This post has been updated with more activities May 2020.
It’s been an interesting spring to say the least. We, like most people, have been spending almost all our time at home. That means we have been doing all our at home activities.
We plan on staying home a lot more than usual in the next few months too. This is a big change from our normal breaks of library trips, splash pads, zoo time, and more. We have to find more things to do at home.
Anyone else getting a little burnt out on the at home activities?
I know I’m not alone in wondering this. But I have a good start on how to entertain kids 5 years old and under this summer.
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Preschool and Toddler Activities for Summer
I do feel as though some pressure is off now that distance learning is done. I want to encourage my kids to continue to learn, but I don’t have to worry about getting the right assignments done and sent in. And we can focus on what my kids really want to learn about, which is much more fun and easier.
My favorite fun summer activities for preschoolers and toddlers are easy. Why? If they get too complicated you aren’t going to do them. Simple and fun things to do with toddlers in the summer let you keep the laid back summer feel without your kids driving you up the wall.
This list of summer activities for preschoolers and toddlers will help you set up a summer of fun without stressing out too much.
Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
These fun summer activities for kids will help you have the best summer yet. Indoor fun, learning activities, outdoor toys and games, and a few additional tips.
Science by the Pool: Easy Summer STEM Activities
What is summer without swimming? It's a must. And did you know there is a lot of fun science you can do at the pool? Get these cool and easy experiments to perform with your kids while you play at the pool.
Sunscreen Painting: STEAM For Kids
Want to really emphasize how important sunscreen is? (And learn how it actually works?) Then let's paint! Make a fun art project and examine how sunscreen keeps us safe from the sun's rays.
Ice Cream Playdough: The Best No Cook Playdough
Ice cream is another summer must. You can make your own ice cream play doh for sensory fun! It's only two ingredients and it is taste safe.
Paint-Less Watercolor Process Art for Kids
Do your kids want to paint but you just don't want to handle the mess? Try this paint-less watercolor! It is a fun process art project your kids will love that creates unique reusable art.
How To Make Butter with Kids: The Science of Churning Butter
Want an easy science project you can eat? Make butter! It is so simple and your kids will love it. (Plus it helps get the wiggles out as you do it!)
Colored Rice and Other Rainbow Sensory Bin Ideas
I love doing sensory bins with my kids. Summer is the best time because you can take them outside and not have a messy house. Learn how easy it is to make rainbow rice at home.
27 Taste Safe Sensory Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Sensory play is an amazing way for toddlers to learn. But a lot of toddlers still like to put things in their mouths. These sensory activities are all taste safe and perfect for toddlers this summer!
TEACHING THE ALPHABET: 1.5 years old
Don't skip out on learning activities this summer. This fun alphabet learning is a great way to have directed time with your children.
Book Bingo Reading Challenge
Tired of reading the same old books? Change it up! This fun book challenge will encourage your child (and you!) to try new books and read in new places.
Moon Activities for Preschoolers
Cookies and science? I'm in. These are easy STEM activities that teach kids about the moon.
How Did You Hear That? Simple Sound Science for Kids
Toddlers love to be loud. Why not use that and learn about sound waves? Learn how to make a balloon amplifier, take a spoon to make a speaker, and make rice dance.
At Home Chemistry: Cleaning Pennies with Ketchup
Ketchup is one of my toddlers' favorite foods. But did you know it could clean a penny? Learn how.
The Science of Slime and the Best Homemade Recipes
Slime is a must for summer fun! Get all the best recipes for homemade slime AND get the science behind it.
3 Easy Science Activities to Teach Kids How Colors Work
Toddlers are drawn to colors. These are 3 super easy STEM activities that toddlers can do that all use beautiful colors.
5 Easy Musical Instruments to Make with Your Children
Make some music this summer! You can make easy instruments out of at home items and your toddler will love them.
Why Should Kids Color? 7 Big Benefits Coloring Provides for Kids
Coloring is a childhood staple. It is a perfect way to cool off inside this summer, and kids learn a lot from it. (Get free coloring pages here too!)
Kids Can Code! Simple and Fun Lego Coding Activities
Coding is a skill that more and more people find useful. And you don't need screen time to learn some basics. Toddlers can learn early pattern skills that will help with future coding, all with legos.
How To Create a Tasty and Fun Archaeological Experience
Do your toddlers like dinosaurs? Then wow them with this archaeological dig. It's a great summertime dessert too!
Funicular Trains: Pulleys for Kids
If you get tired of the heat you can build your own ski lift and make a winter wonderland for your toys out of cups and string.
Growing Crystals for Kids: Create Your Own Jewels!
Make your own summer treasure by growing crystals at home! It can be easier than you think. Get 3 simple ways to make crystals with your kids.
Anatomy Activities for Kids
Kids love to learn about themselves and how their bodies work. This collection will let them take a peek at their anatomy! Learn about the heart, the lungs, the spine, and more with fun interactive STEM activities.
Snow Sensory Bins: Must Do Winter Activities for Kids
Bring a little winter into your summer! These simple snow sensory bins will help you cool down while having fun.
DIY Confetti Poppers for Kids!
Turn any day into a real party with these easy DIY confetti poppers! They are the perfect way to use up toilet paper tubes and learn about cause and effect.
Childhood Learning Basics
Directed learning time is a perfect way to fit one on one time in. And the simple learning of the toddler years is important. Get easy activities that work the basics like numbers, letters, shapes, colors, fine motor skills and more!
How To Make Paper Dice (with Free Printable!)
Find yourself wanting to play a game but lost the dice? Need a pair of dice that are a little bigger for tiny hands? Make your own! Learn how and get the free printable template to help you out.
I Spy Bottles: Engaging Sensory Independent Play
Need an activity that helps your little one calm down? These are for you. Learn how to make the perfect I Spy bottle that will entertain your child during quiet time and even help them calm down after a tantrum.
Busy Bags: Keeping Kids Entertained So Mom Can Be Productive
Busy bags are a great way to keep toddlers occupied and learning. They are perfect for on the go and fun at home learning.
20 of the Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers
Summers in the backyard are a staple. These fun toys will help your toddlers live it up this summer.
5 Cheap and Easy Outdoor Activities For Toddlers
There is no need to break the bank for summer fun. These activities are simple and best of all cheap for toddler summer fun.
5 Easy Disney Movie Themed Nights
Bedtime can be pushed back a tiny bit in summer, and family movie night fun is worth it. Here are 5 easy themes for Disney movie fun!
5 Great Ways To Teach Numbers To Your Toddler
Learning to count is exciting for toddlers. These games are easy and fun and perfect for summer days.
Inexpensive Summer Toys That Will Keep Your Toddler Busy
Looking for more toy ideas? (Hey, summer can get long and you might need to restock.) Here are even more toys your toddlers will love.
Why You Should Let Your Child Be Bored This Summer
Wait, is being bored an activity? Maybe not exactly, but it is an important part of summer! Learn why kids should get to be bored every once in a while.
Water Safety Swim Lessons For Kids: Spear’s Survival Swim Experience
Swim lessons are another summer staple. Learn why swimming lessons are such an important safety activity for your kids.
10 Tips for Safe Swimming with Twins
This is a bonus for my fellow twin moms. Don't let having two toddlers make you think you can't have water fun. Learn how to safely handle swimming with twins.
Toddler Summer Activities
Toddler summer activities are best when they are simple, cheap, and fun. This list gives all that and more.
I know summer can feel like it is stretching out forever right now, but you can do this, Mama. These activities will help.
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