School's out and you may be wondering what summer activities your toddlers will be doing for three whole months! Not to worry, there are tons of exciting things for your kids to do! Here is a breakdown for your kids to keep busy before school starts this fall.
1.Summer Reading List
As the school year ends, kids will have more time to read their favorite books! Parents and toddlers can read a new children’s book once a week! Before bedtime, at the beach, during down time, there is always time to read a book. This is a great way for kids to continue to read outside of school and develop further reading and comprehension skills. Keep the idea of reading fun by not assigning kids "summer reading lists" or "homework". Here are some suggested readings for kids 6 years old and younger:
- Cat the Cat Who Is That? by Mo Willems
- If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
- Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss
2.Creative Crafts for Kids
During the summer, toddlers can show their creativity while having fun by decorating a potted plant, making garden art tiles, painting a treasure box, or customizing their room with beautiful paper lanterns! Have your kids ever made Tie Dye shirts? Supplies are cheap and kids can wear them throughout summer! Keeping toddlers busy by letting them create their own art is a great way to spend their summer day!
3.Fun with Food
Summer is all about great food, eating at local fairs, and when traveling, eating out a lot! Spend some time with your toddlers by cooking and baking easy recipes with them, like firework cookies,homemade ice cream, gingerbread men, and everyone's favorite: popsicles! Enjoy the dessert afterwards at home or bring it to a picnic at your local park and spend time outside. Better yet, organize a playdate and share the fruits of your labor with friends!
Invite the neighborhood kids to play outside! Toddlers can have fun by drawing with chalk on the street, playing their favorite sport at the local park, and playing various water balloon games! Getting out some of that energy before bedtime will make your job easier, and will allow for your kids to really make the most of thier summer.
5. Toddler Summer Camps
A great option for parents who like to have a bit of a "sanity break" while still providing enrichment for their kids is summer day camp. Often offered in full or half days, summer camps come in all different specialties like art, drama, dance, sports, academic, and swim. Younger toddlers typically do best with half day camps (especially if they still nap during the day), but full day camps can provide more comprehensive summer activities for older toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners. As an added bonus, full day camps give harried parents a bit more time to get things done on the homefront, or just take a well deserved rest!
Looking for summer toddler activities in Seattle?
In a big city, there are always things to do, places to go, and things to see. Here are some fun summer activities for toddlers in Seattle! Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., and there are plenty of sights and activities that are great for toddlers to see and do. You can visit the famous Seattle Space Needle, and enjoy the sights of the city from the top of the “Seattle Great Wheel” ferris wheel on Pier 57. For something fun and free, take your toddler to one of Seattle’s many parks! The city has temperate weather, which will allow for optimal fun under the sun.
The excitement of the legendary Pikes Place Market is an incredible sight to behold.
Overlooking the Elliot Bay waterfront of Seattle, it’s no wonder why this Market attracts so many visitors every year. The lights of the market at nighttime, the pungent smell of the flying fish as they are tossed through the air, and the assortment of flavors and goods for sale will have your toddler in awe of how vast the world really can be. The adventures there will make memories that last a lifetime! For more magical adventures that will have your toddler amazed, you can always visit the Gum Wall, take a peek at the astounding Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, explore the wonders of science at the Pacific Science Center and of course, sightseeing would not be complete without a visit to the Woodland Park Zoo.
Dance to EvOLvE invites kids to dance throughout summer and take weekly classes as well as sign up for our summer camps for toddlers and preschoolers! Dance is a great way to keep kids active and enjoy their summer in a fun learning environment!