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Our kids love to play in the backyard. We especially love heading outside in the mornings and evenings when we can find shade and cooler temperatures. There are a lot of fun and simple backyard activities for young children, and I’ve listed some of our favorite ones below.
15 Fun Backyard Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers
- Swing and slide. We recently purchased a swing set for our backyard, and the kids love it. It’s just the right size for our small yard and has room for two swings, a slide, climbing wall, and an area for a sandbox. My husband switched out one of the swings that it came with and hung this swing that’s perfect for our toddler.
- Ride around in the Cozy Coupe. The Cozy Coupe is a classic toy that is fun for young kids to “drive” around the yard.
- Dig in the sandbox. Playing in the sandbox is a great way for kids to explore, build, imagine, and have fun. We have this set that provides plenty of tools and a wagon for the kids to share while playing in the sandbox.
- Have a picnic. Pack a lunch, grab a blanket, and head outside for a picnic in the shade. Changing up mealtime can be fun for everyone.
- Throw around some bouncy balls. We have a couple of large bouncy balls that the kids enjoy throwing and kicking around.
- Have a bubbles dance party. Turn on some music, fire up the bubble machine, and let the kids pop the bubbles and dance around.
- Draw with sidewalk chalk. If you have a concrete slab out back, let the kids loose with some sidewalk chalk.
- Cool off in a kiddie pool. You don’t have spend thousands on a pool for young children to have fun playing in the water. Simply get a kiddie pool, fill it with water, throw in a couple of bath toys, and the kids will have a blast. Be sure to always, always, always supervise children in or near water, no matter the depth.
- Water the plants. Get a watering can for your child, and let them water some plants. We bought our three year old her own small tomato plant that she loves to water. She enjoys watching it grow and gets so excited when she gets to pick the tomatoes.
- Gaze at the clouds. On a cloudy day, head outside, lay in the grass, and look at the clouds. Talk about the shapes, objects, and colors you see.
- Pitch a tent. You don’t have to pack up the car and head to a campground for kids to have fun in a tent. Instead pitch a tent in the backyard, pile in with the kids, and watch the laughter ensue.
- Kick around a soccer ball. Soccer is a great sport for young kids. Grab a soccer ball, teach them how to dribble and kick, and watch as they feel accomplished running around and playing soccer.
- Spray the water hose. Let the kids help spray the water hose. My husband is a firefighter, so they like to pretend they are putting out fires with the hose. Especially in the summer months, check the water temperature before letting your kids play with the water.
- Sing Ring around the Rosie. Kids love this simple song because they get to sing, dance in a circle, hold hands, and fall on the ground. Join in, and they’ll think it’s even more fun.
- Set up a bird feeder. Our kids love to watch for birds around the feeder. A nearby bird bath can be exciting for the kids as well.
What are your favorite backyard activities for toddlers and preschoolers?
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