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Activities and Crafts for the Outdoors

April 1, 2019
Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Welcome to the Outdoor Activity & Craft Section of my Blog!

As my readers grow, so will this blog post.  Visit this page anytime you need a quick activity to get your kids running and playing around outside!

If you are visiting this page, you might also be interested in following me on Instagram and Facebook where new activities are posted weekly and then written up right here!

Additionally, to have a well-stocked craft and activity center in your house, make sure to check-out this blog post to ensure you have most of the supplies needed for all kid-related craft activities as described below.

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SUMMER:

Nature Treasure Hunt

Nature Treasure Hunt: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Nature Treasure Hunt

Supplies:

  1. Muffin Baking Tin
  2. Any 6 nature items written on small slips of paper (I wrote “Find something…”: red, sticky, small pine cone, trash, 3 different leaves, something heart-shaped.
Nature Treasure Hunt: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Nature Treasure Hunt: Step-by-Step

Instructions:

  1. Take your kids to your favorite park or simply walk outside
  2. Let them explore finding the materials in the “treasure hunt”

Painting With Nature

Painting Nature: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Painting Nature

Supplies:

  1. Paint and paintbrushes
  2. Paper
  3. Any nature items (we used sticks, leaves, pine tree leaves, pine cones, and rocks)

Instructions:

  1. Collect nature items or go for a nature walk (great for extending the activity).
  2. Set up paint station.
  3. Roll a large piece of paper outside and allow kids to run free with their imagination!

Fun with Ooblek

Ooblek: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Fun with Ooblek

I cannot believe my son is almost 5 and this was his first experience with Ooblek. When I mixed this together last week the smell alone brought me back to my Mommy & Me Days with MY Mama and it was so much fun to play with my kids.

Supplies:

  1. Corn starch
  2. Water
  3. Large bowl or tray
  4. Food coloring (optional)
Ooblek: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Ooblek step-by-step

Directions (Step-by-step photo above):

  1. Add 1 or 2 drops of food coloring into 1 cup of water (optional)
  2. In a bowl or tray, combine the 1 cup of water with 2 cups cornstarch (you can make the batch as small or large as you want making sure it’s a 1:2 ratio)
  3. Mix together and play!

Painting Ice

Painting Ice: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Painting Ice

I have seen this activity a few times and decided I needed to try it myself. My little girl was typical “girl” who laid out one ice cube at a time and painted nicely where my son mixed everything together, poured the whole bucket out, and then proceeded to chuck every ice cube onto our driveway to see how many pieces it could smash into. I’d say both scenarios were a success!

Supplies:

  1. Large bucket or bowl
  2. Ice cubes
  3. Paint & paint brushes
Painting Ice: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Painting Ice: step-by-step

Directions (Step-by-step photo above):

  1. Take a large batch of ice – I dumped the entirety of my ice maker – into a bowl or tray.
  2. Pick a few paint colors and present to child. I like to use plates to pour paint onto as it’s easy cleanup and gives the child a bunch of options for mixing.
  3. Present child with paintbrushes and let them go to town!

Nature Bracelets

Nature Bracelets: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Nature Bracelets

This has to be one of my favorite activities to date. My kids were so into this and it was adorable how this activity opened their eyes to the beauty that surrounds us.

Supplies:

  1. Flowers, Twigs, Grass… anything in nature.
  2. Shipping tape or contact paper
  3. Scissors
  4. Construction Paper
  5. A bag to hold nature items in
Nature Bracelets: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Nature Bracelets: Step-by-step

Directions (Step-by-step photo above):

  1. Take a walk outside and allow your child to cut and gather any item of nature that catches their eye. We picked up grass, pinecones, twigs, flowers, rocks, and leaves.
  2. Cut construction paper into 2 inch horizontal pieces (for a “bracelet”).
  3. Sticky side out, tape contact paper onto construction paper pieces. I used shipping tape and taped the non-sticky side to the paper.
  4. Lay out nature items and let your child place his pieces onto the sticky tape.
  5. Wrap the construction paper around your child’s wrist to create a “bracelet”.

Ice Block Hunt

Ice Block Hunt: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Ice Block Hunt

My son is absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs right now and he can’t stop talking about the time he “searched for fossils” at our local dinosaur quest convention. I decided to come up with my own version of searching for fossils and he had a blast with this!

Supplies:

  1. Small toys (anything you want them to “hunt” for).
  2. Large Bucket (but small enough to fit into your freezer).
  3. Water
  4. Hammer
Ice Block Hunt: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Ice Block Hunt Step-by-step

Directions (Step-by-step photo above):

  1. Gather small toys from around your house and place into a large bucket or tray.
  2. Fill tray with water and place in freezer. Let freeze overnight.
  3. In the morning (or whenever you want to enjoy this activity) run warm water over the outside of the bucket or tray to make it easier to get the ice block out.
  4. Place ice block outside and allow your child to hammer away to find the “hidden treasures”.

Water Balloon Alphabet Target

Alphabet Matching Water Balloon Targets: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Alphabet Matching Water Balloon Targets

We haven’t done a ton of “school” related activities so when I was making Bunch of Balloons for my kids, I decided to turn this into somewhat of a matching game to keep it interesting.

Supplies:

  1. Water balloons
  2. Sharpie Pen
  3. Paper with numbers or letters written in large print

Directions:

  1. Blow up the balloons with your hose.
  2. Write corresponding numbers or letters on the balloons.
  3. Hang pieces of paper with numbers and letters onto your garage or a flat wall.
  4. Have your child pick out the balloons from a bucket and then have them throw the balloon to the corresponding number or letter “targets”.

WINTER:

Painting Snow

Painting Snow: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Painting Snow

Supplies:

  1. Paint and paintbrushes
  2. Tray for paints
Painting Snow: Outdoor Crafts and Activities for your kids to keep them occupied all summer and winter long

Painting Snow: Step-By-Step

Directions:

  1. Add paints to tray and take outside.
  2. Find some compact snow where the paint can glide easier (powder won’t work).
  3. Give your kids the freedom to paint as their little heart desires!

Fruit & Veggie Flower Garden

Is the sun shining but there is still snow on the ground?  This was us this past weekend and it was glorious! We created this cute and fun veggie and flower garden and caught some much-needed vitamin D!

Supplies:

Fruit and Veggie Flower Garden made with snow

Fruit and Veggie Flower Garden

  • Used toilet paper rolls or paper towel tubes
  • Spray bottle
  • Eye droppers
  • 3 bowls with various water/food coloring options (we used purple, pink, and orange)
  • Optional: A tray and snowball maker
Fruit and Veggie Flower Garden made with snow

Fruit and Veggie Flower Garden made with snow.

Directions:

  1. Fill your spray bottle with water and drop 1 or 2 drops green food coloring into the bottle.  Spray over snow.
  2. Gather snowballs.  Have your kids help.
  3. Once you have snowballs, take the eye droppers and spray bottle and spray/drop food-colored water all over the snowballs to create your “flowers” (step 2 above).
  4. Place toilet paper and paper towel tubes into snow (over the area that was sprayed with green dye).
  5. Place snowballs on top of toilet paper tubes.
  6. Optional, if you have a pretend-play food set, use the fruit and veggies to place around your “garden”.

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