when you need an idea quick and don’t have time for a trip to the store.

Maple Tree Helicopter Seed Dragonfly Craft 

As a child, it was always thrilling to throw a maple seed into the air and watch it spiral down. Actually, it still is. So how could I not love these adorable maple seed dragonflies from Buggy and Buddy?

Scavenger Hunt with Sensory Card 

To really get your children exploring in nature, create this sensory scavenger hunt from Rhythms of Play. They’ll be searching and exploring to find matches to every item.

How to Make a Roly Poly Habitat 

Roly-Polies are also so fun for a child. It’s exciting to see them roll up and then patiently wait to see if they open up again. Fantastic Fun and Learning shows you how to make a roly-poly habitat so you can always have fun watching them roll into a ball.

Roly Poly Habitat

Finding Symmetry in Nature

Buggy and Buddy has a beautiful and artistic way to explore symmetry with solar paper.

Symmetry in nature

Teach Tally Marks

The Educators’ Spin On It has a fun idea for using sticks to teach the math concept of tally marks. Perfect for that day when everyone just needs to get outside.

Teach tally marks with sticks, number 10 is two sets of 5 tally marks.

Number Rocks 

This cute number rocks idea is from Fun-A-Day, and can serve two purposes: an art project for your older kids and an learning activity for the younger ones.

number rocks

Color Matching Nature Walk

When you at the home improvement store getting ready for spring, grab a few paint cards and have your kids see if they can find a match in nature. Thanks, Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Preschool Science-Colo Matching Nature Walk

Growing Mushrooms 

We live where it’s humid, so I’m always excited when after the rain we have mushrooms popping up. But don’t try to eat those! Instead, watch some mushrooms grow inside with a mushroom growing kit. Teach Beside Me has everything you need to know about growing some mushrooms at home.

growing mushrooms

Mud Soup

I know this one isn’t for everyone, but if you can stand it, I’m sure the kids would have a blast making mud soup. No Time for Flashcards has this messy idea that only requires a few containers and some water for an afternoon of nature fun.

kids mud soup

Nature Mason Jars 

I knew I should have bought that case of mason jars at the thrift store the other day! My little guy would love creating these nature mason jars from No Time for Flashcards.

kids mason jar

Nature Kites Science Activity

Fantastic Fun and Learning has a great idea her kids inspired by tying a string to different natural objects and seeing which would make the best kite.

Painted Walking Sticks

Kids always love a good stick, much like they love a good rock! My youngest even loves to scrape all the bark off of his prized sticks, which would make them perfect for this project from Hands On As We Grow. Take those bare sticks and turn them into artistic creations for your next hike.

painted walking sticks

Fun Nature Activities for Kids

What I love about all these fun nature activities for kids is that they don’t require exotic locations or expensive gear. Just rummage through your kitchen and head out to the backyard.

Homeschooling at its best!

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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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