Summer Activities For Toddlers

Thinking about fun things to do this summer with your 1 to 3 year old? Summer is the perfect time to get the kids outside and have fun with art activities, messy play, water activities and more. Below you will find over 15 fun and easy summer activities for toddlers.

15 Fun Summer Activities For Toddlers

DIY Treasure Chest for Toddlers

Make your our own cute DIY Treasure Chest for Toddlers using a baby wipes container and baby food lids. And I just happened to have some gold spray paint leftover from our Solomon’s Temple blocks to make our makeshift “treasure chest” and gold coins a little more authentic-looking.

DIY Treasure Chest for Toddlers

Rolling Pin Art for Toddlers

Creativity at our house majorly suffers during the winter months, mainly because I don’t want to clean up big messes indoors. Thank goodness that with summer comes more creative projects…which can easily be washed away with just rain or the water hose! Our rolling pin art for toddlers was definitely a messy hit!

Big Art for Toddlers using a rolling pin

Foamy Soap Painting For Toddlers

Little did I know, Little Sister would absolutely LOVE this foamy painting activity. She thought it was so much fun to wash her hands and paint at the same time. This is definitely a toddler art activity that we will do again (I even saved the bottles so they are ready to go next time).

Slide Painting

OK, we first did this fun toddler art activity indoors. But it is not for the faint of heart and would work so much better outdoors where you can hose any mess down!

Water Soaker Painting

Little Sister enjoyed this water soaker painting activity for toddlers. In fact, it looked like so much fun, her older brothers decided they should get in on the action too.

Round Up the Balls

round up the balls - a simple game for toddlers

Toddler Fishing

Go fishing…with a toddler spin! Little Sister had a blast with this fun summertime activity! It focuses primarily on hand-eye coordination and fine motor control (by manipulating the net). You can also add some color recognition and counting practice as well.

fishing for toddlers

Painting At The Pool

This is such a simple summer activity for toddlers, take along some paint brushes with you next time you are headed to the pool. Do be warned, you may find even the older kids want to to join in with the fun.


Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! Why not go for a walk around the neighborhood with your toddler and see what shapes you can spot.

spot the shape

Toddler Golf

These DIY Toddler Golf Clubs made for the perfect golf-inspired summer activity for young children.

Toddler Golf

Walk The Line

Balance is a tricky thing for a toddler. This is one safe way to ease into learning to balance. Just lay a piece of masking tape (or painter’s tape) on the ground and encourage your little one to “walk the line”. Suitable for indoors or take it outdoors during the summer!

Color Hop For Toddlers

This summer activity for toddlers could not be easier. All you need is assorted colors of chalk!

Alphabet Match For Toddlers

One thing that I love about the toddler age is that you can make anything a game. Kiddos don’t even realize that they are learning because they are having so much fun in the process! This outdoor Alphabet Match for toddlers was a big hit with Little Sister and I was thrilled that she was actually enjoying learning letter names!

Alphabet Target Practice

Not only is this summer activity for toddlers great for introducing and reviewing letter names (and even sounds), it is also great for fine motor control. Your child will have to use the small muscles in his/her hands to pull the trigger on the water gun while also aiming it to try and hit the alphabet targets!

Shaving Cream Fun

We tried out this new sensory experience with shaving cream and cornstarch. The boys loved it and if we’re being completely honest…I thought it was pretty cool too! :)

After it is mixed up well, it is moldable. The texture is nothing like I’ve felt before and I can’t even do it justice describing it–you’ll just have to try it out for yourself! Messy outdoor summer fun!

Scooping And Sorting For Toddlers

This summer activity is a two-for-one! Your toddler will get some great fine motor practice using the spoon to scoop the lids (which is harder than it might seem) while simultaneously encouraging the cognitive concept of sorting based on similar characteristics (in this case, color).

Toddler Balance Beam

Toddler Balance Beam

Balancing On Boxes

This balancing on boxes for toddlers activity is appropriate for little ones who have been walking for a while and are ready to attempt walking on uneven surfaces. Little Sister started walking at 10 1/2 months (my earliest walker) and is now 16 months old.

Balancing on Boxes

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