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Summer is here and you have kids to keep happy; this list of summer activities for toddlers is just what you need. Filled with more than two dozen easy, free activities, your toddler is in for a summer of memorable fun!
Summer can throw a lot of parents into a whirlwind of overwhelm because the change in routine, the often oppressive heat, the longer sunshine filled hours, and shift in family dynamics can all contribute to mayhem.
But you can totally circumvent all that if you have a list of ideas to pull from. A simple activity each day will do a lot to keep your toddler happy and having fun this summer…and keep you sane.
More Than 2 Dozen Fun & Easy Activities For Toddlers
- Outdoor Tea Party
- Rainbow Ooblek
- Shaving Cream Sensory Play
- Chalk Paint
- Finger Painting
- Homemade Finger Paint
- Finger Painting with Blackberries
- Painting Rocks
- Frozen Water Beads
- Make Sno Cones
- Make Bubbly Bear Popsicles
- Make a Fairy Garden
- Blow Bubbles With Homemade Bubble Wands
- Bowling (use old bottles or cans and a soft ball)
- Go Berry Picking
- Make A Garden Xylophone
- Ride a tricycle
- Run In The Sprinkler
- Put Puzzles Together
- Make Color Sand Patterns in a Bottle
- Paper Plate Crafts
- Spray Bottle Art
- Play In A Kiddie Pool
- Make Ice Cream Cones
- Catch Frogs and Release Them
- Go Butterfly Hunting
- Color Themed Scavenger Hunt
- Beach Themed Scavenger Hunt
- Make a Blanket Fort
For more summer ideas and books to read to go along with your summer toddler activities, check out these book-themed summer fun ideas.
Tips For Having Fun With Toddlers
While things are different in the summer, here are a few tips for minimizing the chaos.
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
Your kids don’t need you to make elaborate, expensive, hard to execute plans. Simple is good…it makes your life easier so you’re more able to enjoy the activity.
And pro tip from a mom of 8? The more fun you’re having, the more fun your kids will have!
Even if all you do is pick something the night before, waking up with a general plan will help keep things moving slowly.
KEEP THE ROUTINE
Even if the times you do things are different, keep the routine the same. Just because you wake up late, doesn’t mean you can’t still do the same things in the same order.
Routine is comforting for little ones, and helps keep the whole family on track.