13 Things to do Outside

by Deb on December 23, 2010

This is mostly from the archives, I’ve added a few more ideas.  Since the Solstice it will be warming up, so put on your sunscreen and hat and get outside!

  1. Play in the sandpit.  Brilliant for imaginative play – cooking, building, roads, digging, etc.
  2. sandpit

  3. Go for a walk. If your toddler makes it to the front gate in under half an hour, slow down.  Let them look at every leaf and blade of grass along the way.
  4. Play with water balloons. See if you can hit the roof with them, or throw them up against a shed or carport ceiling.  Water comes down everywhere!
  5. Start a garden. Seedlings grow really quickly and they stay interested when they can see something happening.  Sunflowers are incredibly easy – get a packet of parrot seed and sprinkle it around, cover and water.  They will grow.
  6. sunflower

  7. Feed the birds. If you’re a gardener grow native plants that attract them, otherwise it’s as simple as spreading a bit of birdseed or even bread around then staying back and quiet.  Magpies love mince and sing beautifully, although they’re not the safest birds to encourage!
  8. bird

  9. Play with water. A big tub they can sit in or splash in with lots of containers to pour, splash and spray.  Water guns are cool too.
  10. Hang out the washing. Little kids just love helping, and don’t you want to encourage them that it’s fun?  I quite often have two little ones handing me clothes and pegs, and they have an airer they use as their own line.  Even baby girl (17 months) is starting to peg things on it by putting the peg upside down.
  11. pegs

  12. Play chasey. Especially good if you have two.  With a little baby, pop them in a carrier and they laugh hysterically as you chase or are chased.  Even around and around the car, changing directions and going backwards are ways to mix it up.
  13. Have a picnic. Take your lunch outside, sit on a blanket and eat.  A great way to get fussy eaters to have a go, especially if you have lots of different things in little containers they can do as finger foods.
  14. Kick/Throw/Roll balls. We play versions of piggy in the middle, or the two girls chase balls and throw them generally because the aim is just not there.  They also pretend to be puppy dogs and bring them back in their mouths.  I figure they’re building a strong immune system.  And you’re more likely to catch something from other people than dirt anyway!
  15. boy with ball

  16. Role play. They pretend to be puppies, butterflies, caterpillars, buses, airplanes, you name it.
  17. Collect thingsrocks, insects, flowers, leaves
  18. Watch the sky, the moon, stars or a sunset.  Look for satellites and meteors, watch lightning storms.

What do you like doing outside?

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Marita December 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

Being outside is so fabulous. We are getting some empty under bed storage boxes and filling them with sand and toys for the girls to play with outside during summer. I needed something easily sealed up at night and not too big, so the underbed storage boxes were our solution.
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MultipleMum December 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Marita’s solution is great if you don’t have a permanent sand pit! Ours needs new sand, so thanks for the reminder. Have been meaning to get into the gardening with the kids. A definite job for us early in the new year! Have a great Christmas. See you in 2011 🙂
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Tracy Mellifont via Facebook April 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

The usual, feed the chickens and goats, check the raspberry bushes to see if there’s any more autumn raspberries to pick, play in the mud pit or on the dirt pile or in the sandpit, or all three. Do some gardening, probably have some fun pretend camping with the tent and fire pit set up in the backyard. And as master 4yr old is really into space and astronauts right now probably take off in our pretend rocket ship to explore some planets. I might even try to squeeze some housework in too.

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Science@home via Facebook April 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

First – I loved your photos and left a separate comment but for some reason I couldn’t comment directly on them 🙁

That sounds like an amazing day. We love our chickens and I remember our fruit trees from when I was a kid with much fondness, sadly we’ve moved around too much to have something like that. And our sandpit is always a huge hit.

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Tracy Mellifont via Facebook April 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

We love our chooks too, so fun to watch, and they tolerate the boys following them around really well. And who can’t love a sandpit! If only the cat didn’t love it too when I forget to put the cover on overnight :-/ And I took my space obsessed preschooler to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex on Thursday and he got a lot more out of it than I thought he would which is great. Followed by a visit to the adventure playground at a nearby nature reserve – he wants to do it all over again this week. I’ve been interested in astronomy since I was a kid so I’m having as good a time as he is with his space kick at the moment- we even made space playdough yesterday!

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