Spring Outdoor Play Activities for Preschoolers

By Cerise Pelley

spring outdoor play activities for preschoolers


Spring Outdoor Play Activities for Preschoolers


Welcome to the great outdoors, where every blade of grass, every chirping bird and every gust of wind holds the promise of adventure and discovery. For preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years, outdoor play isn't just about fun and games—it's a transformative learning experience that shapes their growth and development in profound ways. Today, let's embark on a journey beyond the classroom and homeschool walls and explore the boundless possibilities of outdoor play for preschoolers.


Nature Scavenger Hunt


Take preschoolers on a scavenger hunt to discover signs of spring, such as blooming flowers, chirping birds, and buzzing insects. Provide them with a checklist or pictures to identify different items in nature.

Benefits: Encourages observation skills, curiosity, and appreciation for the natural world.

Literacy Link: We're Going On A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger


Planting A Garden


Let children get their hands dirty by planting seeds or seedlings in a garden bed or pots. Teach them about the life cycle of plants and the importance of caring for living things.

Benefits: Teaches responsibility and patience to preschool children.

Literacy Link: The Tiny Seed Board Book by Eric Carle


Butterfly Garden Exploration


In a designated area of your outdoor space, plant flowers that attract butterflies and provide a habitat for these beautiful creatures. As the flowers bloom, preschool children can observe the life cycle of butterflies. Provide magnifying glass for close-up observation of butterflies and other life found among the blooms.

Benefits: Promotes scientific inquiry, environmental awareness, and social-emotional growth.

Literacy Link: Waiting for Wings by Lois Elhert


Outdoor Music Station


Set up an outdoor music station using recycled materials and natural objects. Hang pots and pans from a tree branch to create a makeshift xylophone, arrange stones of varying sizes for children to tap and drum on, and provide sticks for rhythm-making on different surfaces.

Benefits: Promotes sensory stimulation, creative expression, social interaction and cultural appreciation.

Literacy Link: Becker’s Music Moves Us Book Set by various authors.


In Conclusion


Outdoor play in Spring is more than just fun; it's a vital aspect of childhood development. Incorporating these engaging activities into your preschooler's routine will nurture their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. So, grab your sunscreen, put on your explorer hats, and embark on educational outdoor adventures with your little ones today!


What are your favorite outdoor play activities for preschoolers?


Cerise PalleyAfter earning her teaching certification via an alternative teaching certification pathway, Cerise taught elementary students from kindergarten through 6th grade in Florida and in Colorado. For more than a decade, she crafted engaging, research based lessons that brought out the natural curiosity of her students. When she isn’t learning about the latest teaching practices and techniques, she can be found hiking the mountains near her Colorado home, working in the garden or crocheting stuffed animals for her friends and neighbors.