Backyard Springtime Activities for Kids

Mar 10, 2017 by

Sure, the first day of spring might not officially be until March 20, but for some of us the warm weather is already rolling in! Spring is in the air, and it’s time to plan for some fun outdoor activities to enjoy with our youngsters!

Here are 3 fun backyard activities your kids will love!

1. Backyard Olympics

Hosting your own backyard Olympics is a super fun way to get creative and active with your kids. There are so many different games and races you can design yourself with some basic supplies like pool noodles, buckets and bean bags. The Hoosier Homemade blog had some great ideas that we loved, and one of our favorites was the water bucket relay because it’s simple and fun.

Water bucket relay (courtesy of Hoosier Homemade)

Water bucket relay (courtesy of Hoosier Homemade)

Water Bucket Relay 

For a water bucket relay, you’ll need teams of at least two people, two buckets per team (one filled with water and one empty), and one small cup per team.

To play, line up each team’s full bucket. About 15 feet cross from the row of full buckets, line up each team’s empty bucket. Set the clock for however many minutes you want each race to last (we recommend 3 or 5 minutes). When the timer starts, each team member fills up their cup with water from their full bucket, rushes it across the way (trying to spill as little water as possible!), dumps the water into the empty bucket and brings the cup back to the next teammate who’s waiting by the full bucket.

When the time’s up, the team that’s managed to transfer the most water to their previously empty bucket wins! If you want to make the game more challenging, use a plastic or Styrofoam cup with a hole poked in the bottom, and make team members carry it over their heads!

For more great backyard Olympics ideas, visit Hoosier Homemade.

2. Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Spring Scavenger Hunt

A Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt is a wonderful way to get the entire family outside and to bring their attention to aspects of nature just outside your front door that they might typically overlook. Nature has so much to offer, even if you live in an urban setting, and this scavenger hunt is a great way to discover the land around you.

Use this template for your scavenger hunt, which asks hunters to find things like “something warm from the sun” and “a bird chirping.”

3. Backyard Field Guide

Backyard Field Guide (courtesy of

Backyard Field Guide (courtesy of

One of the great things about creating your own backyard field guide is that it’s an activity you can do once, or throughout a certain season, or even throughout the entire year! Backyard field guides are journals that describe, in as much detail as you’d like, anything natural that can be found in your yard. If you don’t have a yard, you can make a field guide to your favorite park!

Creating a field guide involves both outdoor and indoor activities—exploring and documenting what you see outside by writing about it, drawing or photographing it, and any research or additional writing you’d like to do indoors. Once complete, the guide will be something to cherish for years to come.

You can get more great ideas about how to create a backyard field guide over at the National Wildlife Federation Blog.

What other great ways do you enjoy the warm weather outdoors with your children? Tell us in the comments below!

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