Summer is finally here and it’s time to enjoy the sunshine, warmth and outdoor spaces. These simple outdoor ideas and activities for your toddlers and preschoolers are fun to do together. Check out our top tips for getting outdoors this summer with your toddlers too! So here you go our ideas for activities to do outdoors with your little ones this summer.

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Top Tips for Getting Outdoors with your Little ones This Summer

Although the sun maybe bright, the temperature soaring it doesn’t mean that you can’t get outdoors this summer with your toddlers and preschoolers here are our top tips for getting outdoors safely and enjoying it too.

  • Head outdoors first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon evening
  • Set up a play area in the shade
  • Put umbrellas up over water tables and sand pits to provide shade throughout the day
  • Keep misters available to cool down
  • Pack some ice pops in a thermos to stay cool and hydrated
  • Use sun-safe swimwear as cover-ups
  • Don’t forget a hat!
  • Set up a drinks station where even little kids can help themselves to the water
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Outdoor Activities for Summer Fun with Toddlers and Preschoolers

We’ve put together our favorite outdoor activities to do with toddlers and preschoolers check them out below.

Homemade Bubble Mix

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Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. Toddlers and preschoolers love to blow bubbles but if your little ones are anything like mine then the bubble mix is always been tipped over or running out. This bubble mix recipe is perfect, quick and easy to make and your little ones will have hours of fun blowing bubbles to their hearts content.
Check out this recipe

Bubble Print Art

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Want to create some fun art with your toddlers, this coloured bubble art is best done outside. But what a great way to get creative, have fun and if your little ones are like mine get a bit messy too!
Instructions Here!

Outdoor Art with Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

recipe for easy sidewalk chalk paint that kids will love to use
Never run out of sidewalk chalk again with this simple recipe to create your own. This paint version is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to use as they can squeeze it out of bottles to create pictures on the ground, fence and walls. Just wash off at the end of the day!
Check out this recipe

Stay Cool and Paint with Ice!

Keep Cool and get creative making your own ice paints
Keep cool and paint at the same time with this easy DIY Ice Paints that your toddlers and preschoolers will love to use their imagination to create artwork for you.
Full instructions here!

Collect Worms and Make a DIY Bottle Wormery

A simple how to make wormery from a plastic drinks bottle to help children understand what worms do. Ideal for home or classroom to explore habitats.
Get digging in the soil and find some worms and then create a home for them and over the summer watch how they change the soil with this simple DIY Plastic Bottle Wormery that little kids will love to make.
Find Out How Here!

100 Quick & Easy Ideas for Summer Fun!

FREE Printable list of ideas for when the kids say “I’m Bored!”

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Grow your own Plants

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Get gardening with your toddlers and grow your own plants, check out our tips for using recycled contains and the best plants to grow with your little ones this summer.
Click for all the details!

Beach Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers that everyone will enjoy

Even little ones can play at the beach - check out our games that your toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy as well as you and any bigger kids you have.
Find all the ideas here!

Forest Scavenger Hunt

Hunt for creatures in the woods whilst you stay cool with the kids. Get the FREE printable scavenger hunt and discover whether there really is a Gruffalo or other forest creatures near you!
FREE Printable Here!

Go Rock Pooling with your Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Head to the shore and discover the amazing life that lives in the rock and tide pools that appear. Hunt for fish and crabs with this simple guide on what you will need and some of the fantastic creatures that you will discover too.
Read the full guide for rock pooling with kids!

Head out blackberry picking

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Keep an eye out on your walks and at the first sign of ripeness head out with your toddlers and preschoolers to pick some delicious blackberries. Read our guide on tips and advice for doing this with little ones and some delicious recipes and crafts that you can use them for.
Blackberry picking and ideas for Tots!

More Activities for Summer with your Toddlers and Preschoolers

Are you looking for even more ideas and activities to do with your toddlers and preschoolers this summer?

Then these best simple ideas for summer activities for your toddlers and preschoolers. These are tried and tested from paper plates to vacation memories that you can make and perfect for when you head back inside with your little ones.

More Seasonal Outdoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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100 Quick & Easy Ideas for Summer Fun!

FREE Printable list of ideas for when the kids say “I’m Bored!”

flat lay of the free printable summer bucket list with cute summer fruit puppets on a blue background

PLUS easy, fun activities and ideas straight to your inbox.