It’s always a blast doing activities with your toddler! Summer in particular is a great time to find new things to do and explore with your little learner. However, many activity ideas require a copious amount of materials, some of which you may need to buy. This can get costly and result in time spent in the store that you’d rather be spending with your child.
Thankfully, Erin Buhr’s book Little Walks, Big Adventures provides countless activity ideas that you can do for free. These simple excursion ideas will nurture the curiosity in your child and provide hours of entertainment as you watch your toddler explore the simple wonders of the world. Here are a few simple outdoor activities you can try with your toddler today.
Gather items for sorting. Some ideas include sorting pinecones or animals by size, sorting trains by color, or sorting dinosaurs by what they eat. The younger your toddlers, the simpler this needs to be
When and what toddlers are interested in varies. Some toddlers may want to sit and sort every item in your basket. Some toddlers will be only moderately interested in having you label which item is big and which is little
Repeat this activity with different materials and at different times. For example, you could ask “Who has a really BIG carrot?” or “Who sees a really small blueberry?” at snack time
What to Do:
For bark rubbings, go outside to a tree and put the paper over the tree
Hold it (or tape it) while your toddlers use crayons to rub the tree’s impression into the paper
When they are done, invite them to compare the image with the real bark. What do they notice?