To celebrate Our January Outdoors, here are one hundred ways to get outside with your children. All these ideas are things our family love to do, they require very little set up and most cost almost nothing.
1. Take a walk around your neighbourhood.
2. Hang out the washing and let your child play with the pegs or sit in the empty basket.
3. Roll a ball together
4. Bounce a ball against the wall
5. Draw on the pavement with chalk
6. Paint on the pavement with water.
7. Make chalk paint with chalk and water
8. Dig in a patch of dirt with an old cake tin and a spoon
9. Go fruit picking.
10. Visit a playground.
11. Draw with pencils and paper on clipboards in the garden
12. Fly a kite
13. Watch the sunrise
14. Swim in a river
15. Eat breakfast outside in your pyjamas
16. Walk through a forest
17. Run up and down a hill
18. Read a chapter book on a picnic rug
19. Make a tower out of stones
20. Play in a pile of Autumn Leaves
21. Water the garden
22. Meet friends for lunch at a park
23. Shop at the farmers' market
24. Make a leaf crown
25. Play dress-ups outside
26. Make shadow puppets on the wall in the afternoon light
27. Explore a community garden
28. Make a cubby in a shrub or bush
29. Use a vegetable peeler and sandpaper and practice whittling sticks
30. Visit a local farm.
31. Slide down a hill on a cardboard box
32. Climb a tree
33. Pack a backpack and head outside for a pretend adventure
34. Play in the rain
35. Dance in the puddles left by the rain.
36. Crack seasonal nuts open with hammers
37. Count the birds
38. Paint with watercolours in the garden
39. Play with beach toys and beach towels in the backyard
40. Scooter along a walking track
41. Visit an Arboretum
42. Make mud pies
43. Collect kindling
44. Light a fire
45. Toast marshmallows
46. Pop popcorn over a fire
47. Bake cheesy camp-fire potatoes
48. Fill a wheelbarrow with garden weeds
49. Pretend a stick is a magic wand
50. Play hide and seek
51. Take a nap in the sunshine
52. Visit a public garden
53. Drink tea in a leafy courtyard cafe
54. Make a fairy garden with flowers and pebbles
55. Skip with a skipping rope
56. Plant a tree
57. Go on a bush walk, looking for wildlife
58. Jump off a tree stump
59. Take musical instruments outside
60. Climb a mountain
61. Ride a ferry
62. Make a driftwood pirate ship
63. Walk to your local library
64. Fill muffin trays with water and petals
65. Do leaf-shading or leaf-rubbing on paper using crayons
66. Plant strawberry runners in an old wheel-barrow
67. Dig for worms
68. Make a garden potion
69. Throw rocks in a stream.
70. Build a sandcastle
71. Lie in a hammock
72. Race leaf boats
73. Watch the sunset
74. Plant seeds in an egg carton
75. Spread mulch over new seedlings
78. Shell fresh peas in the garden.
79. Weave a necklace out of string and seashells
80. Meet friends to kick a ball on an oval
81. Make a daisy chain
82. Make balance beams out of fallen trees
83. Walk to a friend's house
84. Climb a haystack
85. Visit a wetland
86. Make lemonade
87. Pick posies of garden flowers
88. Walk a dog (borrow a friend's dog, if you don’t have your own).
89. Set up a tent in the backyard
90. Play hopscotch
91. Play with dolls outside
92. Collect rubbish from your local beach or river, make it a treasure hunt.
93. Go for a bike ride
94. Have running races on the sand.
95. Catch a cabbage moth with a net
96. Scrump summer fruit
97. Run under the sprinkler
98. Have an outdoor bath
99. Read stories on the front steps
100. Say bedtime prayers, looking up at the moon.
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