Summer is finally here! It’s time to put away the indoor activities and go outside to play more. And, if you are worried that your kid will tend to spend more time playing indoors, our 6 summer activities for toddlers can help you with it.
Meet your Veggies.
You can try to shake things up a little bit by going to a farmers’ market instead of buying in a normal grocery with your toddler. This is way more entertaining for your child because they can see a lot of activities and products. Besides fruits and vegetables, most farmers’ markets also feature other fun things like amazing foods or live music. All of that makes the trip to the farmers’ market become fabulous sensory experience for every kid.
Also, there are some activities you can do to make this experience more fun like letting your child be in charge of purchasing small things. And, it gives them the opportunity to show their independence. On top of that, you should let your toddler weigh their items and handle the money too. Normally, farmers will set out samples for customers to try. So, take this advantage and try new foods with your child. You should encourage touching and smelling the veggies, so your toddler can learn more about natural products if it’s ok with the farmers.
Camping in the Yard
It’s totally fine if you can’t find a campground for your family’s weekend in summer. So, set up a tent in your backyard and spend the night underneath the stars with your kids instead. For your toddler, it isn’t different from a normal camping trip. This backyard camping can also be a great opportunity to do other bonding activities like hide-and-seek or playing catch too. In addition, you can construct a backyard obstacle course with hula hoops, jump ropes, and other materials around the house. So, your toddlers can have some fun exercise and compete with everyone.
Sponge Water Bombs
This is an amazing activity and it also keeps you and your kid cool in the summer! Sponge water bombs are so easy to make. Also, you will need 3 sponges for each water bomb you make. First, cut the sponges into thirds. Then, you need to stack 9 pieces together and use a rubber band to tie around the center of the stack. Fluff out the sponge pieces and you are ready to play.
For this water game, you will need more than 2 players and a couple of water buckets. The goal is to throw the sponge bombs into each other’s buckets! Whoever gets the most sponge bombs in other person’s buckets, wins! Or, you can just throw it to each other and have fun. Also, you would be amazed that your kids are just willing to clean the car with their sponge water bombs after playing.
Whether you live in a big city or the suburbs, chances are there’s a playground with a sandbox nearby. If you can’t find one, making a sandbox in your backyard isn’t that difficult. Because most kids fancy big trucks, diggers, or cranes and I’m sure your toddler has a toy like that too. So, bring their toys to the playground or your sandbox at home and let your toddler be creative. Also, you can join them and start digging or building structures from the sand to let your child learn the basics. During sandbox play, your toddler can become completely immersed in their imagined mini-world. And, it not only helps them to strengthen their fingers and hands muscles but also develop their imagination.
One of the easiest ways to have fun outside in summer is blowing bubbles. All you need is just soap and water. Encourage your kid to help you measure and make the bubble mixture so they will know how to do it on their own after, then let the fun begin!
Another creative way to play with bubbles is bubble painting. Kids absolutely love to pain, and it’s even better when they can do it with bubbles. So, combining both of them then you can have an activity for your toddler to enjoy hours. It’s really simple, you just need to add some liquid food coloring in the bubble mixture. Make sure you stir it gently because the bubbles don’t work so well when the mixture is all bubbly. After that, tip a little bubble mixture into a tray or cup (one for each color). There you go, now you and your child are ready to make some beautiful bubbler paintings!
Exploring New Playgrounds.
Just because you and your toddler get tired of the same old swings or slide doesn’t mean you two won’t enjoy exploring a park that’s a little further from your house. Sometimes, a new scene, a different kind of playground equipment, or even a new face is enough to make an adventure. So, take a walk or drive around and explore the world with your kid.
Summer is a great time not only to bond with your toddler but also to the whole family and friends. So, try to put your work aside for a little bit if it’s possible and have fun with everyone. This will give your kid the childhood that they need. If you have a favorite toddler activity that’s not there, please let us know in the comments!