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Jun 18

Outdoor Activities That’ll Make Your Toddler’s Summer Look Like the Ones of Your Childhood

Outdoor Summer Activities For Toddlers


When I look back on my own childhood, most of the memories I have from the summertime take place outside — riding bikes with friends, jumping into my grandparents’ pool, creating masterpieces with sidewalk chalk on the driveway, washing my dad’s car. If you’re looking for ways to get your toddler (and even older kids) to put down the screens to have a Summer experience that looks like those of your own childhood, it’s high time to get them outside and making memories in the sunshine.

Scroll through for a mix of outdoor activities — most free, but some paid — that your toddler will love and remember for years to come.

Send Them on a Photo Scavenger Hunt

Give them a list of things to photograph outside, like flowers, rocks, and clouds.

Make S’mores

There’s nothing more classic than making s’mores over an open fire in the Summer.


Visit Every Local Playground

Make it a mini bucket list of sorts — hit every local playground, then decide which is the fan favorite to keep returning to!

Teach Them How to Ride a Bike

Whether a balance bike, a bike with training wheels, or the real two-wheel deal, Summer is the perfect time to teach your kids how to ride a bike.

Create Sidewalk Chalk Masterpieces

A little bit of sidewalk chalk goes a long way — play tic-tac-toe, teach them how to write sight words, or encourage them to create a masterpiece.

Eat Meals Outside

Afternoon tea, lunch, breakfast, dinner — you name a meal, it can be eaten outside.

Have an Outdoor Photo Shoot

Dress up your toddler in their favorite outfit and find fun places to take their photo around town — they’ll make for great holiday card photos!

Read a Book in the Fresh Air

Even if they don’t have assigned Summer reading, suggest they curl up in a lawn chair or sprawl out on a picnic blanket to listen to you read them a new book in the fresh air.

Look For Shapes in the Clouds

Set out a blanket on the lawn and look for fun shapes in the clouds together.

Splash in the Puddles After a Rainy Day

Following a Summer storm, pull on their rain boots and some clothes you don’t mind them getting muddy, and let them splash around in the puddles.

Teach Them How to Swim

Not only is learning how to swim an important skill, but it’s also a fun thing to learn! Take your toddler to the pool this Summer to teach them some tips (or sign them up for classes at your local pool, which may not be outdoors but is still a good thing to invest in!).

Eat Homemade Popsicles

Let the kids help you in the kitchen with homemade popsicles, then enjoy them outside once they’re frozen.


Written By: Alessia Santoro

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