Inside: When the weather is nice, get outside and try some of these outdoor games that preschoolers love. Each one gets the body moving while also building skills!
Young children love to move, so we made sure to find games that can build large motor development while also focusing on other cognitive skills.
You can set these games up in your backyard or a nearby park and they are perfect for play dates, neighborhood get-togethers, and summer parties.
Many can be adapted for children of different ages, too!
15 Fun Outdoor Games for Preschoolers
Color Golf – A fun way to strengthen color recognition while hitting balls into the matching hole. (School Time Snippets)
Obstacle Course – Not only will children love the challenge, they will also be working gross motor skills. (Pre-K Pages)
Pom Pom Sort and Dash – Preschoolers can strengthen their color recognition skills while hunting and sorting different colored pom poms. (Days with Grey)
Giant Memory Game – Such a fun way to work on memory skills, and can be adapted for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade! (123 Homeschool)
Balloon Tennis – This activity is fun and easy for all ages and only takes a couple of supplies to make the rackets. (Glitter On a Dime)
Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course – A super simple movement activity that keeps preschoolers busy for quite awhile. (Toot’s Mom is Tired)
Magnetic Fishing – Use your small wading pool or water table for a game of fishing. (Craftulate)
Water Balloon Baseball – Work off that energy while hitting water balloons with plastic bats. (Overstuffed Life)
Pedal for Numbers – Practice number recognition while riding a favorite bike. (Dabbling Momma)
Rhyming Pigeon Race – After reading “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”, play a fun rhyming game that keeps the body moving. (Growing Book by Book)
‘Press Here’ Movement Game – After reading the book Press Here, work on language, counting, and color skills while playing this fun movement game. (Homegrown Friends)
Moving Beach Balls – Move the beach balls using pool noodles. A great way to work upper body strength! (Cloth Diaper Addiction)
Sponge Ball Toss – It’s super simple to make your own sponge balls, and tossing them intocontainers is always fun! (Inner Child Fun)
Sidewalk Chalk Color and Shape Game – Draw shapes in different colors for a fun hopping game. (Tiny Sidekick)
Pom Pom Toss Games – Make your own yarn pom poms and practice throwing them in different directions. (3 Dinosaurs)
Garden Treasure Hunt Game – Write clues with chalk on the sidewalk and hunt for the items in your yard. (Nuture Store)
Marble Run Water Slide Game – Slice a pool noodle in half to make a water slide for marbles and have a race! (Mama Papa Bubba)
Balloon Toss – Fill balloons with rice and toss them on the chalk-drawn targets. (A Mom with a Lesson Plan)
Ice Bowling – Recycle water bottles and bowl with a big ice ball in your backyard! (Learn, Play, Imagine)
Pool Noodle Obstacle Course – Challenge your children with this fun obstacle course that uses pool noodles in the backyard. (Learn, Play, Imagine)
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