A toddlers summer bucket list or 35 things to do with your toddler in the summer

Having a toddler at home in the summer time is a lot of fun but also draining! We are always busy doing something. The best part about the summertime is that many of the activities that we are doing are free or low-cost. Sure, I’ve made a few trips to the store to buy some stuff but it’s the most simple things that entertain my daughter the most.

Not sure what to do with your toddler in the summer? Check out this list for some inspiration!

  1. Blow bubbles
  2. Draw with chalk
  3. Play catch
  4. Have a dance party
  5. Run through a sprinkler
  6. Go swimming
  7. Go to the beach
  8. Check out a local farmers market
  9. Read books
  10. Bake cupcakes
  11. Build a sandcastle
  12. Paint a picture
  13. Play eye-spy
  14. Go to a local park
  15. Check out a local splash pad
  16. Go to the zoo
  17. Build a fort
  18. Pretend to go camping in your backyard
  19. Have a lemonade stand
  20. Enjoy a picnic in a park
  21. Visit the library
  22. Play hide-and-seek
  23. Make homemade popsicles
  24. Play dress up
  25. Plant a garden
  26. Fly a kite
  27. Collect rocks
  28. Go for a bike ride
  29. Pick flowers
  30. Visit a museum
  31. Water Play (fill a bucket with water and add boats and containers)
  32. Play hopscotch
  33. Have a water fight
  34. Go berry picking
  35. Have a campfire and roast marshmallows or makes s’mores

I have created a printable form to check off the activities as you do them in the summertime! Enjoy

What activities do you enjoy doing with your toddlers in the summer?


  1. Katie @ Pick Any Two says:

    Great list! We’ve done some of these already but not all. Pinning now!

  2. Yuen C says:

    Great list, thanks!

  3. kathy downey says:

    I love this list,thanks

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    I love this list of ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  5. mrdisco1 says:

    that’s a fun list

  6. Darlene Schuller says:

    These are simple and very fun ideas! My grandbaby is just a few months old but oh my i can’t hardly wait until next summer when she’s on legs terrorizing her parents!! yay! lol

  7. Aliza says:

    Great list. Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!

  8. seham merzib says:

    awesome list! thanks

  9. juliecrombe says:

    As an au pair of a 1,5 year old I love those ideas! What is hopscotch though? Never heard of that!

  10. Steph says:

    Such simple things to do to enjoy your precious time with your toddler. I love this list. Thanks for sharing.

    • mscmommylife says:

      Yes, sometimes parents get carried away that kids need complicated activities. Simple usually equals the most fun for all

  11. Anne Taylor says:

    Now, this, is a list! I’ll be doing alot of these with my grandkids this summer!

  12. kathy downey says:

    lots of fun posted in this list

  13. nicolthepickle says:

    This is a good list. I would like to take my kids to the zoo sometime this summer.

  14. Liberty T. says:

    This is such a great list, thank you for posting it! My family and I have gone berry picking and we have had many picnics to the park.

    • mscmommylife says:

      I’m hoping to go berry picking in the next few weeks! We have enjoyed many picnics already this summer

  15. Tanille says:

    My little is 9 months old right now… I will for sure be saving this list for next summer!! I can’t wait:)

  16. Amanda says:

    Excellent list of ideas to keep a busy toddler (& mommy) entertained!

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