The sun is finally shining! I’m so happy to pack up our winter gear and get ready for the warmer weather to stay.
My favorite thing about spring is getting outdoors with my boys and my puppy, Lexi, to enjoy the fresh air, spend time together, and stay active. It’s important for me to get my boys outside every day even if it’s for 15 minutes. When they come home from school, they drop their backpacks in the kitchen and go straight for the backyard.
The changing weather provides lots of opportunities for outside activities plus it can be a great educational experience for kids. I’ve put together a list of activities to help you get started. These are some of our favorite ways to learn about nature!
- Plant a garden
- Ride bikes
- Take a walk
- Visit the horses
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt
- Build a fort
- Watch the birds
- Look for frogs
- Visit a local zoo
- Melt crayons
- Hunt for dinosaur bones
- Make a bird feeder
- Go veggie/fruit picking
- Start a leaf scrapbook
- Explore shells on the beach
- Pick flowers and name them
- Go on a nature hike
- Look at moss and mushrooms
- Compare rocks
- Start a composite
- Pick weeds, then flowers
- Attract butterflies with plants in containers
- Write a story outside
- Have a backyard camp out
- Shadow dance
- Visit a playground
- Build a log cabin with sticks
- Taste fresh herbs from your garden
- Observe the stars
- Make a ring toss game
- Collect and compare leaves, sticks, rocks, etc.
- Go on a nature treasure hunt
- Explore circumference with a bicycle wheel
- Keep a wildlife journal
- Learn about recycling
- Learn bird and mammal calls
- Create a puppet show about nature
- Attract fireflies in your backyard
- Learn about trees
- Go canoeing
- Make a water wheel
- Hug a tree
- Collect raindrops
- Eat outdoors
- Watch the sunset or sunrise
- Make a wind chime
- Look through a telescope
- Create stained glass art
- Make sun prints
If you are looking for more ways to get outside with your kids and enjoy nature, PBS Kids has a great section on their website called, “Explore the Outdoors”. They provide lots of tips, tricks, and activities for little ones to enjoy.
You can also join Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club, which is a community of children, parents, and educators, committed to learning about nature and doing good things for their environment.
What type of activities do you like doing with your kids that teaches them about nature?
If you are looking for more outdoor activities, check out the below:
- 4 kid-friendly ideas for backyard fun
- Essentials for a backyard camp out
- Summer bucket list challenge
- Tips for hosting a fun summer play date
- 5 ways to keep your family active
- 60 outside summer activities for kids
- 8 ways to have fun in your own backyard
I’m a PBS Kids Very Important Parent and love sharing tips and ideas for staying active as a family. As usual, all opinions are my own. Read Life Without Pink’s full disclosure here.