Fun Outdoor Activities that Inspire Creative Thinking

Thursday - July 24, 2014

Creative thinking leads to better problem solving and critical thinking skills, and these outdoor activities are perfect exercises to encourage it.


The great outdoors are ripe with natural opportunities to learn and teach, especially in the warm weather of the spring and summer. If you’re looking for an opportunity to encourage your child to think creatively, head outside with one or more of these fun activities:

1.       Cloud hunting. Look up at the clouds and describe what you see. Play an “I Spy” style game, describing something you see up above and seeing if your child can guess which cloud you’re referring to.

2.       Pine cone crafts. Take paints, glue, glitter, and features like pipe cleaners and googly eyes outside with you and decorate pine cones you find (or acorns, depending on what trees are around).

3.       Create environments for insects. Use mason jars to build temporary housing for insects and bugs, and catch them for examination. Just be sure to release them when you’re all done.

4.       Build sculptures from the environment. If you’re fortunate enough to live near a beach, build things out of sand. Otherwise, use what you have around you—sticks, rocks, and leaves can all be used to construct elaborate masterpieces.

5.       Sketch what you see. Take sketchbooks out with you and have your child sketch random things that he/she sees, including plants, animals, and other scenery.

6.       Use sidewalk paint or chalk. A handful of colors can lead to endless possibilities drawn out on the sidewalk or driveway.

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