21 Jun 2014

7 Toddler Activities for a Sunny Day

The elusive British Summer has finally put in an appearance in our garden. So J and I have been spending increasingly more time outdoors in all our glorious summer finery. Aka shorts and t-shirts. 

It is quite amazing how a little imagination and a lot of sunshine can transform something as mundane as your back garden into a bustling haven of outdoor fun. 

Here are our top 7 tips to make the most of your garden on a sunny day. 

1) Collect things, any thing. Daisies, blades of grass, pebbles, sticks. Pick them up, put them in a pile. Or fill your watering can to the brim. Not with water, with things. Then carry it all back to your parent as an offering.
Collect things
 2) Wait and watch. Take a break from the collecting and watch out for things. Like a kitty-cat moving stealthily in the hedge. Or a bird chirping in the bushes. Or an apple falling off a tree.

Wait and watch
3) Peddle your wares. You have watched. And waited. And collected. It is now time to stash your bounty in the back of your tricycle. And pedal away furiously to peddle your wares. To the waiting parent.
Peddle your wares
4) Blow bubbles. Lots of soapy bubbles. Big ones and little ones. And the ones that stick to the end of the stick and refuse to get blown out like proper bubbles.

Blow bubbles
5) Watch as the bubbles float high up into the blue sky. Or settle on the grass at your feet. Chase them all down. Pop the bubbles. All the while spilling soapy bubble mixture in all directions. Covering everything in slimy soap.

Pop the bubbles
6) Fill a large plastic tub with water. Grab a couple of fallen leaves from near your feet. Give the leaves a good old soak in the water. Then get to work. Clean everything in sight. Windows, doors, patios. Even things that don't really need cleaning. Like the parent that gets in the way of your cleaning.

Clean everything
7) Take a well earned break. Perch on the trampoline (who fancies bouncing around on a warm summer's day anyway) and cool off with that tub of water. Time to take stock of the day's play. Collection of things, peddled wares, spilled soap, tub of water. Stir up the perfect mixture to end the perfect day.
The perfect mixture


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

25 comments:

  1. I actually love this post as it shows how there are so many simple and fun things for kids to do in their own garden.

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  2. Looks like your kiddo is really enjoying the garden.

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  3. What a lovely post, I love how you've described the day. Such simple and yet beautiful things to spend the day doing #countrykids

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  4. Awww this is a nice list! Love the ideas! I dont have a garden but blowing bubbles is a must when we are chilling in our small terrace! #countrykids

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  5. Love it - looks like your little one is having such a fun day. We love having bubbles in the garden too :-)

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  6. Hooray for the sunshine and time spent outdoors having great fun! Lovely activities to keep the children entertained and happy all day. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  7. Bubbles are always a winner arent they! My son likes 'painting' the fence with an big proper paintbrush and a bucket of water - keeps him entertained for ages!

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  8. This just shows that you don't need to spend a fortune on toys to keep kids entertained, the simple things are so much better! Loved all the pictures too :) x

    JustJulie | Beauty Blog

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  9. Loving the sunshine here -although not sure where it has gone today! Some lovely, simple ideas here showing you don't need to break the bank to have fun :)

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  10. Lovely pictures of your little one. Just goes to show kids are entertained by the simplest of things x

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  11. It looks like your little one as a great time in the garden. My two children love doing these things too, especially the collecting. Lovely!

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  12. I love this post and do you know you have inspired me to pick up a bottle of bubbles for my school run.

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  13. great suggestions.... toddlers are such fun! Mine all loved playing in the garden x

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  14. ok im going with th bubbles, never a loss with my lot x

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  15. Fab tips that we all need to remember. Simple things go a long way when it comes to play

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  16. So glad the sun is shining as there is so much for children to do in the garden! Lovely post

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  17. I had my niece over today and we were collecting things in the garden, blowing bubbles and drawing on the patio with chalk! xx

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  18. Lovely post! Its so nice to see kids outside playing rather than glued to the tv or computer games etc! My little boy loves being outside and is really into looking for bugs at the moment (well that and the paddling pool lol!) and will spend ages out in the garden with his magnifying glass looking for insects and gathering up woodlice lol!! x

    Jess
    http://owlcrazymummy.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. These are great, simple and free! Anyone can do them

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  20. Some brilliant ideas. We've spent all day every day lately in the garden, just playing and exploring and it has been lovely!

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  21. The simple pleasures are the best, especially bubbles, you can't beat bubbles

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  22. Do you want to send him over to me to clean the outside of my house & toys?

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  23. Oh yes... all kids love being collectors :-)
    and there is always something new to be collected, especially in the countryside

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  24. There's no better place to be on a nice sunny day than in your back garden is there?

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  25. This is brilliant! What a wonderful way to explore the world around him!

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