Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Activities for Toddlers

Pin It Now! Starting in late spring/early summer I began an informal list of things that I wanted to do with Avery this summer.  It's our last summer as a family of 3 and I wanted her to have a lot of fun and have some quality time with us.  Some of the activities are things we can do as a family on the weekend and others are things for Avery and I to do just the two of us (or with our mom group) during the week.  As time has gone on, the list has grown and though I don't think we will have time to get to everything on the list, we are going to do as many as we can (and maybe save some of them as special activities to do with Avery after the new baby comes- Eric is taking 3 weeks off and we want to be sure to spoil her with attention, too).  Here is our....

Summer "Bucket List"

Places to go...
- Nearby state park for a nature walk
- Zoo
- Botanical Gardens (St. Louis and one here in town)
- Grant's Farm
- Butterfly House
- Magic House 
- On a picnic
- Swimming pool
- Splash pad
- Farmer's Market
- Out for ice cream
- Strawberry picking
- Library
- Horse Stables
- Tour candy shop (make and sell best candy in town)
- Play at the park (try to go to as many different ones as we can, as well as our favorites)
- Huge fish tank at Bass Pro Shop

Things to do...
- Play with sidewalk chalk
- Paint with water
- Play in the rain
- Plant seeds and watch them grow
- Sensory tub with dirt (something like this or this
- Play with shaving cream
- Fly a kite or balloon kite
- Play in the mud
- Play with an ice block
- Make and play with a toddler sprinkler
- Play with water balloons
- "Swim" in kiddie pool in backyard

Food to make...
- Mini personal pizza
- Cookies
- Smoothies
- Ice Cream floats (root beer or cream soda)

Crafts to do...
- Finger paint
- Edible necklace
- Make and play with bathtub puffy paint 
- Handprint/footprint craft (thinking garden stone)
- Decorate t-shirts (one for Avery and one for baby #2)

We have a good start on the list and have been having a great time doing them, it has definitely kept us busy.  I love that it makes what we are doing more intentional and we don't have those "what in the world are we going to do today" moments, we simply look at the list and pick something that interests us! Anything in particular you have done or are planning on doing this summer with your toddler or preschooler?  I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. I love this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Nicolette! We have been having a great time checking them off the list!

  3. Hey now that's what I call a summer to-do list!

  4. I love this list! I'll be making a copy for us to see how much we can accomplish this summer! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a wonderful list but we also attend our local story time and kids movie camp.