5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

April 12, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

  1. Beanbag Toss: Draw different throw lines for children of different ages. (You might even let toddlers walk up to the target and drop their bean bag into the hole!)
  2. Water Play: With supplies as simple as a wide plastic bowl (or water table) and a collection of cups, older children can experiment and learn about volume and cause-and-effect, while younger kids develop fine motor skills and enjoy a cooling splash!
  3. Hopscotch: Older children can play according to traditional directions (toss a marker into the number squares in order, hopping to pick it up each time without stepping out); younger children can take a turn tossing a marker anywhere on the game, or just hopping from square to square.
  4. Sand Play: No matter their skill level, children of all ages can play in the sand together! If your demo-minded toddler and architect big kid have different ideas about how to treat a sandcastle, try introducing play figures instead of building tools for a dino dig, moon landing or other imaginative play.
  5. “Nature Spotter” Game: Each player uses a pair of binoculars (real or crafted out of toilet-paper rolls) to find something in the yard. With older children, you can play a guessing game or challenge them to spot smaller objects such as a bird’s nest. Younger children will enjoy just playing along or counting items in broader categories, such as trees or flowers.


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Entry filed under: Baby (0-12 months), By Age, Older Kids (12+), Outdoor Play, Parenting & Family, Play Ideas, Preschoolers (3-4 years), Spring, Summer, Toddler (1-2 years), Tweens (5-12). Tags: , , , , , , , , , .

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