15 Backyard Learning Activities

The kids and I have been spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, and we've started to run out of new ideas. So I wanted to put together a little collection of learning activities that can be done right in the backyard! These activities combine gross motor skills, active play and natural curiosity to help children learn letters, numbers and science!
15 Backyard Learning Activities

Learning Letters & Sight Words Outdoors
Backyard Learning Activities: Letters

1. Watering an Alphabet Garden by Toddler Approved
2. ABC Garden Hunt by Fantastic Fun and Learning
3. Gross Motor Phonics Games by Learn Play Imagine
4. Sight Word Scavenger Hunt by Sugar Aunts
5. Letter Hop by It's a Long Story

Learning Numbers Outdoors
Backyard Learning Activities: Numbers

6. Number Splash! by And Next Comes L
7. Put out the Fire! Number Game by Toddler Approved
8. Math Fun in the Pool by Toddler Approved
9. Number Identification Life Sized Board Game by Coffee Cups and Crayons
10. Pedal for Numbers by Dabbling Momma

Learning Science & Nature Outdoors
Backyard Learning Activities: Science & Nature

11. Outdoor Color Matching Game by Nurture Store
12. Sink or Float by Buggy and Buddy
13. Homemade Giant Bubble Recipe by Happy Hooligans
14. Ice Experiments by Teach Mama
15. Nature Cuttings: Outdoor Scissor Skills by No Time for Flash Cards


Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. I love these! Maybe if we do the Put Out The Fire activity in our flower beds, I can get my girl to water the plants too :)

  2. Great ideas! Looking forward to linking up Thursday!