With all the benefits that come with playing in the outdoors and being in nature, it is a great place for families to head out into for fun together. With this is mind, I have come up with 25 outdoor fun ideas for families to have time together in the great outdoors 🙂
25 Outdoor Fun Ideas:
- Playing in the rain: This, the first of the outdoor fun ideas, has so many benefits. So, go on, let your inner child loose. Wrap up, go out for a rainy walk, and get some puddle splashing done!!
- Watch a sunset: This is a magical time to spend together, and you can even take a picnic or hot drinks. I am addicted to sunsets and hunt them down at every opportunity now. I love taking our three out to finish the day in this way.
- Take a night time walk: Out of all the outdoor fun ideas, this one is probably the one that takes me a little out of my comfort zone. But that is good for us, right?! I am not good in the dark, I imagine all sorts!! So by doing this with our three little people, and seeing them having fun, it has helped me get better and appreciate what we see at night time.
- Play pooh sticks: A good old favourite, that is great to have as a break on a hike or walk somewhere if you find the right kind of bridge. Maybe you know of one and can head straight there.
- Take a family hike: Out of all the outdoor family fun ideas, this one can often instil the most dread in parents. However, there are benefits. I have also written tips to help you survive it, and a helpful packing checklist.
- Try geocaching: It is a hike in the disguise of a treasure hunt!
- Cook on a campfire: Children can learn new skills, it is very fun, and something cosy to do as a family.
- Den building: This has a whole heap of benefits, as well as being a lot of fun. It is a challenge both mentally and physically and something to bond over.
- Go on a foraging adventure: Go and pick whatever is in season (but make sure you know what is safe to eat!).
- Plant seeds and grow some simple plants, fruits, or vegetables: Children seem to have a natural interest in growing things. You never know it might get them eating more veg too.
- Make a “nature boat” and sail it: Use twigs, leaves, etc and build a little raft for some favourite lego or play people.
- Go pond dipping: See what you can find. You could try drawing your discoveries.
- Go for a walk AFTER a rain storm and rescue worms: They always take a walk across paths and pavements. Transfer them to the safer verges.
- Climb trees: Go on a tree climbing adventure together and take some risks. You may surprise each other with your skills!
- Go on a mini beast hunt: Take a magnifying glass and a bug pot so you can examine your finds. Always remember to replace them back where you found them after….they have families and homes too 🙂
- Build a dam: This is great for teamwork….just remember to dismantle it afterwards!
- Collect leaves and flowers on a walk, pop them in a flower press, then get crafting afterwards.
- Go for an outdoor wild swim somewhere. Somewhere that is within everyone’s swimming capabilities, and is safe.
- Have a water fight.
- Make some nature art or beach art, depending on your location.
- Have a sunrise picnic: Admittedly this requires some dedication on the getting out of bed front, but it is another one of our favourite outdoor fun ideas. Big tip…it is a lot easier to do in the late autumn, winter, or early spring, with sunrise being a little later!
- Fly kites: We keep three pocket kites all the time in the car. They are great as they are small but then we can use them whenever the right occasion occurs.
- Have a leaf fight….this is a slightly seasonal idea!
- Find some tracks to follow and see where you get to. Look around you as well to see if branches have been snapped, droppings have been left, or for any other clues.
- Try some flower pounding: A lovely way to make patterns with nature.
I hope that you have found some inspiration from the outdoor fun ideas, and will find something you fancy doing as a family. Let me know what you try and how you get on in the comments below.