20 Kids Outdoor Activities for the Patio

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Not everyone has a lot of outdoor space for play, so I put together some kids outdoor activities that work well in a small patio area. When our children were young, we had a couple of very small backyards, but I always found a way to provide fun activities for them to do on our patio. The same can be said for my preschool. Compared to many preschools, our outdoor area is small, with brick as its only surface. I envy those play areas with lots of lawn as well as pavement, but we work with what we have. Here are 20 activities that work well on patios or in small areas.

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1. Mix up a batch of cloud dough instead of using sand. (FSPT)

2. Pretend you are at the beach with a tide pool sensory bin.(Buggy  

    and Buddy)

3. Collect flowers to make Flower Potions! (Blog Me Mom)

4. Keep the kids busy with this 3-ingredient Homemade Sidewalk 

    Paint. (Happy Hooligans)

5. Take some play kitchen materials outside and make an Outdoor 

     Messy Restaurant (Homegrown Friends)

6. How about joining your child in a game of Outdoor Tic Tac 

    Toe? (Housing a Forest)

7. Now here is a clever way to add an easel outdoors. Perfect for a    

    small space!  (Teach Preschool)

8. The most simple and yet so very fun outdoor activity is filling a 

    bin with soap and water. (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

9. What child doesn’t like making mud pies? These ones are 

    fancied up with dandelions! (The Pleasantest Thing)

10. How about bubbles? Here are 10 different bubble activities

      (Kids Activities Blog)

11. Bring the toy cars and trucks outside for a Toddler Car Wash

      (Kids’ Play Space)

12. How about learning letters outdoors with this fun alphabet fun 

      jump? (The Imagination Tree)

13. Say YES to drippy activities outdoor with Squirt Paint! 

      (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

14. Kids LOVE to paint with water. (No Time for Flashcards)

15. Develop color recognition skills outdoors with this fun color 

      matching idea using chalk. (Nurturestore)

16. Put some watercolors in a spray bottle and have fun  

      with Watercolor Spray Painting! (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

17. Create some fun DIY Outdoor Roads for car play.(And Next 

      Comes L)

18. Fill some small tubs different colors for toddler water play


19. Fill up your pool or water table and go fishing for numbers

      (Buggy and Buddy)

20. Don’t forget our feathered friends! How about making a bird 

      feeder to hang in your patio area?

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  1. This list sounds like a ton of spring and summer fun! Thanks for including us. :)

  2. Fabulous collection! Pinned for future outdoor fun ideas:-) Love the messy restaurant!! And thanks for including Kids Play Space! Anna:-)

  3. What a great list of outdoor ideas for small spaces! Here at home, my outdoor play space is rather limited, so I know this list is going to come in handy!

  4. thanks so much for including my cloud dough!

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