Even though the days are getting shorter and school is back in session, it is still crazy warm in Virginia and we are soaking up as much outside time as we can! Just because we spend time outside doesn’t mean I want to stop with the educational activities. There are plenty of fun ways to enjoy the outdoors while learning. Here is a round-up of some of my favorite outdoor educational activities for toddlers.
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Favorite Outdoor Educational Activities for Toddlers:
I-Spy — Aiden and I walk every day. One of my favorite games to play with him is I-spy. We have been playing this since he was 1.5 or so (basically once he could understand colors). These days we can look for colors, shapes, and objects.
Painting with Objects — Aiden loves to paint and being outside offers tons of options for different ways to apply paint. We have a wooded area nearby and we love going to it and picking up various objects like leaves, sticks, and rocks to stamp on our paper to see what type of texture and shape it creates. We even made a “paintbrush” out of a stick and some leaves!
Go Find It Card Game — These cards came out of one of our recent Growing Roots boxes. It’s perfect for outdoor adventures. It’s a scavenger hunt game with 33 cards which represent different sensations and sensory characteristics you can find outdoors in nature. It comes in a small drawstring bag so I usually throw it in Aiden’s backpack to take out whenever we are out and about and need something to do.
Summer Activities Tokens–These were another Growing Roots box find, but you can get them on Etsy. There are 60 different activities listed on the coins that can be done inside or outside. They also sell one specifically for nature activities.
What kinds of fun educational activities for toddlers do you love to do in the summer? I would love to hear in the comments!
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