Inside: Looking for toddler summer activities? Here are 35+ of the best activities that you will want to try. Art, sensory, nature, play dough, outdoor ideas, and more!
Summer! Oh, how we love summer! I’ve been collecting fun summer activities for toddlers just for you that are perfect for home. And I love this collection!
Our toddlers love to be busy :
did I mention moving?
I decided to round up some of our favorite toddler activities that can be done during the summer, indoors and out, any time of the day.
These fun activities involve lots of hands-on exploration and can be shared with older children, too!
35+ of the Best Toddler Summer Activities
Ice Painting – Cool off on a hot day while painting on a block of ice. So fun!
Frozen Watercolors – Make your own sparkly frozen watercolors and watch what happens as they melt.
Paint with Balls – This is a fun activity that involves rolling balls dipped in paint. Try it indoors or outdoors!
Drive Cars Through Paint – If your toddlers love cars, they will adore this hands-on activity! Grab their favorite cars and trucks, add paint, and roll them across paper.
Fish Stamping Process Art – Use the free fish template and start stamping paint using a cardboard tube.
Mix Colors with Hands – This is a fun activity to do on the patio! Mix 2 colors of paint with the hands and watch how a new color is created.
Stamp Circles with Paper Tubes – This activity is super simple, yet so much fun! All you need is a recycled paper tube and some paint.
Frozen Sparkly Paint – Whip up your own sparkly watercolor paint, stick it in the freezer, and you have a fun activity on a summer afternoon.
Paint Big – Take a big sheet of paper outdoors for some fun big painting. (Learn with Play at Home)
- More outdoor art activities: 30+ Outdoor Art Activities
Play with Homemade Lavender Scented Dough – Toddlers will love helping you make this calming play dough. Save for those moments when everyone needs to wind down.
Scoop Edible Ice Cream Playdough – You will only need 2 ingredients to make this taste-friendly playdough. (Crafty Morning)
Dandelion Playdough – Pull the dandelions from your lawn and make some vibrant yellow playdough. (Parenting Chaos)
- More playdough ideas: 15+ Playdough Learning Ideas
Yellow Sun Collage – Collect yellow objects and glue them to a paper sun – free printable!
Colored Ice Fun – Work on color recognition outside in the wading pool! (Learn-Play-Imagine)
- More color recognition activities: 15 Toddler Color Activities
Cardboard Shapes Collage – Recycle cardboard for this fun process art activity. (My Bored Toddler)
Outdoor Shapes Hunt – Look for shapes in nature while taking a summer walk. (Creative Family Fun)
Shape Stamping – Use your toddler’s nesting blocks for a simple shape stamping activity.
- More shapes activities: Learning Shapes at Home
Sticker Fish Counting – Work on simple counting skills (and fine motor) while pressing stickers on fish. (Happy Toddler Playtime)
Numbers Stones – Here’s a fun way to expose toddlers to numbers while at the beach. (Nurture Store)
- More math activities: 25 Hands-On Number Games
Alphabet Stamping – All you’ll need is a buck of water and some alphabet sponges for some fun outdoor literacy. (And Next Comes L)
Letter Tracing – Trace over letters on the sidewalk using water. (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
- More alphabet activities: 16+ Playful Toddler Alphabet Activities
Transferring Ice – This fine motor ice transfer activity is an easy no-prep play idea. (Taming Little Monsters)
Ice Cream Fine Motor Play – Scoop pom-poms (ice cream) into cones. (Best Toys 4 Toddlers)
- More fine motor activities: 15 Easy Toddler Fine Motor Ideas
Color Hop – Draw different colored circles on the pavement and invite your toddler to hop on each one while recognizing the color. (Learn, Play, Imagine)
Patriotic Discovery Bottles – Add some red, white, and blue to a water bottle for the 4th of July.
Ocean in a Bottle – Add sand and shells to make a fun summer discovery bottle.
Plant Seeds – Kids love to help in the garden!
Bird Feeders – Use recycled paper tubes to make backyard feeders for our feathered friends. (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
Sink or Float Experiment – Cool off while exploring what objects sink or float in a tub of water. (Stay at Home Educator)
Heat Wave Science – Use the power of the sun to melt old crayons to make new ones! (Mama Smiles)
- More science activities: 10 Toddler Science Activities that Are Full of Fun
Make Chocolate Ice Cream – No ice cream maker needed! This refreshing summer snack can be made in a bag. (The Pleasantest Thing)
Smoothie Popsicles – These are super easy to make with just a few ingredients. (No Time for Flashcards)
Frozen Yogurt Drops – Strengthen fine motor skills while squeezing the liquid from a bag onto a sheet. (Entertain Your Toddler)
Pom Pom Water Play – Toddlers love pom poms, so why not add them to a bin of water, along with cups? (Busy Toddler)
Simple Water Play with Balls – Add some small balls with water in a wading pool for some cool summer fun. (Learn, Play, Imagine)
Pouring Water – Learning how to pour water is perfect outdoors with the inevitable spills and overflows. (Hands On As We Grow)
Build Your Own Sprinkler – Toddlers love to jump in the sprinkler on a hot day, so why not make one yourself out of a plastic bottle? (Housing a Forest)
Splash Pad – Turn a tarp into a fun slip and slide. (1 Little dude and 3 Little Ladies)
- More water activities: 10 Ways to Have Fun with Water
Summer Lesson Plans
I’ve teamed up with other early childhood teachers and homeschoolers to put together these hands-on summer lesson plans for toddlers and preschoolers!
Easy to follow lesson plans that include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners.
For more information, click on the graphics below: