12 Outdoor Learning Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers

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After a lot of snow and record low temperatures this winter, I am definitely ready for spring and summer! Now that I am home full-time with the kids, I am hoping to try some fun outdoor learning activities with them when the warmer weather finally arrives. It is much more fun for all of us to have them learn through play!

And as cabin fever sets in, I can’t help but dream of spending more time outside with the kids! We spent a lot of time outdoors last spring and summer, but I wasn’t very creative with how we spent our time. We typically either played in the sprinklers or with sidewalk chalk. As the kids get older, I think they’d enjoy a little more variety! I probably would too!


 

So I decided to compile and share this list of creative outdoor learning activities that I’m hoping we’ll be able to do soon! A girl can dream, right?

If you liked my toddler clothespin activity post, Halloween party game post, and New Year’s Eve with kids post, then you’ll enjoy this round up of fun outdoor learning activities for toddlers and preschoolers from amazing Kid Blogger Network blogs! I’m sure a lot of you are getting antsy and ready for warmer weather, so I’m hoping these ideas will give you a little something to look forward to.

2 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - So many great ideas to try during spring and summer! I love the printable from #6! - www.MePlus3Today.com

 

12 Outdoor Learning Activities for Preschoolers & Toddlers

 

12 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - So many great ideas to try this spring & summer! Love the printables from #6! - www.MePlus3Today.com

1) Gross Motor: Number Recognition Play – A fun and active way to work on number recognition and counting.

2) Color Hop Recognition Game for Toddlers – Learn colors along with developing gross motor skills.

3) Garden ABC Letter Hunt – A great way to get kids moving while learning the letters of the alphabet. Find foam letters for your hunt here.

4) Rock Message Act of Kindness – Teach children about Random Acts of Kindness with this idea that I posted last spring.

12 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - So many great ideas to try this spring & summer! Love the printables from #6! - www.MePlus3Today.com

5) Muffin Tin Spring Nature Hunt – This nature hunt will teach kids about more elements of the outdoors.

6) Spring Scavenger Hunt – The printable makes this activity low prep!

7) Tree Scavenger Hunt – This is a great way for kids (and even parents!) to learn about the trees in your own yard or a local park.

8) Springtime Seed Hunt – This activity can help teach kids about how plants grow, as well as make them more observant of their surroundings. Find the mini-jars with a cork top here. 

12 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - So many great ideas to try this spring & summer! Love the printables from #6! - www.MePlus3Today.com

9) Nature Letters – Another hands-on method to learn the letters of the alphabet. Using all your senses is a great way to learn.

10) DIY Outdoor Letter Line – Not only does this activity include letter recognition, but it also helps children learn the order of the alphabet.

11) Getting Ready to Garden with Kids – I am not much of a gardener, but I like the idea of trying to grow something with the kids. We attempted something last summer that didn’t turn out too well, but we’ll try again this year!

12) Spray Bottle Painting – This activity is a fun way to work on fine motor skills, which are important when learning to write. Get spray bottles here. 

2 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - So many great ideas to try during spring and summer! I love the printable from #6! - www.MePlus3Today.com


I can’t wait to try these ideas! Spring can’t come soon enough for me!

So tell me, how do you bring learning outdoors for your children?

 

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bluecottonmemory
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Wonderful ideas! I’m going to store these away for when my granddaughter comes over!!

Rebecca Parsons
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Some great ideas, I am so ready for the spring weather to try them.

John Thuku
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Fantastic ideas. I can’t wait to try them out.

Sarah Hirsch
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these look like fun things to do!

Laura Kilby
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The colour hop recognition game is a great idea!

Darlene Wright
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Nice ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

John C
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Thanks for sharing!

barnolds barnes
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Thanks pinned several for when it stops being so snowy!

FashionelleStudio
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Great ideas for outdoor activities for kids!

Lyndsey
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Great ideas! Thanks for posting!

Faith B
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Great ideas for when it’s warm again

Lisa Coomer Queen
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These are great! My grandchildren are so ready to be outside and these activities look great!

M.Clark
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I love that list of spring outdoor learning activities, it’s always nice to find new ways to keep children occupied. Thank you for sharing this post.

Beth
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Awesome outdoor learning activities. So fun!

Kim W
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I love your ideas, thanks for sharing

lovely joy merced
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looks fun! the kids will be happy with these activities!

Nikolina
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Enjoyed your ideas, not all of us have much imagination… lol thank you1

Heather McCully
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Great list of ideas….bring on Spring!

RANDY FULGHAM
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these are swell ideas for outdoor activities

Michelle Kafka
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Fabulous ideas. I like the treasure/scavenger hunts best.

Leah
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Scavenger hunts with kids are always fun! If they are too young to read, you can use pictures.

Melissa
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Fantastic ideas for incorporating art and nature!!

Natalie Brown
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These are fun ideas. I especially like the number recognition activity. Thanks!!

Sandy Klocinski
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Great ideas! I can’t wait to try them! Thanks!

Sherry
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Thanks for the great ideas!

Mohan Vyas
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Great Ideas will try them

veronica lee
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Fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Arra
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wow the ideas are so cool 🙂 I could try some for the kids at home 🙂 yey

Jenn
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these are great ideas! Scavenger Hunts are always a hit in our household!

Mai T.
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Muffin Tin Spring Nature Hunt is sure what my kids would be excited about!

Alvin
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Some cool and great ideas here

Jessica
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great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

S.J. Hardin
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This is my comment. It’s pretty sweet, don’t you think? 🙂

Tricia Hope
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What great ideas especially for toddlers!Thanks for sharing!

Michelle
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The scavenger hunt is adorable!

me
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I’ll have to play with my little ones!

Theresa Smith
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My granddaughter is only five years old but I think she would like both scavenger hunts.

Rosey
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I think I’d like to try the Nature Letters. That’s a good excuse to get outside with the kids too. 🙂

Betsy Barnes
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These are great ideas! My son loved being outdoors when he was younger, he still does. We used to take lots of nature walks, he loved collecting things for art and crafts. 🙂

anita
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These are such fun craft activities with the family.

Suzanne
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Thanks so much for including our spray bottle painting. You’ve got a fabulous resource here. I’ll be sharing these!

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