Summer is a time to relax, play, and get outside! I love to make a summer adventure (or bucket) list each year and then check off each activity as we do it. Last year we had a big poster hanging in our family room to help us stay excited all summer long!
Some of our adventures include big road trips and amusement park fun. Most of our adventures stick more close to home and only require a few materials.
Today I am partnering with KEEN to share 12 of our favorite summer adventure ideas for toddlers. Some are old favorites and some are new-to-us activities! They are perfect to add into your summer schedule!
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Bubble snakes are one of our favorite summer things to make! The bubbles keep toddlers entertained and offer a fun sensory experience too! My big kids usually blow the bubbles with the bubble snakes and then my toddler plays with the bubbles!
To make bubble snakes all you need is dish soap, a water bottle, a sock, a rubber band, and a little water. Housing a Forest taught us how to make bubble snakes and they have the best bubble snake tutorial! Pop over for their instructions and then scroll down to see what we do once we have all the bubbles!!
Whether your kids like soccer, hockey, or the high jump, a toddler olympics is sure to be a crowd pleaser. We like to pick a week each summer and do a different event each day. Some of our favorites include pool noodle hockey and pool noodle basketball!
Beach trips (or even just trips to the sand pit if you don’t live near a beach) can be an awesome and fun sensory experience for toddlers. We always make sure to bring our sand toys, water bottles for pouring water,, and a lot of sunblock!
4. GO HIKING
Each Sunday during the summer we try and go on a family hike. I love playing I-Spy when kids start to get tired. We also try varying it up by hunting for litter. It is so funny to see how much faster my kids move when we are hunting for something.
5. HOST A BACKYARD READ-A-THON
Adding a tent or teepee and pillows to our backyard makes reading extra fun when we have nice weather! To host a backyard read-a-thon I have all of the kids bring a pillow and some favorite books to the backyard. Then we just snuggle in and read together and enjoy being outside in the gorgeous weather. My toddler loves to stomp on the pillows and peer out the windows too.
6. BUILD OUTDOOR CAR RAMPS
My kids love to grab pieces of cardboard and yoga mats (LOL) to build outdoor car ramps. The ramps are usually bumpy but the kids love problem-solving and trying to find the best (and fastest) way for the cars to go down the ramps.
My kids love adding block buildings to their yoga mat communities too!
We made ice boats last summer and it was such a hit, so we’ll be trying them again this year. You can find our full ice boat tutorial here.
We have a printable color scavenger hunt that is great to shove into your pocket while you are hiking or just outside exploring nature. The color scavenger hunt sends kids searching for plants and objects that are different colors/styes.
9. PAINTING WITH BUBBLES
To paint with bubbles you first need to try out the bubble snake! Once you’ve blown enough snakes, separate them from the bottle/sock and they will start floating around.
My kids liked to fight over the bubbles until they landed on the ground or soared into trees.
Once the bubbles are fluffy, we like to grab a paint roller and paint the ground using the bubbles! It is fun to roll over them and smash them.
10. CREATE A TRAMPOLINE BALL PIT
Our trampoline is the most popular toy at our house… so a trampoline ball bit made it even more popular!
We grabbed some ball pit balls and threw them all over the trampoline… with the rules that there is NO JUMPING. Just crawling, walking, kicking, and gently throwing was enough! The kids had a blast!
Grab some chalk, decorate the ground with chalk flowers, and then grab your watering can and start watering your chalk garden! We love to add alphabet letters to our flowers to sneak in a little learning.
12. PLAY AT A SPLASH PAD
Lastly, we love splash pads! We make a list of all of the local splash pads each summer and then we rotate where we go each week. Splash pads are a fun way to teach kids about cause and effect. My only challenge with them is avoiding getting completely soaked myself while I run after my toddler!
On hot days, splash pads are a lifesaver… especially with toddlers that can’t swim or that are afraid of the big pool.
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