Entertaining toddlers over the summer months can be a huge challenge.
As the summer looms, no doubt parents and grandparents everywhere are wondering just what they will do to keep toddlers and young children entertained throughout these long months!
There are a lot of camps and other programs available for older kids but choices for toddlers tend to be slim if at all. And, when there are choices, they usually only last for a brief part of the summer months.
As I daydream about having my little DaniBug hang out with me this summer (fingers & toes crossed), I’ve given a lot of thought to what our days might be like.
As a rambunctious toddler, the last thing Daniella will want is to be cooped up in a house all day with me and her papa!
Although Mickey and Minnie are my neighbors, hanging out with them on the regular is waaaaay too expensive so I’ve come up with these 5 creative ways to entertain her if by some slim chance I get to have her with me for any length of time. (I know, I know, wishful thinking, but you never know!!!!)
Out of the house:
- Playgrounds: Visit your neighborhood playground. In many neighborhoods, there are playgrounds nearby that offer a safe and playful environment. Most are equipped with equipment that are highly entertaining for toddlers. Have you ever seen a toddler on a swing?
- The Library: Many libraries cater to toddlers and small children and offer free activities. Check out your local library to see what they have going on during the summer. You might be surprised at how much there is to experience.
- Farms: If you live in an area with local farms, many offer self-picking options. Even if they do not, many will allow you to bring your toddler along for a visit. What better way to teach your toddler about where food comes from.
- Museums: Even if your toddler does not understand what they see at a museum, just the exposure to new things is sure to peak their natural curiosity!
- Shopping: Yes, I said shopping! Taking your toddler on a shopping trip with the intended purpose of letting them browse and make selections based on a predetermined budget is a great way to begin teaching them about money.
Stay at home fun:
- Dress Up – Playing dress up is perhaps the number one activity that all toddlers love to do. Collect inexpensive items year round to add to the dress-up chest for hours of fun! Add a twist by creating different themes each time.
- Color me fun – A great way to teach your toddler is to play the color me fun game. Simply choose a color of the day and help your toddler find things around the house that match.
- Conga Line – Every toddler loves to dance! Turn up the volume and start a conga line around the house. Have someone videotape it for family keepsake!
- Plastic Bowling – Line up plastic items from your kitchen and use a large ball for knocking them down! No ball? No problem. Just use a plastic dish with a lid on it!
- At The Zoo – Collect inexpensive stuffed animals at your dollar store. Pretend that they are alive and make the sounds associated with each animal while you take your toddler on a tour of the zoo!
Want more ideas?
What are some of the ways you plan to entertain the toddler in your life this summer?
As always, wishing you happy times until our paths cross again!
GrannyOwl and DaniBug