How do I entertain my two year old outside? What are some outdoor activities for preschoolers? I’ve collected 45+ outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers that you will love!

I love to have a list of simple outdoor activities that I can pull together pretty quickly on days when the weather is nice. All of these outdoor activities are easy to set up and use materials you probably already have around your house (or you could get easily).

Easy Outdoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Nothing makes me happier than an organized themed list! These outdoor activities are organized into five different categories so that you can scan the list and find the type of idea that you’re looking for.

  • Movement activities
  • Simple action art
  • Sensory play
  • Water play
  • Science activities

Scroll down to the activity that looks interesting to you and click on the title to head over for the full tutorial! I gathered activity ideas from many of my favorite creative friends for this awesome list of outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers!

Outdoor Movement Ideas

These outdoor movement ideas get kids moving, learning, and building their muscles!

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Nature Hunt by Toddler Approved

Obstacle course by Toddler Approved

Sound Hunt by Toddler Approved

Family Jogging Club by Toddler Approved

Chalk Outdoor Game by Days with Grey

Driveway Shape Maze by Creative Family Fun

Ride Around the Alphabet by Toddler Approved

Toddler Color Hop by Learn Play Imagine

Simple Outdoor Action Art Ideas

Art doesn’t have to involve fancy materials or a lot of prep. These quick to set up art ideas help kids explore new materials and processes!

Paint with sticks by Toddler Approved

Splat painting by Toddler Approved

Jackson Pollock Painting by Toddler Approved

Paint with water by Toddler Approved

Paint with water balloons by Toddler Approved

Spray Art by Toddler Approved

RELATED: Love to paint? Try these other creative ways to paint with toddlers.

Outdoor Toy Paint by Busy Toddler

Bounce Paint by Days with Grey

Fly Swatter Painting by Play Teach Repeat

Bubble Wrap Foot Stomp Painting by Sunshine Whispers

Window Painting by Mess for Less

Squirt Gun Painting by Toddler Approved

Outdoor Sensory Play Ideas

Sensory play helps kids learn through exploring their five senses. There are so many cool materials that you can introduce to your kids! Here are a few of our favorites.

Jumbo water beads by Toddler Approved

Outdoor Sticky Mural by I Can Teach My Child

Magic potions by Toddler Approved

Sand volcanoes by Toddler Approved

Trucks and rocks by Toddler Approved

Color Lab by Toddler Approved

Outdoor Tree Bark Rubbings by I Can Teach My Child

Backyard Mud Cafe by The Crafting Chicks

Oobleck Drip Painting by Views from a Step Stool

LEGO I-Spy by Toddler Approved

Outdoor Water Play Ideas

Water is one of the absolute best play materials! There are so many fun ways to play with water. Here are a few creative ways to use water!

Spray the LEGO by Toddler Approved

Hunt for Gold by Toddler Approved

Water the Alphabet Garden by Toddler Approved

Water Table & Pom Poms by Happy Toddler Playtime

Paint Dyed Water by Busy Toddler

Washing Dishes Water Play by Twin Mom Refreshed

Painting with Water by Happy Hooligans

Alphabet Bug Spray by Toddler Approved

RELATED: Love water activities? Here are 10 more awesome water ideas for toddlers.

Outdoor Science Activity Ideas

Science projects are always big hits for toddlers and preschoolers. Take science outside and explore using bubbles, ice, natural materials, and even the sun!

Race Ice Boats by Toddler Approved

Bubble Snakes by Toddler Approved

Make Bubble wands by Toddler Approved

Fizzy Ice Cubes by The Play Based Mom

Giant Bubbles by Happy Hooligans

Frozen Lego by Happy Toddler Playtime

Sink or Float Science by My Bored Toddler

What Melts Ice Faster by Hands On As We Grow

RELATED: Need more easy science ideas? These simple science projects are fun all year long.

Your kids will love these amazing outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers! Do you have any other favorites we should include on our list? Tell us in the comments below.