52 free things to do outdoors with kids

  • March 4, 2017
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We always try to get out and about at the weekends as much as possible, I think we all need it after a week cooped up in offices and classrooms. Now that Spring will (hopefully) be here soon we’ll try and get outside after school as well for some fresh air and a bit of exercise.

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of things to do with kids that don’t cost lots of money, but often the free activities are the most fun! Getting out in the fresh air, exploring nature, and doing it all together as a family are what great childhoods are made of.

If you’re looking for some ideas to get the kids outside and away from iPads and TV screens, here are 52 free things to do outdoors with kids…

  1. Go for a walk in the woods
  2. Hunt for bugs
  3. Collect different kinds of leaves to do crafts with
  4. Play Pooh sticks
  5. Do some bark rubbing
  6. Go bird watching
  7. Splash in puddles
  8. Visit the beach
  9. Collect shells and pebbles
  10. Paddle in the sea and jump waves
  11. Build sandcastles
  12. Collect pebbles to paint at home later
  13. Ride your bike, scooter or skateboard
  14. Play catch
  15. Blow bubbles
  16. Make a daisy chain
  17. Fly a kite
  18. Climb a tree
  19. Build a den
  20. Plant some flowers
  21. Make mud pies
  22. Visit the park
  23. Feed the ducks
  24. Play hopscotch
  25. Roll down a hill
  26. Have a picnic
  27. Go geocaching
  28. Learn to hula hoop
  29. Wash the car
  30. Draw on the fence or path with chalk
  31. Collect sticks to make a stick man
  32. Wash your toys in soapy water
  33. Make your own bird feeder
  34. Go on a scavenger hunt
  35. Make a bug hotel
  36. Have a water fight
  37. Build a campfire
  38. Toast marshmallows
  39. Catch butterflies
  40. Learn to skip
  41. Look for animal tracks
  42. Go fishing
  43. Pick blackberries
  44. Collect conkers, acorns or pinecones
  45. Hunt for fossils
  46. Go crabbing
  47. Paddle in a stream
  48. Create your own obstacle course
  49. Make perfume out of petals
  50. Create a fairy garden
  51. Walk a dog (yours or a neighbour’s)
  52. Make a treasure map

I hope these suggestions for things to do outside with children have given you some inspiration! Which ones will you be doing this weekend?



  • Jessica - A Modern Mom's Life

    Fab list! I’m going to pin it. (I’m trying to get more active on Pinterest!) I’m always giving suggestions to my kids for stuff to do outside. I may even print this out. πŸ˜€

  • Sivan Gavish

    I love these ideas. Don’t have kids yet, but I write about family friendly things to do in Las Vegas! Plus, I always remember my parents trying to figure out things to do with us that don’t cost money. This list would have been VERY helpful to them πŸ™‚ Have a good weekend!

  • Lydia C. Lee

    I have to ask – Pooh sticks???? #FortheloveofBlog

    • Sarah | Digital Motherhood

      Haha When you stand on a bridge, throw sticks in the water and see who’s gets to the other side first. It’s from Winnie the Pooh which explains the odd name!

  • Helen @Talking_Mums

    Fabulous suggestions. Just shows that there is so much we can do for free and that these are usually the moe enjoyable options. We love doing treasure maps and treasure hunts in our house x

  • mums' army

    Wow that list is brilliant! I’ve just copied and pasted it to my desktop. My other half said today what should we do with the kids, and I came up with Playground or Sea front. Plus whatever Pooh sticks is I think my boys would LOVE it??? xx #Blogstravaganza

    • Sarah | Digital Motherhood

      I thought everyone knew what Pooh Sticks was but it seems not! Haha It’s not as gross as it sounds – you stand on a bridge, each drop a stick into the water, then race to the other side to see who’s gets there first. From Winnie The Pooh hence the odd name!

  • Beth Owen

    This is a fab list! So many things to do for free! #KCACOLS

  • thetaleofmummyhood

    This is a fabulous list and definitely one that I will refer back to. I just cannot wait for light nights, we leave the house in a morning and often don’t come back until the sun goes down! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS, hope you come back again next Sunday x

  • Kirsty - Winnettes

    These are great activities! I can’t wait to get making daisy chains this year. We try and walk daily, the fresh air can really lift the mood in the house.

  • thetaleofmummyhood

    Just popping back from #Blogstravaganza! Thanks so much for linking up, hope to see you again next week xx

  • Coombe Mill

    Love this, I’d support everyone, these are just the things we do with the children staying here on holiday #marvmondays

  • Beth

    Yes to this list! Especially splashing in puddles. I cringe a little, but push the worry aside knowing the discovery and fun is way more worth it than dry shoes!

  • Angela Watling

    These are great! Some of these are a bit beyond my just-two-year-old right now but hopefully by the summer she’ll be into things like picnics and bug hunting. She definitely loves puddling splashing though! #MarvMondays

  • Laura

    Love these suggestions! I am pregnant with my second boy, and sometimes I just want to go outside with my oldest and let him run around, while I sit, haha! I love this list to help me engage with him!

  • Anne | onedeterminedlife

    Great list. We love to go to the park and play in puddles and feed the ducks.

  • Kelly

    I’m going to print this out and hang it on our fridge for moments when we need a bright idea! Thanks so much for putting this list together πŸ™‚

  • My Petit Canard

    I love lists like these, such a great idea for inspiration on quiet or rainy days. Definitely something that I’ll be coming back to when I’m stumped for ideas πŸ™‚ Great post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  • Mamaguru

    Pooh Sticks and making a bug hotel are my favorites! This is a wonderful list.

  • April K.

    Great list. The weather is warming up and I can’t wait to be outside more.

  • The Pramshed

    This is a brilliant list and often I’m trying to think of things to do with my daughter that costs money. However there are so many things that we can do that are just on our doorstep. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  • Sam - StressyMama

    What a fantastic list. I’m always trying to think of new things to do with my niece and daughter. I’ll be printing this I think so I can keep looking at it ha #marvmondays

  • Emma Me and B make tea

    fab list and so many fun ideas! I really want to make a fairy garden! #KCACOLS

  • Edward

    This is so good. There is so much to do outdoors. When I was younger I loved scavenger hunts. #dreamteam

  • Helena

    Great suggestions you have here. #MarvMondays

  • Rhyming with Wine

    Feeding the ducks and playing pooh sticks are definitely our “go to” outdoor activities. I was talking to my mum about making a bug hotel in the garden this spring just this afternoon! Love this list and I’ll be back for more inspiration now that the weather is warming up! Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

  • Laura Beresford

    I remember doing lots of these as a child but I prefer being indoors these days so my kids haven’t done too many (maybe when my youngest can walk I will try harder!) #kcacols

  • Lisa | Pass The Prosecco Please

    Lovely simple ideas, thankyou for sharing ## #KCACOLS

  • Sarah

    I love this list! So many good ideas that I never would have thought of.


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