Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or kid trying to find something different and to do with your downtime, you have hit the jackpot! The following 38 links offer many ways to “think outside the house”. No matter where you live or what you like to do, there are activities that you can be doing both inside and outside!
Pointless Games – If you are only going to visit one website from this entire list let it be this one. Bernie DeKoven’s pointless games are games that you can play with anyone for no particular reason other than the fun of it all and aren’t really competitive or necessarily cooperative.
How to make 100s of toys with trash
Free Interactive Activities for Kids - from Pete’s Power Point Station
Air Ball – Remember shooting hoops in the driveway or at the park? This page will remind you of some of the fun games you used to play and you can pass the tradition on.
Be a Part- This site will direct you towards quality organizations that can help your child develop physically, mentally and socially while learning life skills. Pick an afternoon or two a week and sign them up for a club that they can take pride in being a part of.
Biking with Tikes - Tips on two-wheeling it with your child.
Bird Watching for Kids - Get your child interested in watching birds and there will always be something to do outdoors. Learn how to attract birds to your area by providing houses and the right kind of birdfeed.
Campfire Games - Take it outdoors and stay outdoors with this handy resource that helps you prepare to go camping with your family. Explore outdoor cooking, hiking and campfire games using any of the resources available on this page.
Child’s Play – Preschool aged children just love to get messy. Explore this site for ideas suitable for one or a whole group of youngsters.
Constellations – Gazing at the stars can be fun AND educational. This site provides a variety of resources that can be used for stargazing.
Double Dutch- Remember the fun of jumping rope on the playground? This site has health facts mixed in with ideas for “jumpstarting” a healthy habit that is fun.
Dribbling – Basic guidelines for getting your younger children started playing basketball.
Flying High- Open this site to learn how to make your own kite and then find a big open field to fly it in. Kite flying is not just for the kids.
Future Masters- Advice from a Master Gardener program on how to get young people started gardening.
Gardening With Children – another good resource to the joys and benefits of gardening. With grocery prices soaring, now would be a great time to get your kids involved in gardening, even if it just pots on a patio.
Get Out and Go - The federal government is helping to encourage kids to go outside.
Giddyup- If there are stables near where you live, being involved with horses can help kids become more confident and can also lead to summer jobs.
Gone Fishing- A hook and line and a can of worms sounds simple enough but there may be more you need to know about fishing. This is your go-to site that is dedicated to getting another generation of anglers out baiting a hook.
Hook ‘em Up- This freshwater fishing guide is perfect for anyone considering loading up the car with your kids, grandkids or even the neighbor kids to go fishing. Reminds you to make the day about the kids and not your own personal experience.
Kickin’ It – Who knew that kickball had real rules and an official field? It doesn’t really matter as long as you play fair. Review the rules with the kids and send them out with a ball.
Kids Games. Over 250 games for kids.
Make a Splash- Swimming safety tips for young people can come in handy when the summer sun makes a dip in the water sound good.
My First Garden - With just a little bit of soil and a few seeds, you could start a small garden and share the joys of growing your own flowers or vegetables with your child’s help.
Natural Learning – Outdoor activities can be fun and educational at the same time. You can find a lot of great ideas and resources at this site.
Pitch A Tent- Exploring nature works for all ages and this page offers a variety of fun ideas for making a nature hike more exciting and maybe even accidentally educational.
Planting Good Habits – An expert from the botanical field shares her expertise with gardening with young children and teenagers.
Playing in the Dirt - Exercise, fresh air and fresh vegetables to boot! Study up on the many reasons why encouraging your kids to play in the dirt is better for everyone.
Playing It Safe - Share these water safety tips with your young people, especially if you are planning an outdoor adventure near any body of water.
Seasonal Fun- No matter the season, there is an activity list that you’ll find something fun to do with your child.
Shooting Stars - Get a brief introduction to the physicality of enjoying the sports of archery or canoeing
Sled Riding Safety Tips - If you are heading out to sled down some hills, it wouldn’t hurt to review the safety tips found here.
Take Me Fishing- An excellent little guide to the basic items to remember when taking the very young out to your favorite fishing hole.
Twinkle Twinkle- Outdoors activities don’t have to be limited to day time. Check out this site to find out when meteor showers will peak or find out whether those extra bright lights are stars or planets.
U.S. Kinds Golf Foundation- Learning golf alongside your children can give you something to enjoy with them into adulthood. Get your start here.
Whole Family Fun- Families looking for things to do outdoors with children age 6 – 10 should definitely enjoy looking through the many suggestions on this site. Whether you are in the country or city, find activities that fit your budget and your location.
Winter Sports Tips – Play it safe when playing in the cold. Learn important information about keeping warm while enjoying winter fun.
YMCA: Y Not Join? -Find your local YMCA and check out what programs are available that will get your kids off the couch and on their feet.
Your Own Backyard – Choose this site to learn how to utilize what outdoor space you have available and make your child’s time outdoors educational and fun.