Fun Summer Activities to Keep your Toddler Busy!

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10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler

Now that it’s warm, Henry is obsessed with playing outside. (He’s also figured out how to unlock and open our storm doors, too, so we’re looking for some kind of child-proofing solution so we don’t have to sit in the dark all day. But that’s another story!)

He loves running around in the grass, collecting mulch in my watering can, picking my freshly planted flowers, and waving at cars. We have a swing and a little slide in our backyard for him that he loves, but I’ve found myself trying to think of additional things we can do to keep him busy.

I’ve put together a list of fun things to do with your toddler during the Summer, because even though it’s finally warm outside and you’ve probably been planning activities and looking forward to getting outdoors for months, it’s still helpful to have suggestions so your little one doesn’t get bored!

((A big, huge THANK YOU to RoseArt for sponsoring this post!))

PS There’s a GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post, so don’t forget to enter to win! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler

  1. Have them help with watering plants and flowers. I use the term “help” loosely because it’s more likely that a toddler will want to play in the water, but that’s OK!
  2. Let them play in a baby pool of water when it gets really hot.
  3. Have any cardboard boxes laying around? Cut along the edges and lay flat for toddlers to finger paint (with washable, non-toxic paints!)
  4. If you don’t feel like dealing with the mess of paint, just let your toddler play with paintbrushes and WATER! They can “paint” the sidewalk or cardboard boxes. Less cleanup!
  5. Find a nearby park and go for a walk or let your toddler play on the swings and slides.
  6. Give your toddler spoons, cups, and little plastic shovels and let them dig in the dirt or in a sandbox. Seriously – a little dirt won’t hurt them! ;)
  7. Take popsicles out in the backyard, strip your toddler down to their diaper, and let them enjoy without fear of getting clothes sticky and messy! Just be prepared for a little cleanup afterward. ;)
  8. Get out the bubbles, and let them chase and pop as you blow the bubbles, or let them blow if they’re old enough.
  9. If you want to take bubbles to the next level, fill up several buckets/containers with cool water and soap. Let your toddler stir, stick their hands and feet in, or spill on the driveway.
  10. Chalk! RoseArt offered to send some fun new items from their Spring line, and since they arrived, Henry has been carrying them around the house just waiting for a day when we could go outside and play with them. For about two weeks straight it seemed like it was always raining, or we were doing something else that was keeping us busy (like breaking ground on the first SLH home!). But at the first chance we got, we went outside to play with some chalk!And this is no ordinary chalk, guys. I mean RoseArt still has the traditional stuff, but the things they sent us were more like a chalk paint – you mix the chalk dust with water, and the result is super vibrant drawings!

10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler

Items pictured: Jumbo Paint Brushes, Buckets of Sidewalk Chalk Paint, and Shake ‘n Roll Chalk Rollers. I didn’t get a photo of the Sidewalk Chalk Stamp and Stencil set before we ripped open the package, but Henry loved them just as much! 10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler 10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler

10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler 10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler 10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler 10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler 10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler

Giveaway time!!  [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

One of you will win a RoseArt Jumbo Paint Brush set and a Summer Stamper. For a chance to win: leave a comment below and tell me one FUN thing you have planned for this Summer!!

FYI: I’ll be running the contest on my Instagram account, as well, so for double entries head over and enter there as well! (Click here to visit me on Instagram)10 outdoor activities to do this summer with your toddler

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Gladys
    May 18, 2017 at 2:56 am

    We are planning to do a lot of boating and swimming at the lake with our kids and we are looking forward to it.

    • Reply
      lifeonshadylane
      May 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      That sounds sooo fun – I love love love the lake (and boating!)

    • Reply
      lifeonshadylane
      May 23, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Gladys! You’re the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please see your inbox – you should have an email waiting from me! :)

      • Reply
        Gladys
        May 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        Thank you so much! Looking forward to some drawing fun with my kids.

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    Katie
    May 18, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Love the sidewalk chalk paint! My toddler loves regular chalk so I need to look into that!! We have already spent a ton of time outside with bubbles, chalk, and on the swing set, which I think is what our summer will consist of!

    • Reply
      lifeonshadylane
      May 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Yeah we love regular chalk at our house too but this stuff is even more fun! It’s a little messy, but washable! ;)

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    Luci
    May 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Such a cute post! We can’t wait to go on our beach vacation to North Carolina!

    • Reply
      lifeonshadylane
      May 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Oh my gosh that sounds SO FUN! I love North Carolina!

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    Sandy
    May 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Henry is so cute, Megan! He looks so much like Brandon did when we lived next door to them! We’re looking forward to a summer trip to our condo at Lake Okoboji, Iowa in July, with our little Henry!

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      lifeonshadylane
      May 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much Sandy! Henry is Brandon’s TWIN! :) Lake Okoboji is fun – that sounds like such a great time.

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    Bridgett Lauerman
    May 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Excited for pool fun and visiting the zoo!

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    May 18, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    “Helping” in the garden and coloring with sidewalk chalk were two of my favorite things as a kid! I’m totally reliving childhood and wondering if I could just come hang out with you guys this summer :). SO MUCH FUN!

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      lifeonshadylane
      May 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Ha Ha YES I loved those things as a kid too! Come hang with us, we’ll be playing with sidewalk chalk all summer hahaha!!

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    Jenn
    May 19, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Play in the pool, go to the beach, go to museums.

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      lifeonshadylane
      May 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Jenn! The beach sounds amazing – I wish I was doing that this summer!

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    Katrina Brockavich
    May 22, 2017 at 1:14 am

    We are planning to go camping in a tent with all 4 kids this summer!

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      lifeonshadylane
      May 23, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      OH my gosh I love tent camping!!! I’m 5 1/2 months pregnant or else we’d go this summer too – LOL I don’t think I could handle it this summer (maybe next!!)

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