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I’m dealing with a dilemma I’ve never had to worry about before.
I’ve got a 14-month-old baby that I have to keep entertained on the days I’m not working.
I know for my readers who are long-time mom’s you are laughing your head off.
I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this, but seriously I’ve got to start finding ways to keep her occupied or I’m going to go crazy.
She is at that point where she wants to get into everything – and I do mean everything. Finding fun educational activities for the summer is top of my list right now.
I did what I always do when I need help and turned to Pinterest.
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Anyway, I found some fun ideas that I thought some of you guys might appreciate.
- How to make a bubble snake blower – Such a fun simple idea with great directions. What kid doesn’t like creating tons of bubbles.
- DYI Homemade Water Wall – This one is a bit old for Ella, but I had to include it because it is the best idea ever. I can’t wait to try this one when she gets a bit older.
- Toy Surfboard Crafts for Kids – At this point, I’d use it more as a bath toy for Ella, but can guarantee she’ll love this one.
- Pouring station – I love this idea. Super simple, cheap, and easy to set up – definitely more of an outdoor activity unless you are super brave.
- Colorful Melting Ice – Ella is fascinated with ice, so I can’t wait to try this one out.
- Ice Bath Fun – This is a mixture of the pour station and the colorful melting ice idea – super fun and easy for any toddler to handle.
- Water Pistol Panting – Another idea for when Ella is older, but one I can’t wait to try. Based on family genes she will love guns.
- Washable Painting on a Shower Curtain – What a great idea of a huge canvas you can easily clean!
- Homemade Chalk Paint – What kid doesn’t want to use chalk paint.
- Frozen Water Bead Activity – I can’t do this one yet since Ella still likes to eat everything, but am bookmarking it for future play.
- Making Ice Cream in a Sandwich Bag – Always a winning choice during the Phoenix heat.
Fun Water Toys For Outdoor Activities With Toddlers
- Water Bomb Splash Balls – Ella loves playing with these even at her age. They are a great toy to help teach kids ball skills while keeping them cool.
- Sprinkler Toys – We have a splash pad in our neighborhood, so I don’t use the sprinkler toy very often. However, I think the sprinkler toy is what got my daughter comfortable around water so that she enjoys the splash pad.
- Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat – I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks absolutely perfect for a toddler/older baby.
Online Learning Activities for Toddlers:
I found a ton of ABC type activities for toddlers, but most of them were full of ads and junk that I don’t want my daughter to see yet.
I finally found a program called ABCMouse that is completely ad free. However, it costs, but has a ton of learning games and is inexpensive. I’m planning to hold off on purchasing it for a few more months because of Ella’s age, but if you are looking for inexpensive ad-free learning games it has rave reviews online.
While searching for ideas I also came across a couple of planner/kit type packages as well.
I need all the help I can get, so the packaged kits are right up my alley.
Most of the resource I found are free, but I did end up purchasing one summer fun pack that I’ve been super impressed with so far.
It is geared towards kids that are slightly older than Ella, so I recommend The Complete Summertime Fun Planner for parents with kids from 2-10.
It is going to be perfect for next year when she is just a little bit older.
Right now she just isn’t going to use the scavenger hunts and creative brainstorming worksheet. I really wish she were old enough to use the chore chart – I could use some help in that area.
What I will be using are the activity ideas and the planning calendar. There is even a section for out of house adventure planning. The activity and packing lists are pretty cool as well.
If you need some fun activities for your kids this summer the Summertime Fun Planner is pretty awesome.
It is funny how even though I’ve raised a bunch of step-kids it is completely different when you are dealing with a toddler. My step kids were teenagers, so keeping the entertained was completely different.
On a side note, does anyone have a recommendation for a summer fun kit geared towards 1-2-year-olds?
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