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Cheap and Easy Summer Activities for Toddlers

Next month is June.

June! Can you believe it?

While I get my head around the fact that this year is almost half way over, I’ve been coming up with some free and inexpensive ways to keep my soon-to-be-3 year old entertained this summer.

I have found that he and I need a flexible schedule, or things don’t get done, and we both get grouchy. Today, I’m sharing a basic schedule that we follow each day, although not every day is the same, and 20 activities that we plan to do this summer.

 

Basic Daily Schedule for Toddler

7:00-8:00 Morning Routine (breakfast, get dressed, play.)

8:00-8:30 “School” We do puzzles, color, make crafts, and do some sort of specific learning activity. Right now I am reviewing colors and shapes with him and he is working on identifying numbers and his name.

8:30-11:00 Activities (see below), play outside, run errands, play dates, snack, play inside, help mommy with projects

11:00-11:30 Lunch

11:30-12:30 Play outside

12:30-1:00 Pick up toys and read

1:00 Nap or Quiet play time

2:00 Play or TV

3:00 until bedtime is family time and evening routine.

 

I plan to share more detailed morning and bedtime routines along with printables soon.

But while summer is on the brain, here are 20 cheap summer activities that involve AC or water. Because it’s hot!!!

Scroll to the end for your free printable.

20 Cheap and Easy Summer Activities for Toddlers plus a free printable!

 

*By the way, I’m pretty sure this goes without saying, but make sure you supervise your toddler for these activities, especially the ones involving water.

 

20 Free or Inexpensive Summer Activities

 

1. Bubbles

These are super inexpensive and you can find them at places like Dollar Tree, Five Below, or Wal-Mart.

2. Play Place at the mall, Chick-fil-A, or McDonald’s

Sometimes we get a meal and play. But other times we’ll go mid-morning before lunch and just get a drink.

3. Make a blanket fort and read

We love to read, but it is so much more fun in a fort and with a flashlight!

4. Dance party

Pandora and YouTube are great places to find kid friendly songs for free!

5. Play follow the leader

My son loves it when we put on hats and march around the house!

6. Look through photo albums

Remember these? They came before we had cell phones! My son loves to look at old pictures.

7. Make paper airplanes and toss them around the house.

This may be a boy thing, or not! But my son loves throwing things. Paper airplanes are about all he is allowed to trow in the house.

8. Vacation Bible School

Not all church have classes for toddlers, but if there is a church that does, this would be a fun thing to do!

9. Movie and popcorn

Make this one cheap by borrowing a movie from the library or trade one with a friend.

10. Indoor picnic with stuffed animals

The hotter it gets, the less we eat lunch outside. To make lunch fun, why not spread out a sheet on the floor and have your stuffed animals join you.

11. Make a no-bake treat

There’s no need to turn on the oven. My son loves Rice Krispie treats, but there are so many no bake treat recipes available online.

12. Visit the library

We have a big children’s section in our library and my son loves checking out all of the fun toys and chairs more than the books!

13. Eat popcicles

Aren’t these the best on a hot summer day?

14. Have an indoor (or outdoor) scavenger hunt

Make a list of simple items for your toddler to find around the house and have him bring them to you.

15. Run through the sprinkler or play in the kiddie pool

We bought our sprinkler* for less than $7 last year and our kiddie pool* the summer before that. It is so much cheaper than paying to go to water park. And easier!

16. Play balloon volley

Our local Publix grocery store gives away a free balloon to the kids. My son loves to hit it back and forth. You can also pick up a bag at Dollar Tree for $1.

17. Make s’mores in the microwave

Don’t turn on that oven. Just microwave the marshmallow for a few seconds and have a s’more.

18. Take a bath for fun

If it is super hot outside or you just don’t feel like going outside, have “pool time” in the bathtub. Just make sure there are plenty of towels nearby for the extra splashes!

19. Play with water bucket and sponges

Fill a small bucket with water and added a few sponges or washcloths. Let them play in the water out outside.

20. Have a play date

Have a friend over to play with toys or do any of the other activities.

 

Cheap and Easy summer activites to do with your toddler that all involve water or are indoors! Get your free printable here!

Get your free printable here or clicking on the picture above.

 

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2 Comments


  1. //

    We bought a bubble gun for my little granddaughter when we went on vacation. She is loving it! These are some great ideas!


    1. //

      That sounds like a lot of fun! Bubbles are great entertainment. 🙂

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