- Nature Walk (grab a bucket and find all the exciting rocks and sticks along the way)
- Garden; not a great one day activity, but a fun project from spring to summer.
- City Walk (again, grab a bucket and maybe a piece of chalk, or just wander down a street stopping in the occasional toy store to play)
- Go on a Picnic; fun with friends, or all by yourselves
- Go to a Provincial Park / trail / beach / farm etc. There's only a little searching required to find awesome public gems in your community.
- Take pictures. Especially fun if you have an older camera the little one can hold. Head out to the yard and have a photo shoot.
- Blow Bubbles. Never not fun. The new coloured bubbles are a neat outdoor toy, and they're strong, so they don't pop when they land on the grass, but they're practically ink, so be ready.
- Play in a sprinkler. Or better yet, if you live by a water park, they can be very exciting.
- Play ball! Soccer, football, baseball, beach ball, toddlers love 'em and can surprise you with how well they can handle them at a very young age.
- Enjoy a messy snack. Take advantage of not having to scrub the floors or wipe sticky off the walls and grab a Popsicle or dive into a watermelon. They're better when they're messy anyways.
- Park play date. Or, if you're lucky like us and have a few parks in a small subdivision, go for a park-crawl. This one will wear them out for sure.
- Bug Safari. Head off to the woods or a field and start searching. In fact, according to retired biologist Jennifer Owen, the best place to discover new species of bugs is right in your own back yard!
- Watch clouds. Not for every busy little one, but for some, it's a new world of floating shapes!
- Watch a construction site. Not too close mind you, but heavy machinery in real life is pretty impressive.
- Go for a bus ride. You don't have to actually go anywhere, just a little adventure on a big bus.
- Have a conversation. Have your little one tell you all about the things they can see, and you can tell them all about them too.
- Watch planes take off/land. To some a trip to the airport is a lengthy drive, but we can see the airport from our yard (not always great) and Bugaboo loves watching the planes ("Airmapes" he calls them).
- And last but not least, as I previously mentioned, Chalk! Makes a mess and washes off easy. Just keep them away from the cars.
Well what do you think of that, eh? As it's the cusp of June, yeah, these are all summer ideas. Maybe I'll do a part three in the fall/winter. Wait and see.
However, as my hubby is away this week, nap time is stretched a little thin by the things I want to get done around the house, so I'd best get to work.