Fun Outdoor Activities For Kids That Toddlers Can Follow Along With During Spring & Summer

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Having eight kids means lots of different activities going on all the time at the same time. My kids range from age 6 weeks to 15 years old so what one of the older kids may be doing the other kid who is 2 may not be able to do. So, I’ve had to really sit down and figure out activities we can do at home in the backyard or front yard or what can be done with a short walk to one of the many parks around us.

We can’t always get to the parks so making sure we have plenty to do in the backyard is ideal. Here is a list of items to pick up (most can be found at the dollar store) that the kids can all do together while outside!

  • Bubbles
  • Hula Hoops
  • Skipping Ropes
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Bug Catcher Set
  • Butterfly Net
  • Water Guns

Looking for big items to have in your backyard that can stay out and are safe for toddlers? Consider picking these up!

  • Sandbox
  • Water Table
  • Picnic Table
  • Toddler Wading Pool
  • Sprinkler
  • Trampoline
  • Play House
  • Monkey Bars
  • Small Swing Set
  • Toddler Jungle Gym

What about putting your thinking cap on and coming up with some really fun things the kids can MAKE out in the backyard!

  • Fairy Garden
  • Plant a Flower Garden/Grow Their own Veggies
  • Create a race car track
  • Build an Outdoor Fence Chalk Board
  • Bird Feeders for Backyard Trees (here’s an easy one!)

Looking for things to make to enjoy in your backyard, try these fun ideas!

  • Slushies
  • Frozen Berries
  • Yogurt Covered Frozen Fruit
  • Homemade Popsicle’s
  • Frozen Bananas Dipped in Chocolate

There are so many fun treats, toys, and activities to do in the backyard when you can’t get to the park. Wanting to go to the park? Pack a picnic and head over to the closest one! Toddlers can take part in many activities at the park. I know our little toddler loves the swings and going up and down the slide multiple times!



  • Reply Alli Smith May 24, 2018 at 9:56 am

    These are all great ways to keep kids busy and happy during the summer months. My grandsons love to break out the water guns and play for hours.

  • Reply candy May 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

    All of these games are fun and would entertain not only the kids but adults as well. Get outdoors and enjoy all the fresh air and sunshine together.

  • Reply Jeanette May 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Just in time for summer! We just started summer break and we need ideas to stay engaged all summer so we are not just looking at the screen!

  • Reply Amber Myers May 24, 2018 at 11:12 am

    These are some fun ideas. My kids always loved their water table when they were small. We have a trampoline in the backyard now, so they’re usually on that.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman May 24, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I lve the idea of the little ones being led and playing with the older kids in your family. Having plenty of snacks is an essential and you have chosen some of the best.

  • Reply Jenn@Engineermommy May 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    This is an awesome, very comprehensive list of ideas for easy backyard fun. So many of these things are on my go-to list, but some more great ideas in here that I haven’t thought of too.

  • Reply Janet May 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I could not imagine having eight kids and yet you do it with creativity! Some creative games to keep them occupied this summer.

  • Reply Paula Schuck May 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Yes what about just gardening together too. When my kids were small we did all kinds of science experiments in the yard. That was a lot of fun. We blew things up – although maybe that’s not great for a toddler. But the point is yes there are so many easy and affordable fun things you can do without breaking the bank so to speak.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Now these are some awesome looking ideas for kids and toddlers! I love the idea of getting outside and playing.

  • Reply Kelly Reci May 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Oh yes! Hula hoops! I forgot how fun those were. These are a great way to get the entire family outside.

  • Reply Eduardo May 24, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    great tips that are already keeping the kids occupied!

  • Reply Ricci May 25, 2018 at 1:18 am

    My favorite summer time play activity with kids is to play in the sprinklers!! I still have a set that I like to get out when my nieces and nephews come over!!

  • Reply Debra Hawkins May 25, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Our favorite activity for our toddler is the splash pad! We love the sprinklers too! All of the water fun for us!

  • Reply chubskulit rose May 25, 2018 at 6:39 am

    What a great list! My daughter and I always find it so much fun to do hula hoops outside.

  • Reply Heather May 25, 2018 at 8:57 am

    You are a super mom. Yes, the number of things going on at one time is insane and makes my brain hurt. I have only two, but I did run a home daycare before so I get it. These are wonderful tips.

  • Reply Brit Strawbridge May 25, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Wow! Such a great roundup of activities!! My son would love to make a racetrack in our backyard! Will have to figure out how to accomplish this!

  • Reply Dhemz May 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    oh, how cool! Thanks for sharing these ideas. I have a 12 year old and 1.5 year old.

  • Reply Anosa Malanga May 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Wow! Indeed such amazing mom you are! I guess this is indeed worth sharing to my mommy friends. For now, I will keep this in mind since I am not yet a mom. Salute to you my dear!

  • Reply Heather May 27, 2018 at 1:25 am

    The summer starts out so exciting. But it can be hard to keep the kids entertained for weeks on end. Definitely need this as a reminder of fun activities to keep us going. Love that they’ll require the kids to stay active, too.

  • Reply Melanie May 27, 2018 at 1:27 am

    What a great list to keep the littles entertained this summer! I have signed up girls up for some camps, but that’ll only last a couple of weeks. Need to save these ideas for the other weeks.

  • Reply Meeta May 27, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Hula hoops OMG! Yes they were so much of fun. I think I need to get a few this summer and practice with my kid and his friends – how fun!

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