Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers


Not everyone has a lot of outdoor space for play. 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. Since I am always looking for outdoor activities that work well in small areas, I thought I’d share the collection with you.

Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers
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Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers:


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

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. (Two-daloo)

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?


Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers



More ideas for young children:

learning games for preschoolers      chalk ideas for kids    painting challenge logo

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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  1. Carolyn says:

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

  2. Yavanna says:

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

  3. Mary Catherine says:

    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. Jaime JJ says:

    thanks so much for including my cloud dough!