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Outdoor Activities for Children

The park is filled with endless opportunities to learn, create and grow. Explore the many activities you can do at a park with your little whether there’s a forest, field or water close by.

For more information or questions contact LRNow’s Pearl School Coordinator Jody Ullmann: Jody@lrnow.org

Key:

= Materials are NOT needed for the activity
= Materials or advanced preparation is needed for     the activity
= Conduct activity in a park near, or around Forest 
= Conduct activity in a park near, on, or surrounding water 
= Conduct activity in a park near or in a field
Grade level: Pre-K & K-2

Outdoor Activities your little ones will love!

Activity Name
Requires Materials
Information
Shadow Tag

 

  • 2-4+ people
  • Source: The Genius of Play
Long and Short Shadows

 
  • Chalk

 

Making Shadows
  • Bring or find 3-D objects. Ex: Building Blocks
Shadow Walk

 

  • Paper and Pencil
Shadow Puppets

 

  • Prepare the shadow puppets using the requested materials on this activity link or from another website

 

OR

 

 

Shadow Art

Observing Clouds

 

  • Paper
  • Pencil
Finding Patterns in Nature

  • 1-4 people
  • Source: Kids Discover
Making Patterns from Natural Materials

Leaf Print Mandala

 

  • Paint
  • Paper
Making Colors from Nature

  • White Fabric
  • Pounding Tool
Making The Colors of the Rainbow

 

  • Pan
  • Mirror
Nature Color Scavenger Hunt

Make Natural Paint Brushes

 

  • String
Painting with water Evaporation

  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Pavement
Using non-traditional items to map out an area

 

  • Paper
  • Pencil
Ant Observation

 

  • Sugar OR honey
  • Piece of wood
Life in the Sidewalk Cracks
Pick up an object and observe it using the above clues
  • Magnifying Lens
Sit Spotting in Nature

Make a nature wind catcher

Nature Loom
Grade Level: 3rd-5th

Outdoor Activities elementary school students will love!

Activity Name
Requires Materials
Information
Shadow Tag

 

  • 2-4+ people
  • Source: The Genius of Play
Measuring Shadows

 

  • Chalk

 

Making Shadows

Shadow Walk

 

  • Camera Option
Shadow Puppets

 

  • Flashlight
  • paper
  • sissors
Shadow Art

Observing Clouds

 

  • Paper
  • Pencil
Finding Patterns in Nature

  • 1-4 people
  • Source: Kids Discover
Making Patterns from Natural Materials

Leaf Print Mandala

 

  • Paint
  • Paper
Making Colors from Nature

  • White Fabric
  • Pounding Tool
Making The Colors of the Rainbow

 

  • Pan
  • Mirror
Make Natural Paint Brushes

 

  • String
Using non-traditional items to map out an area

 

  • Paper
  • Pencil
Ant Observation

 

  • Sugar OR honey
  • Piece of wood
Life in the Sidewalk Cracks
Sit Spotting in Nature

Nature Loom
Make a Sundial

  • Make a Sundial Activity Link
  • Can be done anywhere!
  • Source: Science Fun
Cloud Trivia Game - Folded Fotrune Teller
Cloud Viewer

Measuring Trees- citizen science
  • Download app
Camouflage
  • Some online Activities
  • Camouflage Activity Link
  • Can be done anywhere!
  • 1-4 people
Make a Sound Map

Grade Level: Middle-High School

Reconnect you middle or high school students to nature!

Activity Name
Requires Materials
Information
Shadow Puppets

 

  • Flashlight
  • paper
  • sissors
Shadow Art

Leaf Print Mandala

 

  • Paint
  • Paper
Making Colors from Nature

  • White Fabric
  • Pounding Tool
Making The Colors of the Rainbow

 

  • Pan
  • Mirror
Sit Spotting in Nature

Make a Sundial

  • Make a Sundial Activity Link
  • Can be done anywhere!
  • Source: Science Fun
Measuring Trees- citizen science
  • Download app
Camouflage
  • Some online Activities
  • Camouflage Activity Link
  • Can be done anywhere!
  • 1-4 people
S'Cool Citizen Science Project with Clouds
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