15 Preschooler Outdoor Play Ideas

Outdoor play is so important for children of all ages (read here to find out why), and in this mini series of posts I have been running through some varying outdoor play ideas for different age groups of children.  Here I am talking about preschooler outdoor play ideas.  This age group is such fun as they really start to gain a little independence in their mobility, have opinions, and the outdoor adventure could go in any number of directions if you allow them to lead.  These preschooler outdoor play ideas have been successful for us because we have kept them simple and not had high expectations for the trip into the great outdoors 🙂  I hope you enjoy trying them.

Preschooler Outdoor Play Ideas:

  1. Take a walk but let them choose the way and the route and see where you go 🙂  Make sure you allow plenty of time for this…they can not be rushed on this adventure.
  2. Collect Shells.  This they find really interesting.  All the shapes, sizes, and colours.
  3. Plant seeds or grow plants.  Children love to see things growing that they have planted.  Tomatoes are quite good, as you can grow them in pots, they grow quite easily, and then they can eat the the produce too.  We love growing cherry tomatoes.
  4. Go for a star walk.  Head out into the dark (easier in winter) and look at the stars and chat about shapes you can see.
  5. “Paint a fence”.  Fill a bucket with water, give them a brush and they will happily be engrossed “painting” for longer than you think.
  6. Mark a path with sticks.
  7. Make mud pies.
  8. Fly a kite.
  9. Play with toy cars in sand or a sandpit.  Take your indoor cars outdoors and they will love making hills and pits, and roads for the cars.
  10. Make some nature art.  In the photo ours was done on a beach, but you can do this anywhere using leaves and sticks too (btw…it’s a happy fish!).
  11. Throw stones into the water and listen to the “music”.  Grab a fist full of pebbles and throw them into the water…listen to the sound they make when the fall in.
  12. Make pictures with outdoor chalk.
  13. Go on a bug hunt.  This was also down as a toddler activity, but for a preschooler you could step it up a notch with a spotter book, or a list of bugs to find
  14. Watch clouds and see how many shapes you can find
  15. Roll down grassy slopes.  They find this very addictive!

I hope you have found some inspiration from these preschooler outdoor play ideas, and will come back to read about the other age groups 🙂 Let me know in the comments below how you have got on.

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  1. So many fun ideas! I’m always looking for ideas to do with my daughter and these are perfect – saving for later, thank you 🙂
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  2. Jon

    Some fantastic idea hers. I love the bug hunt one, used to love doing that as a kid!

  3. Kite flying is such cheap entertainment for all ages, they are fascinating to watch!
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  4. Nature art is a firm favourite with ours and they are quite adept at making mermaid on the sand with shells and seaweed now
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  5. Aw we love doing these activities with Sophie can’t wait for the weather to improve so we can do more! Bug hunts are our favourite x

  6. some great idea’s here, my three-year-old loves to be outdoors so I will be sure to try some of these with him x
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  7. What a great list. BattleKid loves rolling down grassy hills and throwing stones in the water. I’m looking forward to getting back to the beach to collect shells and I really want to watch the stars with him.

  8. I loved all of your ideas, I am a big fan of all kind of outdoor activities, especially those which allow kids to learn through play. I am glad to hear (read) that some parents allow their children to bond with mother nature

  9. pre school kids are the best age for exploring nature i think. they are so enthusiastic and happy with such simple tasks. great ideas sonia

  10. My nephew loves walking and playing outdoors he especially loves running (pretends to) with his dad big time. These are great ideas

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