10 Fun Things To Do In the Backyard With Your Toddler This Summer

Staying close to home doesn't have to be boring. Keep your toddler entertained with these fun games

They may not be those "lazy, hazy days" anymore, but summer days with your toddler are unlike any other. Making summer memories doesn't have to involve taking a road trip or a beach vacation—they can happen right in your backyard. Here are 10 ways to have fun in your backyard with toddler or baby.  
Make a rope swing 
Don't have a massive tree with thick branches in your backyard to tie a rope swing? You can attach a DIY baby/toddler swing (check out this one via Beautiful Mess), to a heavy duty hook that has been screwed into a beam in your fence, or clip it to a strong rope that has been tied around a tree trunk. Prepare the swing and swing away the afternoon.   
Splash around in a wading pool
There are wading pools on the market for kids and babies of all ages. Look for a PVC-free model to inflate and splash around in on super hot days. 
Blow bubbles
Blowing bubbles outside can be a fun sensory experience. Bubbles are wet and slimy and colour-changing as they float in the sunshine. The physical act of blowing can be an effective sensory-based way to focus and calm your toddler.
Fly a kite
Make a lightweight DIY pocket kite out of felt or paper tailored to the size of your baby so she can hold onto as it flies in the wind. 
Pick a bouquet of flowers
Take a slow stroll around your garden and let your baby pull the flowers she's drawn to to make a bouquet. This form of discovery play will plant the seed of a love of nature in your kid—pun intended. 
Make flower chain crowns
Crown yourselves kings or queens of the backyard with some stylin' flower chain crowns. Photo op anyone?
Have a picnic
Spread out a blanket on the grass for an alfresco meal in the sun. Pair it with some outdoor storytime for some added entertainment. 
Stay up late to watch a lunar eclipse or even just peer at the stars on a clear night. Wait for the fireflies to pop up around you—at dusk, for about half an hour on summer evenings all over Southern Ontario, they're likely to make an appearance, even in the city. 
Do some ribbon dancing
These colourful crepe paper windcatchers via Scrumdillydo are easy to make and super fun to take for a spin outside on a windy day. Reminiscent of May Pole ribbons, these streamers can be a ceremonious way to celebrate a new moon or a new month. 
Go fishing in a tinfoil river
When your baby is too young for sprinklers or water balloons, this tin foil river via Camo and Bows is a fun to splash around outside. Float some rubber ducks and sail some egg carton boats. Who needs a camp site when you've got reams of tinfoil and a hose?  

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