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5 Summer Activities for Your Toddler at Home!

Chloe Grace Toddler

5 Summer Activities for Your Toddler at Home!

Summer is definitely here y’all. It may have “officially” started two days ago, but it started last month in Houston. Last summer, Chloe was still young enough to just go along for the ride. We were content inside playing together, running my errands and going with the flow, plus she took multiple naps. {Yay naps!} Now we’re in the throws of toddlerdom…almost two. We’re constantly on the go with my busy girl. The only problem is that she’s actually kind of a homebody. She loves to be at home and hang out with her momma, so I’ve been trying to come up with some fun at home! Don’t get me wrong, we’re out and about fairly often, but I’m trying to have her home for most of the day a few days a week. I thought I’d share some of my current go-to summer activities at home or near home!

one. backyard splash pad

This splash pad was gifted to me by a neighbor and it is one of our favorites! {I know I’ve blogged about it before, but it really is that awesome!} Chloe always tries to drag it out from behind the grill when she’s ready to play. We usually set the kiddie pool beside it because she loves to jump back and forth between the two. The best part about the splash pad is that she can play in it for an hour or more without wanting to do something different. Let’s be real, her attention span is pretty short. Since we’re outside in our backyard, there are tons of different things we can do! With the water on out there, we don’t get too hot. You pretty much need water if your going to be outside during Houston summers. One of my favorite things about our splash pad days is that we can have a picnic lunch on the porch as a quick break before she heads out to play again!

If you don’t have a little splash pad, a baby pool, sprinkler or any water source outside will do!

two. indoor playroom tent

Y’all this is another awesome gift Chloe received from one of her friends! We set it up in her game room with her table, chair and baby dolls. It really encourages independent play which helps this momma get things done. She’ll go in there and play with her play dough, crayons, books and tea set, and occasionally come out to give me some tea or ask me to help her color or read a book. She’s constantly going in and out of her princess tent to get something else to add to her collection. The best part about this tent is that I can see how it will grow with her. Eventually she’ll play pretend even more and I can see this as a tool to enhance her creativity!

If you don’t have a sort of indoor play structure, you can build one! Build a fort for you little one to play pretend in, you won’t regret it.

three. park day

Okay, this isn’t exactly an “at home” activity. But as far as I’m concerned, it is! I tell Chloe that we’re going to the park and her face lights up! We’re lucky enough to have a park just a half mile away, so we can load up the jogging stroller and walk over. I like to think that one day we’ll have a big play set in our backyard, but for now, walking to the park is an adventure that Chloe looks forward to. She could swing for hours! When she’s not on the swings, she loves to climb up and down the play structure and eventually goes down the slide. During the summer, it gets HOT at the park. We try to go in the morning because it’s too hot the rest of the day. I also pack our swim gear in the stroller just in case. If we start to get overheated, we can just head to the pool to cool off! We’ve ended up in the pool a few times already and summer has just begun. It’s totally worth it though because Chloe loves the park so much.

four. magic painting/coloring

Usborne to the summer rescue! I ordered the Magic Painting Book earlier this year thinking that Chloe would be ready for it by spring/summer, and I was so right. I went through my stack of books that I’m saving for a rainy day and found this one! Since every day isn’t a good day to be outside, it’s nice have some great indoor back up activities. Chloe is a little young for full fledged arts and crafts, but we still like to be creative and get our brains working! The best part about the Magic Painting Book is that you just need water and the colors come to life on the paper! We also love the Crayola Color Wonder books and the Magic Ink activity books. I’m not quite ready for markers on the walls, so we stick with the clear stuff. Chloe is entertained enough by it! I also give her crayons and coloring books of course. She’ll sit and switch between coloring and painting for a little while especially if I’m doing it with her. If you’re interested in Usborne book, let me know! I can hook you up with my amazing book lady.

five. plant a garden

You may not be ready for a full fledged garden, but even planting some flowers in a pot can be fun for your toddler. These pictures were taken at my parent’s house earlier this year, but planting our flower beds is on our to do list for next week, assuming it doesn’t rain all week. I know that Chloe will get wet anytime there is water around, so I put her in a swim suit and lathered her up with sunscreen for this adventure. You can let your toddler help with shoveling and spreading soil, digging a hole for the plant, and watering your pretty flowers! I found a little Melissa and Doug gardening kit at Home Goods, but it’s on Amazon too. She loved helping and getting her little hands dirty!

If you have a little homebody like me, or if you just need a couple days at home if your toddler, here are some great options for you and your little one! The best thing about these ideas is that you can tailor them to fit what you have at home. Don’t think that you need to go out and spend a lot of money to make sure your toddler is having fun. For the most part, they just want to play with you! The more you can engage with them, them more fun they’ll have and the longer they’ll want to play.

Happy summer y’all! Stay cool and have fun. I know we will!

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