During all those cold winter days and nights, we constantly wish for summer. And now we are elated finally here! But for some of us, that feeling goes away after a day or two. The sound of our kids whining, “What we are doing today?” can make us wish for snow again.
If you follow me, you know by now that I believe planning ahead helps alleviate unnecessary stress. So, let’s plan some great fun and easy stress-free things to do with your little ones when they ask, “What can we do now?” I have included everything from water play…to ideas for the best kid wagons…to things to do indoors.
Let’s get started!
- Water Play never gets old. Once you have all the safety measures in place, let the fun begin!
- Water tables provide hours of fun.
- In addition to just playing with cups and toys, try filling up the bottom with ice and let them watch it melt.
- Crayola Color Bath Dropz can be added to the water for fun. It’s also great to show them how mixing the Dropz can make new colors.
- Let’s go fishing! Little Tikes makes a fishing toy that is perfect for some fun. You can even get in a math lesson in counting the fish.
- Splash parks are the latest thing! And you don’t even have to leave your house to go to one. There are a number of fun splash pads on the market. Simply hook up your hose and let the fun begin!
- Hose play on its own can be entertaining for young ones. My grandsons love it, and it teaches them how to take turns.
- Let them wash anything that’s outside and can get wet. Give them a sponge (with or without soap) and a towel. Before you know it, all the dirt and grime will be washed away.
- Put a spray nozzle on the hose and the kids will be giving your home and patio a power wash in no time. It’s my youngest grandson’s new passion. But don’t forget to close all the doors and windows first!!!
- Water tables provide hours of fun.
- There is a reason wagons have remained a staple since the 19th century. They still provide hours of outdoor entertainment. Here are a few ideas for the best kid wagons for your little one’s fun:
- Have your toddler load up their wagon with a blanket and favorite lunch for a walk to the park. If the park is too far, take a walk around the neighborhood and end up in your own backyard for a fun picnic.
- Let them put their favorite stuffed animals or dolls in the wagon and take them for an imaginary zoo visit.
- Fill the wagon up with shaving cream and have a toy car wash.
- If you have friends in the neighborhood, turn the wagon into a traveling lemonade stand. Give the drinks away for free. It’s a great way to teach toddlers about giving back to the community.
- Some days it is just too hot to play outside. So, let’s find some fun things to do indoors that won’t destroy your home:
- Bath time doesn’t always have to be at night. The other day, my 3-year-old grandson took his water goggles and played in the tub as if he was in a swimming pool.
- Let them color or paint things that are different than the norm.
- Baby wipes (cheap ones)
- Ice cubes
- Cover your table with butcher paper and let them color away
- Gather pipe cleaners and a colander and let them make a wacky hat
- Place masking tape on the floor in different directions and have them balance themselves on the tape as they walk the course
- Make different shapes with the masking tape and have them jump into each one you call out. It’s also a great toddler lesson in geometry.
Parents get bombarded with loads of advertising for toys and games designed to keep kids occupied and happy. My goal is to provide you with ideas that are easy and inexpensive. Best of all, you won’t be making daily trips to the store. So, grab those garden hoses, pull out your best kid wagons, and dig out those baby wipes. And before you know it, your child will be having some really fun and imaginative summertime activities.