Low-Prep Activities You Can Do in Your Own Backyard

Getting outside for fresh air and being active are important for physical and mental health. If you can’t go far, and even with it being Winter in some parts of the world right now, we can still do some fun activities outside that aren’t difficult to set up and don’t require expensive equipment. Some even none at all!

Here are some activities that people of all ages can enjoy that you can do right in your own backyard, no matter the time of year:

  • Build a Snowman/Woman/Family
  • Sledding/Tobogganing
  • Snowball fight
  • Fetch with dog(s)
  • Catch or Tag
  • Gardening

Build a Snowman/Woman/Family

Do you wanna build a snowman? If you have snow that’s a little wet, this a great and fun way to move some snow aside. All you need (outside of the snow being the right texture) is a carrot for the nose, maybe twigs for arms and some accessories, like a hat and scarf, which you’d probably have anyway.


If you have even a small incline and it doesn’t lead to an unsafe location, like a busy street or near trees, you can sled or toboggan. You could even create one by piling some snow if you have no inclines. If you can’t afford a toboggan, there are cheap, plastic sleds you could buy at a dollar store or Walmart.

Snowball Fight

Again, this will depend on the texture of the snow. I would also watch out for ice and rocks and perhaps have a rule where you aim low, meaning not at anyone’s head…

Fetch With a Dog(s)

If you have a dog or dogs, get them in on the fun too! All you need is a tennis ball or any ball that isn’t too small (you wouldn’t want your dog to swallow it) or big (where they couldn’t carry it). You could also use a frisbee or a small branch.

Catch or Tag

Remember how fun it was to play catch or tag? All you need is a ball that’s not too heavy to throw and at least two people and tag is a great way to help the kids get some energy out by chasing each other around.


Gardening is a great activity for all ages. If you don’t have the ground ready, it’s not too hard to dig a small patch of earth to work with. You just need to watch out for weeds. You could also buy pots and dirt from your local gardening center. Of course, they also sell seeds for you to grow anything from herbs, flowers, or your favorite veggies.

Or, if you’d rather not wait, you could buy transplants from the garden center that were grown already, that you just put in the ground, or even just leave in the pot and water.

This is not only a fun and relaxing way to get exercise, but you’ll also be growing food for yourself and your family, or at least have something beautiful to look at if you pick flowers. Or you could grow both!