outdoor activities

learning through outdoor play: suitable for all ages.

outdoor ideas

As Spring is here, we welcome the opportunity to play and learn in the garden. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in the garden alongside some excellent resources to work alongside you. 

search, to find, long term goal

Scavenger Hunt

A huge list of ideas of objects for children to find outdoors with lots of variations to vary it from time to time.

children, play, washcloth

Water Play

All children seem to love water play, here’s a list of activities with variations that will keep them busy for a good while. 

dirt, farm, garden

Gardening Skills

Teach them some gardening skills and get some jobs done at the same time. 

reading, hammock, relax


Enjoy reading outdoors. 


Maddie Moate is a favourite of ours. She encourages children to explore different aspects of outdoor space and is currently posting a daily live video. 


You will need: 

  • a washing line/piece of string
  • letters/numbers written onto the back of cardboard boxes/post-it notes 
  • pegs


Choose how you’d like to play:

1. Peg to spell tricky words

2. Peg in number or alphabetical order

3.  Peg numbers/letters in order missing out 10, ask children to fill in the gaps

4. Spell out names

5. Blindfold them and ask them to pick 5 letters or numbers from the line- can they make a word/sum and work out the answer?

clothespins, clothes line, hang


You can regrow vegetables from the pieces chopped off and usually thrown away. 

Place the root in a shalllow dish of water and see what happens! 


conduct your own experiments

1. Make a ramp with wood and block and slide cars down them- predict what will happen when you lower/raise the height of the ramp. 

2. Gather 10 objects from around the house, make a chart split into two columns- sink/float. Predict which object will sink or float and try it out. 

leaf floating, floating, leaf