In this post, I am going to share 9 different easy summer activities for your toddler.
Outdoor Summer Toddler Activities
I like to keep our shelves simple in the Summer because I try to get out of the house as much as possible. Especially now that we don’t live in Arizona we have been going out every single day so our shelf is really only for the morning time and in the evening while I cook dinner. On the days we need a little extra help during quiet time I like to set up one of these 9 super easy summer activities.
DIY 2 Ingredient Sidewalk Chalk Paint
This is a super-easy way to use up all your old pieces of chalk. You can check out my full blog post here.
This one is super fun and can be done in a bunch of different ways. First, we spent the day at the creek and collected different things we could try painting with. We loved making the leaf stamps and creating texture with the moss. The possibilities are endless and this is a great quiet time activity after playing outside all day.
This art project continues to be a hit! I found it on Pinterest using markers and a spray bottle but, since our markers are on the dry side I decided to use watercolors. All you need is coffee filters, watercolors, and some pipe cleaners. Paint in the coffee filters however you’d like (I highly recommend doing this outside or on an old towel because the watercolors will bleed through) and then lay them out to dry. Once dry, cut a pipe cleaner in half, squish two sides of the coffee filters together and twist the pipe cleaner around it. Fluff out the wings and fix the antennas. For the marker, way color on the coffee filter and spray it with water so the ink bleeds.
Save the Frozen Animals
I’ve done this activity with him in the past but he was never that interested. I think he was too young to understand the concept before but this time we have refrozen the animals 3 times this week alone. It’s super simple.
First, find any toy that can be frozen and not ruined, we used our Safari LTD Toobs. Then I placed them in a disposable aluminum baking pan and covered them with water. You can add food coloring if you’d like as well. I highly recommend the disposable pans if you don’t have large silicone pans because the ice pops right out and you can keep using it over and over. I freeze it for around 24 hours or until it’s completely frozen. When it’s time to save the animals I give Ryan a squirt bottle and a spray bottle with warm water. We even used salt last time. This activity is great for fine motor skills, problem-solving, and staying cool on a hot summer day.
Shop The Post
This one is as basic as it comes and keeps him entertained forever. We especially love this squirt bottle because his hands don’t get tired but a basic spray bottle works just as well. Basically, I fill it up and let him spray whatever he wants outside. He loves to water the plants, squirt ants, or spray the windows.
Indoor Summer Toddler Activities
Match the Ice Cream Numbers
Ryan has become obsessed with ice cream recently. He wakes up asking for in the morning. Ryan has also been extremely interested in numbers and counting. He hasn’t quite gotten the hang of number order, it’s more like 1,5,13, 2,5,6 but he is counting constantly. So I thought I would create a number/ice-cream activity for him. Needless to say, he has been obsessed.
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Popsicle Stick Puzzle
Ryan has been having so much fun with this Mudpuppy stick puzzle. I picked it up at a local children’s store and has been a perfect quiet time activity. It’s just the right amount of difficulty for him. There are 4 different puzzles one on each side the double-sided sticks.
Hape Wooden “Your Body Puzzle”
This beautiful puzzle was gifted to us at just the right time. Ryan has been very interested in where his brain and heart are so this was perfect to show him what’s under his skin. I love that each layer is different making this puzzle not too challenging for him. This one is currently sold out but I have linked a very similar one here.
Magnetic tiles are always a hit and never leave our shelves. Ryan has been super into building things. He has especially loved building single-color boxes so they are great for fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and color recognition. Check out my 10 Educational Magnetic Tile Activities Post.
If you try any of this out I’d love to hear about it!
If you’re looking for some Fall inspiration you can check out my post here.