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Summer Toddler Activities

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On those rainy days bring summer inside with these summer toddler activities. Turn off the screens and have some fun with one of these wonderful ideas for your toddler.

I love simple and easy ideas that can get your toddler engaged. They are usually the messy ones but it’s summer and you can do it all outside if needed as long as the weather is cooperating.

We spend all of our time outdoors since our winters are so long. I know it can become a challenge to find something that will occupy your toddler for more than 5 minutes so here’s a wonderful list of places to get started.

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Fun summer toddler activities

Summer Toddler Activities

Goopy Grass Sensory Play

A simple activity using grass from your backyard can turn into an amazing sensory experience for your toddler.

Flower Sensory Soup

Collect some flowers from your backyard or on a nature walk to create this amazing sensory soup that will keep your toddler busy.

Shaving Cream Sensory Soup

Yes, you have this in your cupboard, turn it into a fun sensory play activity for your toddler.

Kids Butterfly Garden – Mother’s Niche

Watch caterpillars grow into butterflies with this butterfly garden. It can help teach young toddlers basic science, and responsibility.

Pouring Station Activity – Busy Toddler

On a hot summer day, create this toddler pouring station as a way to cool off.

Toddler Heart Collage – Artsy Momma

Painting with toddlers is a must for a good time! All you’ll need is different colored paint, papers, and when it’s all dry, scissors! This activity can also make great cards or gifts for dad or grandpa and grandma.

Fun Water Play Literacy Activities – School Time Snippets

Learning letters can’t be more fun than this cold activity that’s great for summer days. Let your kids go sailing with their letters today!

Recommended Summer Toddler Books

To extend any of the toddler activities for summer, read one of these cool summer books with your little one.

I See SummerI See SummerI See SummerHow to Catch a MermaidHow to Catch a MermaidHow to Catch a MermaidHello, World! Backyard BugsHello, World! Backyard BugsHello, World! Backyard BugsBaby Loves Summer!: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books)Baby Loves Summer!: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books)Baby Loves Summer!: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books)Good Night Summer (Good Night Our World)Good Night Summer (Good Night Our World)Good Night Summer (Good Night Our World)Llama Llama Learns to SwimLlama Llama Learns to SwimLlama Llama Learns to Swim

DIY Ice Cream Shop and Soda Jerk Hat – Joy in the Works

Summer never has to be the same old with this fun activity. It involves food, hats, and quality time with you, the parent!

Summer Olympics Alphabet Book – Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading

The Olympics are approaching, so what better activity to do than this one? It teaches the kids their alphabet and some culture about the Olympics!

Summer Beach Life Puzzles with Tally Marks – Simple Fun for Kids

Math is everywhere, just like words are. Let your toddler embrace the learning of tall marks with this great activity.

Water Balloon Letter Smash: Summer Literacy Activity – School Time Snippets

For those hot summer days, this activity is gold for moms and their kids. What better fun then with cool water and letter learning?

Playdough Butterfly Life Cycle – Learning 2 Walk

Science is all around us and it’s never too late to start learning it. Try this sensory activity for your hands-on toddlers who are still exploring the world around them.

Preschool Sensory Activities: Erupting Numbers – Learning 2 Walk

Kids love hands on activities and especially the ones that make the biggest explosions. Try this activity with your toddler and watch their eyes light up with wonder!

10 Alternative to a Lemonade Stand – Joy in the Works

Lemonade stands are a classic, but sometimes new traditions are needed. Change it up with these different stand ideas!

Ocean Creatures Memory Game – Simple Fun for Kids

Animals are always a fan-favorite for toddlers. Try this memory game full of animals straight from the sea.

Toddler Stomp Painting Activity – Artsy Momma

This activity brings loads of enjoyment for your toddler and a break for you! Though it might be messy, it’ll all be worth it to see your kid’s smiles and laughs.

Easter Egg Color Matching – Simple Fun for Kids

It doesn’t have to be Easter to have fun with this activity. All you need is an empty egg carton, different colored eggs, and matching chalk/markers/pencils.

Recommended Summer Toddler Toys

Want a fun activity to keep your toddler busy this summer? Try one of these fun toddler toys that will allow your child to explore and have a ton of fun while doing it.

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory SetStep2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory SetStep2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set18 PCs Kids Play Tent, Pop Up Tent with Kids Camping Gear Set, Outdoor Toys Camping Tools Set for Kids18 PCs Kids Play Tent, Pop Up Tent with Kids Camping Gear Set, Outdoor Toys Camping Tools Set for Kids18 PCs Kids Play Tent, Pop Up Tent with Kids Camping Gear Set, Outdoor Toys Camping Tools Set for KidsSplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad, and Wading Pool for Learning - Children's Sprinkler Pool, 60'' Inflatable Water Toys -SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad, and Wading Pool for Learning – Children’s Sprinkler Pool, 60” Inflatable Water Toys –SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad, and Wading Pool for Learning - Children's Sprinkler Pool, 60'' Inflatable Water Toys -Lovelion Beach Toy Set with Activity Table with Storage Room and Cover Suitable for Toddler Over Fun Sand Toys Set for Girls and Boys Kids Outdoor ToysLovelion Beach Toy Set with Activity Table with Storage Room and Cover Suitable for Toddler Over Fun Sand Toys Set for Girls and Boys Kids Outdoor ToysLovelion Beach Toy Set with Activity Table with Storage Room and Cover Suitable for Toddler Over Fun Sand Toys Set for Girls and Boys Kids Outdoor ToysDanvren Bubble Machine, Automatic Bubble Blower Maker Summer Toys for Kids Boys Girls Toddlers,Hundreds of Bubbles per Minute, with 12oz Refill Solution, Airplane Shape for Indoor and OutdoorDanvren Bubble Machine, Automatic Bubble Blower Maker Summer Toys for Kids Boys Girls Toddlers,Hundreds of Bubbles per Minute, with 12oz Refill Solution, Airplane Shape for Indoor and OutdoorDanvren Bubble Machine, Automatic Bubble Blower Maker Summer Toys for Kids Boys Girls Toddlers,Hundreds of Bubbles per Minute, with 12oz Refill Solution, Airplane Shape for Indoor and OutdoorStep2 Tropical Rainforest Water Table | Colorful Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory SetStep2 Tropical Rainforest Water Table | Colorful Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory SetStep2 Tropical Rainforest Water Table | Colorful Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set

More Summer Toddler Activities

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  1. I have a very busy little toddler at home with me, and I am always looking for ways to have fun and keep her busy!!! Can’t wait to try some of these! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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