Nature Net has great suggestions on fun ways to engage kids outside. From leaf rubbings and windchimes, to scat tracking and bird calls, these activities are great for kids (and adults!) of any age.
The Animal Game (which consists of thinking of an animal and getting other players to guess it - as described here) is another simple classic.
- collecting nature smells in small jars or unused film canisters and having others guess what they are.
- cloud gazing or star gazing. Who can find the most shapes or constellations?
- using magnifying glasses or your own eyes to see who can spot the most bugs in one tree/leaf pile/cup of soil/patch of grass.
- sack races, May poles, tag and other fun games will get your kids running around and burning off energy!