15 Free or Inexpensive Things Children Can Do Outside

Nowadays there is a lot more being said about children being outside.  The emphasis is on more movement and less time indoors watching television or playing video games.  We would like to share some activities that children can do outside, but please remember about safety.

1.  Water play – Small dish pans filled with water.  Provide cups, spoons, funnels.  Look to your kitchen, yard sales, or thrift stores for gadgets you can use in water.  You can also have the children wash toys, dolls, or doll clothes.

**Please remember to supervise children with any type of water activity, since young children could drown in only a few inches of water.**

2.  Paint with water – Provide a bucket of water and a variety of paint brushes ( you want to use at least 2 or 3 inch wide brushes).

3 Plastic Spray Bottles – Fill with water and spray plants, trees, fence, each other, etc.

4.  Chalk – Write on patio or sidewalk with chalk, wash off with water.

5Read Books – The children can sit on carpet squares or blankets or old sheets.

6.  Hide and Go Seek

7.  Red light, green light

8.  Mother May I

9.  Obstacle Course – Make one with things from your house/yard.

10. Collect Bugs

11. Have snack and/or lunch outside.

12. Play ball – soccer, football, kickball, catch or just throwing or bouncing a ball.

13. Shaving Cream – Have children play on trays or shower curtains (Have a tub of water nearby to rinse hands off).

14. Ride bikes, big wheels, tricycles.

15. Balloon Tether Ball – Blow up some balloons and tie ribbon or yarn  to it.  Attach to branches of a tree and let the children hit it. (Please be careful with balloons with young children, they are a choking hazard).

Many of the things needed for your child to have fun outside can be purchased at the Dollar Tree or Walmart.  I like to buy things inexpensively but I don’t want it to be so cheap that they break after a few uses.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Colossians 3:23 (KJV)



Hi!  My name is Marion and I am a first time blogger.  I chose the title “Teach Thy Child” because I am very passionate about children.  “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”  Psalm 127:3 New Living Translation (2007).  I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.

I have been working with children in various capacities for over thirty years.  I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education in the 70’s.  Since then I have been a school-age child care director and coordinator, family day care provider, homeschooled two of my children, pre-k teacher, assistant director, owner/director of my own preschool for eight years and most recently a preschool teacher of 3 & 4’s.

I love getting new ideas (it may not necessarily be new – but something I haven’t heard about) and trying them out with the children I am working with.  I enjoy sharing the ideas with others – teachers, co-workers, college students, parents, and anyone who is interested in teaching young children.

In this blog I would like to share ideas of things to do with children that are not very costly, are fun and creative, and help them develop great learning skills. 

Joining me on this blog is my daughter, Sarah.  She is a wife and mother to four beautiful children.  She is very passionate about children and loves trying out new things with them.  Sarah also plans on homeschooling her children.

Please join us on this journey as we explore the wonderful things you can do with young children.