Outdoor activities for busy toddlers
- by Petra Jelinkova
The weather is absolutely beautiful at the moment and we don’t know about you, but our kids just love getting outside! Although the heat can sometimes cause eczema flare ups (you can get some great tips on managing that here) you can still have lots of fun outdoors! We’d recommend playing in the shade wherever possible and avoiding the hottest parts of the day, and don’t forget your Natural Sunscreen SPF50!
Here are our favourite outdoor activities for busy toddlers.
An oldie but a goodie! Balls are always enticing for toddlers and they also help with their gross motor skills and coordination. Grab a few balls of different sizes and textures and play catch with your toddler. You can also play round up the balls and get your little one to collect all the balls and try and throw them into a bucket or hoop.
Bikes or scooters
Kids love to get mobile and balance bikes, scooters and trikes are awesome for this. Let your child whiz around the garden or park, and if you want to add an extra bit of fun, add in some obstacles or create a road or path with chalk or tape!
There’s so much to explore outside, and kids are fascinated by nature. Create a nature trail or a “shopping list” where your child needs to find a selection of items. This could include a stone, a feather, some dirt, a leaf, a gum nut etc. Once they have all the items, spend some time talking about them – what they feel like, what they smell like etc and if you have a magnifying glass, get them to look at the patterns close up. Finish off with some good old-fashioned mud pie making!
Bubbles are always a winner. You can get bubbles from most supermarkets and toy shops for just a few dollars. Remember once the mixture has run out, you can make your own solution with washing up liquid, water and sugar and keep reusing the tubes and wands! Making the mixture is just as fun for your child as playing with the bubbles!
Kids love splashing in the water – it’s fun and it also helps to keep them nice and cool! If you have a paddling pool, fill it up and add some bath toys for extra fun. If you don’t want your child to actually be in the pool, try filling a container with water and encourage them to wash their toys. Add a few bubbles and they’ll relish in soaping up their favourite toys and laying them out in the sun to dry. You can also add things like pom poms to the water and give your child a pair of tongs /or a scoop to get them out again.
Painting the walls
Don’t panic, we’re not talking about actual paint! Our toddlers love to copy grown ups and giving them a proper job always makes them feel special. Give them a bucket of water and a paint brush and task them with painting the fence or table legs. The water will change the colour of the surface, so they’ll get a great sense of satisfaction, and your furniture gets a bit of a cleaning!
Teddy bears picnic
Grab a picnic rug, some snacks, books and your child’s favourite bear and have a teddy bear’s picnic! You child will love taking Storytime outside and will love doing something special with you.
This post was brought to you and your baby with love by Julia and the Itchy Baby Co. team. X
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.