30 Outdoor Things To Do Before Kindergarten

Mini Mountaineers is a program for families with kids aged 2-5 to partake in activities to inspire a lifetime love for nature. Check out this list for ideas of what to do with your mini, and sign up for our new class of Mini Mountaineers!
Katie Love Katie Love
Associate Youth Program Manager
September 15, 2019

My first outdoor memory is seeing the perfect pinecone. It was big and sturdy and had lots of surface area for decorating. I leaned down to pick it up and in the process dropped some of the many that I already had in my arms. I struggled to pick them all up, desperately wanting to bring home as many pinecones as my young arms could hold. I helplessly looked up at my mom and she, tired of this routine, patiently told me I could only take what I could carry.

We were almost home from walking my older sisters to school and had a morning of crafts ahead of us. My mom had a knack for bringing the outdoors in. We pressed leaves and flowers, collected sea glass and heart-shaped rocks in big jars, and my favorite, glued as much glitter as possible on pinecones. These activities instilled a lifelong love of nature.

There are countless outdoor activities young ones can do to inspire a love for nature in the next generation. Here is a list of memories you can create with the little mountaineer in your life before they start school.

30 things to do outdoors before kindergarten

  • Splash in puddles
  • Jump into a pile of fall leaves
  • Make a snow angel 
  • Feel the bark of a tree

  • Go on a picnic
  • Find shapes in the clouds
  • Grow a plant from a seed
  • Explore the tide pools of Discovery Park

  • Find something in nature that's every color of the rainbow
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Practice your best owl call 
  • Read a book in your backyard

  • Pick wild blackberries
  • Swim in a lake
  • Press flowers
  • Balance on a log

  • Watch ducks and their ducklings
  • Go sledding
  • Make a leaf rubbing with crayons

  • Walk on crunchy fall leaves
  • Paint a pet rock
  • Hike on a trail leaving no trace
  • Search for mushrooms on the side of a trail

  • Watch a sunrise
  • Make a wish on a dandelion
  • Decorate your house with paper snowflakes
  • Go rock climbing

  • Follow a bug
  • Stop and listen - to the wind, birds, water, and so much more.
  • Explore with loved ones

Be A Part of Mini Mountaineers

Do you have a 2- to 5-year-old who would like to check some of these activities off the list? The second season of Mini Mountaineers is just around the corner! Mini Mountaineers is a community of families exploring together to inspire a love for the outdoors in the future stewards of our planet. The Seattle course opens on September 20! 

Learn more and register

Join the conversation: Please comment below with your first outdoor memory!