best outdoor activities

With so many of our go-to summer activities canceled this summer, families are spending more time with loved ones than ever before. We know staying inside is the best way to protect yourself (and others) from coronavirus, but what do you do when you're feeling a bit of cabin fever and run out of activities for your little ones?

We asked our Instagram mamas to share their favorite outdoor activities that keep littles entertained for hours.

Here are the best outdoor activities to play with your kids, according to Instagram mamas:

1. Water table —@kris_eleven

2. Running through a water fountain —@d_bz

3. Splashing in puddles —@higmz

4. Jumping on the trampoline —@tryingtobeaminimalist

5. Tag —@_ken_zee_029

6. Scooping up dirt —@missybam

7. Bike riding —@jenzduncan

8. Playing tag —@alanskyb

9. Chalk —@aarobbins9

10. Anything with the water hose —@theredqueen1013

11. Scooter —@l.noble_

12. Bubbles + trampolines —@liv0720

13. Playing with rocks —@jennacescon

14. Swings —@b.t.reed

15. Stare at construction vehicles —@caitlin.voegele

16. Anything active! Especially swimming —@ellie_a_fox

17. Being in the treehouse —@aatkisson

18. Stomping in puddles —@whoakenziekenz

19. Chasing the dog —@amy.knapke

20. Our swing set —@kaylaholt068

21. I've been making outdoor obstacles courses with things around the house and yard. —@sarahperry14

22. Catch! —@tasha.jace

23. Climbing —@kayleigh.paddick

24. Painting —@liannakushi

25. Sand + digging in the mud —@jnschoon

26. Bury toy dinos in a large area of dirt; it keep them busy for hours —@ashleyvrey

[This piece was originally published March, 2020. It has since been updated.]

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Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

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7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

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