10 Ways to Play Outside with your Toddler
Toddlers are curious and energetic little beings who are always eager to explore the world around them. They love being outside and exploring with all their senses. Sometimes getting a toddler prepared and out the door can feel like a huge challenge, between sunscreen in the summer and the endless mitten battles in the winter, it's not always easy to get outside. However, as caregivers, we must ensure that our little ones get plenty of fresh air, exercise, and sunshine. So, here are ten ways to get toddlers outside to play.
Create a mud kitchen
The first step in getting your toddlers outside to play is to create an outdoor play area that is safe, fun, and engaging. A mud kitchen can be a great simple way to create a safe place to get messy and play close to home. All you need is some basic kitchen utensils, and little dirt and water.
Plan a picnic
Pack a lunch or snacks, and head to a nearby park or playground for a picnic. Toddlers love to eat outdoors, and they will enjoy exploring new surroundings while having a meal.
Take a nature walk
Go for a walk in a nearby park, nature trail, or nature reserve. Encourage your child to explore and discover the natural world around them. They can collect leaves, rocks, or sticks, and you can use them for future crafts.
Play with your favourite toy outside!
Take your favourite bin of blocks or tub of cars outside to play! The new surroundings will create a fresh perspective and a new way to enjoy their most beloved toys.
Explore a playground
Community playgrounds can be a great way for toddlers to try new things outside. Let them climb, explore and play in your community park. Everyone will be grateful for the change of scenery and fresh air.
Have a water day
On a hot summer day, set up a small pool, water sprinkler, or a water table, and let your child splash and play in the water. This activity will keep them cool and help them develop their motor skills.
Make a Sandbox!
Use a recycled storage tote, or small tray to make a mini sandbox outside for your toddler. Add cups, spoons and scoops for a great outdoor play moment that will also work on motor skills and is a great sensory exploration.
Plant a garden
Create a small garden in your backyard or on your balcony. Let your toddler help you plant flowers or vegetables and teach them about caring for plants. They will enjoy watching the plants grow and taking care of them, and embrace the sensory experience
Take a bike ride
Riding a bike is a fun activity for toddlers and an excellent way to get them outside. If your child is too young to ride a bike, you can attach a bike trailer or a child seat to your bike.
Try out some bubbles!
Bubbles can be fun in so many different ways! Toddlers will enjoy chasing bubbles and blowing bubbles. This fun sensory experience will have every enjoying their time outside.
Getting toddlers outside to play can be beneficial to everyone. Outdoor play is great for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By trying one of these ten ways to get toddlers outside to play, you can ensure that your child has a fun, safe, and engaging outdoor experience.