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Make & Do: 50 Fabulous Outdoor Spring Activities For Babies & Toddlers
Spring has finally spring for us here in the Canadian north. And this mama couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve never really enjoyed winter. Does anyone really? Truly?
All the extra gear that we have to stuff our little ones into – the short days and just never enough sun…
But we won’t talk about all of that. Let’s talk about all of the wonderful things that we can do with our babies and toddlers now that the snow has melted, the buds are in bloom and the warmer weather is creeping its way in!
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Simple yet fun outdoor family and free play activities to enjoy this spring with your babies and toddlers >>>
Bubble Burst Painting
This successfully combines two toddler favourites, messy bubbles and messy painting.
That is correct, you read the game title right. Originating all the way from the Hundred Acre Wood, Poohsticks was a game invented by Winnie The Pooh creator, A.A. Milne, for his son Christopher Robin Milne. The game made its debut in the Pooh stories and movies, and it’s fun and simple to play!
The perfect little sibling solution, and the best way to eat ice-cream from the truck while on the go!
Visit Your Local Zoo
This is something we do once in the spring, the summer and sometimes even the fall if they host a Halloween festival where the kiddos can dress up for a ‘Bear Hunt’ walk-about.
We have a balance walking bike for our 21 month old and our 42 month old has moved up to a tricycle. Helmets = always.
No explanation needed – trucks and diggers for boys AND girls mandatory.
Build a Faery House
Okay, so this one probably has me a little more excited than I should be at my age.
You can also make rock and pebble art, letters and numbers…all sorts of fun is to be had with small rocks.
Put on those rubber boots and take a long, luxurious walk with your sweet babe wrapped up snug to your chest and enjoy the fresh air, exercise, your baby’s sweet cuddles and the awakening in nature.
YES. Flash-light play and story-time at dusk followed by making s’mores by a bon-fire mandatory.
Not just for big kids, as you can clearly see. One may also not exactly call it hockey either…
Kick it, toss it, run around/crawl around and chase it – give them balls of various sizes…all babies and toddlers love to play with balls!
Make & Give Them Branch Blocks
Spread out a blanket or set them up at a mini picnic table and watch them build!
Simple pleasures. Bubbles are always a huge hit with the little people.
Either take them through the automatic one or grab a bucket and sponge and get busy with them and the hose! We’re doing this the ‘old-school’ way with our tots this weekend.
Graffiti your driveway and sidewalks with the alphabet, numbers, a hop-scotch pad – or simple and magnificent free-range art-work! Older babies and toddlers make the best abstract art. Am I right?
Chariot Bike Ride
Yes, I took this picture just before we put on their helmets and took off for a ride.
Daddy Daughter Date
Little one up on the shoulders is a must.
Collect & Discover Walk
We live close to trails and water and big green spaces so we get to really mix this up quite a bit. The beginning of spring is such a great time to discover budding blooms, sticks, rocks, shells and new treasures that were frozen and hidden in the snow all winter long. Bring some of your found treasures from Nature home and add them to a Spring Sensory bin! (More on that one coming up.)
I’m all about all forms of painting with little ones happening outside.
Even the youngest/smallest of babies can be involved in gardening. Wear your newborn in a wrap on your chest while you get busy, involve the bigger ones in digging and planting. Much learning and mud pie making fun to be had here.
Spring is messy – especially if you live in a climate where a big melt is happening. Combine that with April Showers and all I have to say is this: BUY SPLASH-GEAR. And even then – just embrace the mess a bit. Little ones love to get dirty. The dirtier the better and more proof of all the exploring through sensory play and discovering they are doing.
Hike With Friends
With found walking sticks, obviously.
Start a scrapbook at home and help them collect/learn about their found foliage.
Local Community Events For Families
Check out your local municipality’s government website for local events geared towards young families. There’s always tons of stuff happening in the spring and most of the events are free!
Local Pow Wow
Use google to search and find a Pow Wow happening near you and check it out! Babies and toddlers love drumming and guaranteed dancing will commence.
Magical Unpoppable Bubbles
I know, right? Click the link below to find out the simple way to make these awesome bubbles!
Every Saturday morning we take the kids to the market to visit our local friends/vendors to get most of our groceries. They have begun to ask about going and really look forward to all of the hustle and bustle, taste-testing and kids activities and music the market always has going on. We usually trek around the corner after for a short visit to the library to return some books and get a few new ones.
Every-time I see this picture I laugh out loud. I mean, you see all of those young ladies with their arms out-stretched towards that adorable baby boy of mine (now a toddler), right? Maybe it’s just me, but I think this is pretty dang cute. No wonder he’s turned into such a flirt!
Neighbourhood Block Party
We always joke around with our neighbours during the winter that we barely see each-other compared to the spring and summer months. So last year we started a spring tradition of having a neighbourhood block party.
One on One Time Outside
Mommy and me time is a rarity when you have more than one child – but it’s really important to find the time when you can. Last Saturday I took my girl out on errands with me – the bank, the market and ending up at the beach park.
Outdoor Birthday Party
Once spring arrives, I basically feel like rolling around in the grass naked (sorry!), living in a tent in the backyard, eating all of my meals outside, immersing my hands in rich soil and kissing the sun. So yea, outdoor birthday parties are cool too.
Outdoor Blanket Play
Find a great big tree (weeping willows are my top choice), lay down a blanket and engage in some simple, free-play with your baby.
You may notice a theme going on here…of bringing the messy activities outside!
For some reason my little ones prefer to get dressed up in costume after costume outside and run around and play in their get-ups. It probably has something to do with our neighbours doting on them on TOP of our attention.
This is what hoses are made for, no?
Outdoor Play Dates
Arrange some play-dates outside for your babies – they love to socialize too!
Outdoor Puppet Show
Invite the neighbours.
Outdoor Story Time - Sharing Circle
One on one or in a group.
Lay down a soft blanket and bring tummy time outside!
Kids of all ages love this one.
Daily Park Visits
We spend countless, precious hours at the park after a long cold winter of being cooped up inside.
With just the family or with friends!
Invite over your friends with little ones close in age to your own kids, make some burgers, corn, pasta veggie salad and enjoy!
Play Hide & Seek
Counting and hiding…a toddler’s paradise.
Because, the opportunities will just present themselves.
Sensory Play - Grass
Babies LOVE to rip, tear and squeeze at grass. They’ll try to eat it sure – meh. Just don’t let them go to town.