Activities to try outside

Child in park in wellies

Your child will love these activities: they can be done while walking to nursery or the shops, playing in the park or anytime that you’re outside.

Get out and about

Find different places to go and try not to be put off by the weather! Talk about what you see, hear and do…

…in the rain

…at the shops

…on the bus

Scavenger hunt

In the park, try a scavenger hunt. See if you can find the following:

  • Something green
  • Something round
  • Something tiny
  • Something that snaps
  • Something that makes a crinkly sound
  • A flower with a scent
  • Something animals can eat

What else can you find?

I spy

As you walk down the street, play a game of I spy to talk about what you see. For example, “I spy something tiny”, “I spy something blue” or “I spy something climbing up that wall”.

Cloud watching

Lie down on your back or sit and look up at the sky. What shapes do the clouds make? Maybe you can see a dragon, or a bus. Can you make up a story about what you can see?

Sing nursery rhymes

Sing nursery rhymes as you see things on your walk. For example, The Wheels on the Bus if a bus goes past or Five Little Ducks if you see ducks in the pond.

Remember favourite stories

Bring stories to life by talking about them when you’re out and about. For example, if you spot a caterpillar, talk about the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and see if your child can remember some of the food that the caterpillar ate.

You could take a book with you to the park or build a den to read a story in your garden or outside space.

Make some marks

  • Use a light floaty scarf to make big swirls and patterns in the air
  • Make boot prints in the mud or after jumping in puddles
  • Find a long stick to dig and make shapes in mud or sand