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Magic In The Everyday: Top Summer Activities & Crafts For Babies & Toddlers
Is this your baby’s first summer? Do you have babies and toddlers? How about a bevvy of kids at home including a little baby in your charge?
While that may be overwhelming, some of our best memories as a young families are from the summer. When I think back on my own childhood (not that I remember the baby-stage!) I’d say sweet summer memories hold the most weight in the old memory bank.
Some of these ideas are from that memory bank, or that which we’ve given a try with our own young family. Some are new ones that I can’t wait to introduce over the next couple of months!
Magic In The Everyday...
Click through for some of the best summer activity and craft ideas for babies and toddlers!
Lots of Water-Play
Whether at the beach or a simple kiddie pool at home – babies and toddlers LOVE playing in the water and the sand.
Spread out big sheets of white paper and give your little ones an array of paints, bingo dabbers and different textured brushes, flowers and leaves to paint with.
Give Some Montessori Games & Activities a Try!
Learning made fun through play.
Go To A Family/Kid Friendly Music Festival
Many family friendly festivals have music and activities for all ages of babies, toddlers and bigger kids too!
Visit Your Local Amusement Park
Many of them have rides for the little ones, we love taking the ferry to Toronto’s Centre Island because they have a great selection of rides geared towards babies, toddlers. Lots of stuff that young families can enjoy all together.
Instant Friends Kit
Give them names, put them on the shelves in the nursery or the playroom, use them in sensory play bins or small world play. (Creating play-scences with miniatures based on their fave movies or books.)
Neat idea to bring along on nature walks. (Great for all of the featured nature crafts featured in this roundup.)
Backyard Bird Feeder
Bring all the birds to your yard with this easy DIY that little hands can help make.
Make sure to make some stops along the way and take in local sights and attractions. Take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.
Frequent Your Local Farmer's Market
Take advantage of the full bounty of harvest that this time of year has to offer! Support local farmers and eat delicious seasonal food. A simple, fun outing like this starts them off at a young age in loving fresh, healthy food!
Set it up for them or have them help (depending on their age). So cool!
Keep It Simple
Bust out the balance bikes or trikes, make sidewalk, patio or driveway art with chalk. Play in your own neighbourhood, on your street, with the neighbours.
Let them make a mess! (That’s what sprinklers are for after all.)
Have Birthday Parties Outside
Was your little one born in the summer like one of mine was? Have an outdoor birthday party at home, or take it to te beach or a local park!
Penny Spoon Race
This would make a great family BBQ or birthday party game. Good for a variety of young ages.
Visit Your Local Farm
Some of them even have other activities and features for families; like puppet shows, face painting and other kid-specific entertainment.
Kick It Through The Wicket
Another fun one to help them develop their coordination and gross motor skills.
A fun learning, gross motor-skills focused game that even the young ones can try.
DIY Music Games & Instruments
Babies and toddlers love to sing and dance!
A great way to teach your littles how to play catch while keeping cool.
Celebrate In Real Food!
Have lots of outdoor picnics at the beach or the park. Go strawberry picking, eat lots of watermelon and ice cream!