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Today we’re sharing lots of cool ways to take creativity outside with over 40 outdoor activities and crafts for kids.

You might also like these DIY toy ideas.

over 40 fun outdoor activities and crafts for kids

When you say the word ‘craft’, it makes most people think of quiet time spent indoors — but it doesn’t have to be!

There are lots of ways to get arty, crafty, messy, and playful at home in your backyard. Here are some favourites from our own archives as well as bloggers around the world.

Over 40 outdoor activities and crafts for kids

outdoor art ideas for kids

Get arty outside! Sometimes this really is the best place for messy paint activities. It’s way easier to clean up (using the garden hose), and you don’t get stains on floors and furniture.

more fun outdoor art for kids

creative outdoor art ideas for kids

tie dye ideas for kids

Dying fabric or paper towel is a fun process for kids to experiment with — always best done outdoors.

outdoor science and STEM projects for kids

If you have a science or STEM-loving kid, there are lots of ways to incorporate that into outdoor play too

creative ideas with sand play outdoors

What kid doesn’t love sand play? Here are some ideas to get even more creative with it.

outdoor messy play

Messy play is a favourite for lots of kids  — but not always for parents! Taking it outside is a good way to compromise.

using flowers in creative play and craft outside

Use the flowers and leaves in your backyard in arty or crafty projects …

create with nature outside

Here are some more ideas incorporating nature

easy garden ideas for kids

Here are some fun ideas to get kids gardening …

outdoor DIY toys

We love making DIY toys! Here are some fun ways to craft and play outdoors

more outdoor creative ideas for kids

Which idea are you going to try this weekend?

outdoor crafts and activities for kids