Summer is here and I want to have fun!!! I also want to make sure (this and every summer) is MEMORABLE AND AFFORDABLE!!!!
As a SAHM I want make sure we get out as much as possible, but I do want to avoid excessive spending, especially since toddlers don't need much to be entertained. I don't think we have to spend tons of money to have fun, or venture very far. So with that in mind, I put together a list of
activities that take advantage of the wonderful outdoor spaces within our community. For the rainy days or blazing hot days we also have a list of fun art activities to do, that can also be transitioned to outdoors. For example, bring a few art supplies to the local park and paint in the shade.
This list really just requires a check of the weather, minimal planning and a small bit of preparation for a ton of fun and endless memories.These ideas are fitting for any toddler ages 18 months and up. I hope you will find a few ideas to add to your summer activity list:
Free Activities - places to go within your community
Low Cost Activities - places that cost a few dollars and require a small bit of travel
Artsy Activities - things to do at home with your toddler, using found items from your outdoor excursions and a few craft materials that are easily accessible at any dollar store and/or grocery store.
Picnic at the Park (while at the park collect interesting rocks and sticks for a nature collection. See my picnic essentials list here.)
Lunch at the Playground with friends
Nature Scavenger Hunts (fun way to incorporate the alphabet or learning the names of things found in the park)
Fly a kite (or helium balloon)
Visit the splash pad
Have an outdoor Tea Party
Sign up for Library Summer activities (local libraries often have summer activities weekly, check them out)
Get on your local Parks & Recreations email list for summer events & activities listings
Low Cost Activities
Visit a farm and go berry picking
Visit a zoo
Visit the Aquarium
Visit the Farmers Market & have a picnic
Visit the Beach (make sand castles & collect seashells)
Go out for Ice Cream
Visit your local bakery for fresh cookies
Sign up to EventBrite & Groupon for updates and discounts on local events
Make a summer journal (create a fun cover and use it to save found leaves, flowers, drawings)
Make homemade bubbles
Make homemade jam (with those berries from the farm, here is a recipe)
Make sun catchers
Bake & decorate cookies or cupcakes
Paint rocks from your nature collection
Paint sea shells from your nature collection
Paint sticks and twigs, to make magic wands
Water balloon toss
Make Puffy Paint (Mix equal parts shaving cream & glue, add food coloring)
Chalk paint (In a ziplock bag crush chalk, then add water! Use this for painting on canvases or sidewalk)
For more tips on surviving the summer as a Stay at Home Mom - check out my friends over at Mamahood In A Nutshell!
Download our checklist here.