It is summertime! Here in California, the temperature can quickly get up over 100 degrees during the day, so we have needed to be very creative with ways to stay cool while keeping our 16-month-old son entertained. He absolutely loves to go outside and play, so I’m going to share with you a few low (if any) cost activities that we do with our toddler in the summertime!
- The first thing we love to do to get out of the house in the afternoons is to take a plastic shoe box type bin (it can be any container, really) fill it with bath toys and other fun items that can get wet, and fill it up with water. We put our son in his swimsuit because the first time we did this activity he ended up soaking his clothes. He loved splashing in the water and he especially loved that we put a cup in the water. He would fill it and dump it back in the water or all over himself, haha. The nice thing about this activity is that you can do it anywhere. We chose a grassy area that was in the shade. He had a blast and I loved how quick and easy of an activity it was.
- The second activity we have been enjoying is running through the sprinklers! The nice thing with that is that you are multitasking. Your toddler is having fun and you are watering your lawn. He loved to walk over and put his head in the water. This activity completely wore him out. He was running back and forth and trying to splash in the water the whole time. He slept really well that night, ha! (Don’t mind his terribly mismatched outfit 😉 )
- Another fun summertime activity is having a snack outside. We love watermelon around here! So we just took a towel, found a spot in the shade, and enjoyed a snack in the fresh air. My son has also really been enjoying popsicles lately! The one pictured here was watermelon, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, and the juice from a few orange slices all blended together and then frozen in a baby sized Popsicle mold. The nice thing about eating that and the watermelon outside is that they are super messy, so if you eat them outside, you don’t have to worry about it. I will usually just take my sons shirt off and let him enjoy his snack (do they really even enjoy it if it isn’t all over them 😉 ) then you can rinse them off before heading back inside.
- Our last activity does cost a little to purchase the items at first, but we did already have these items. We filled up our baby pool with water and pulled it into the shade. Then we took some plastic balls that we had purchased for his first birthday party and dumped a bag into the pool with the water! My son absolutely loved this activity! He was already in the pool when we put the balls in and his eyes just lit up when he realized what was going on. He sat and splashed and eventually began throwing the balls out of the pool. This activity does take a lot more clean up time, so be warned. 😉
So, those are four ways that we are beating the heat with a toddler. What are some activities that you do with your toddler to keep cool in the summer? I would love to hear more ideas!