Outdoor Activities to do with Kids!

2015-Outdoor-Activities-For-Kids“But ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” – Job 12:7-10

All it takes is a look into your backyard or local park to get a clear picture of the amazing natural world that God has created. This spring, especially as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, use the beauty outside to teach your kids about being a good steward of the environment with these fun outdoor activities.

Make a Rain Stick. To give your kids an idea of how the rain sounds as it falls in a tropical jungle (and a low-cost toy), create a rain stick with a cardboard wrapping paper tube, rice, popcorn kernels and a few more components. This project requires nails and a little hammering, so exercise supervision. Try this rain stick tutorial from I Can Teach My Child.

Create Your Own Seedling Pots with Juice Boxes. Few things are more amazing than learning to cultivate and nourish life from seedling to stalk. Use old juice boxes as mini pots for all kinds of seeds and teach your children how to water and care for plants. Find instructions for this project on Red Ted Art.

DIY Wind Chimes (with Tin Cans).  A project for slightly older children from Hands On As We Grow, making tin can wind chimes is a good way to teach kids the importance of recycling and enhance their fine motor skills. It also provides an opportunity to introduce the science of sound.