Would you agree that keeping toddlers busy is not always easy?! Taking care of a toddler is exhausting, but they sure know how to put a smile on our faces. Now that it’s spring, we can finally go outside and let the little ones get all the wiggles out! If you’re looking for some easy outdoor toddler activities, you’re in luck! Today I’m sharing 5 ideas, plus I’m sharing about a new resource just for toddlers. Oh and you’ll want to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
One thing I encourage parents to do with toddlers is to let them be messy (within reason!) and give them time to explore. That’s how children learn! They need experience with messy play. Believe me, it truly benefits children! (Did you know that sensory play has a correlation with picky eaters?! Check out this interesting post.)
Here are 5 Outdoor Toddler Activities
1. Sensory Walk
This is one of my favorite activities. It doesn’t have to be just for toddlers either! The goal of this activity is for your little one to explore the sense of touch with their feet. This is super fun and you can use a variety of materials for this activity. Check out more details about this activity here.
2. Jell-O Dig
This one is so simple! All you need is some Jell-O and some toy animals. Just make Jell-O according to the directions and let kids play in it! I put plastic bugs and frogs in our jello before letting it gel in the fridge. The kids loved pulling the bugs off and rinsing them off in the water bucket. They also enjoyed feeling the squishy Jell-O!
3. Water Wall
Playing with water is always a favorite of my kids. Even just playing with water in a bin with cups and funnels is a bit hit. Several years ago, I made a pool noodle water wall. To say it was a big hit, would be an understatement. We’ve used this thing so much!
Check out how we made it on this post.
4. Soap Foam Sidewalk Paint
We love playing with soap foam! You just need dish soap, water, food coloring, and squeeze bottles. It is so soft, squishy, fluffy, and is easy to clean up!
Have fun decorating the sidewalk and then rinse it off for an easy clean up! Find all the details right here.
5. Paint with Water
This one is the easiest activity! You could just paint the sidewalk with water and a roller. It’s fun to see how fast it dries up. Or you could draw shapes, letters, or designs on the sidewalk and then have your little one paint them with water.
I hope these five outdoor toddler activities inspire you and you’ll try them out!
I’m sure you’re wanting more activities to keep your little ones busy, so I’m excited to share a new book written by my friend Krissy at B-Inspired Mama.
She wrote The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book, and it’s an amazing resource! It contains over 100 outdoor activities that promote early learning and are super fun! Here are a few of my favorite activities in the book:
- Milk Bubble Rainbow (page 34)
- Kiddie Pool Gold Panning (page 38)
- Windy Day Play (page 66)
- Magical Nature Wand (page 72)
- Waterfall Fence (page 102)
- Colorful Ice Fishing (page 120)
The activities are creative, simple, and use only a few supplies and require little to no prep.
For one week, I will be hosting a giveaway of this awesome book and my Learn and Play Toddler Activity Book. Just enter below for the chance to win both of these books!
Jennifer Jasso says
I would love to win these books to get more ideas to use with my two toddlers
Laura N. says
I would love these books to help keep my 2 year old occupied outside while I sit and watch either super pregnant or with a newborn! 🙂
I have 3 girls 5 and under and am always looking for new activities to share with them, especially with summer coming!
These are great ideas! My 13 month old twins will love trying all of these activities this summer 😊
I definitely could use these books! I have 2.5 year old twin boys who are super hard to entertain. They love outside play!
Rachel B says
I’m always looking for new activities to do with my two boys (4 and 2).
These are such fun ideas, and I would love to win this book. I’m always looking for new ideas to get my 1 year old and 3 year old outside.
Sarah O. says
My kids love to play outside! They’re great at just going out and playing, but it would be nice to have some structured activities for them to do as well!
Brittany Eades says
I could definitely use these books I have a 4 year old son who loves to play outside! 😊
My two preschoolers and I will be spending 6 weeks visiting my family out of state. I would love to have some fun outdoor activities to do with my kids and my niece and nephew. It would be great to be the cool aunt this summer! 😉
I would love these books! I am a pediatric occupational therapist and aunt to 6 nieces and nephews ages 2 and under so these books would help give ideas for the kiddos I work with as well as my family members!!
Thanks for some new ideas to try with my boys when it is warmer for outside play! I would love the books too, for many more great ideas!
Some great activities to keep in mind!
My 4 and 1 year old boys love the outdoors and were always looking for new activities to try! I love your website…..its my go to for preschool activities!!
I have a 2 and 4 year old who love it outdoors.
My 3 year old daughter has so much energy that I could really use some ideas for outdoor play. She gets bored so easily! This momma could use some help! 🙄😁
I work in daycare and this would be awesome to have. The would differently keep the kids busy and having fun.
I enjoy doing outdoor activities with my grandchildren.
I need these books- I’ve got a 3 1/2 year old and a 1 1/2 year old and I’m trying to find more ways to play with them and educate them at the same time.
I have three kids who love to play outside. This would be perfect for them!