Summer is a great time to get out of the house with your toddler. However, with only a month left to go, you may be struggling to come up with new and exciting ways to keep your child entertained. One way to ensure you make the most of what is left of the hot summer days is to create a toddler bucket list.
Not only does a bucket list give you plenty of ideas of what to do with your toddler, but it’s also fun to tick off the activities as you go along. You can add as many things to the bucket list as you want to. So, what exactly is a toddler bucket list and what kind of things can you add to it?
What Is A Toddler Bucket List?
Bucket lists are nothing new, but they’re typically used as a “list of things I want to do before I die”. So, they usually include big things such as swimming with dolphins, skydiving and visiting various destinations around the world.
However, there’s no rule saying you can’t use a bucket list for other things in life. In fact, it can really help you to ensure you achieve everything you want to within a set period of time. Toddler summer bucket lists for example, are becoming really popular and that’s because they’re helping to fend off boredom and help parents make the most of the summer holidays with their little one.
It’s basically a long list of things you want to do with your toddler before the end of summer. As you complete each activity, you cross it off the list.
So, what kind of things should you put on the list? If you’re struggling, below you’ll find some great ideas for inspiration.
Top Toddler Bucket List Ideas
While summer is generally hot and sunny, it’s important to ensure your list incorporates both indoor and outdoor activities. That way, if there is the odd rainy day, you’ll still have plenty of ideas to work with.
So, what types of ideas can you add to a toddler summer bucket list? Well, you can split activities into different categories such as:
- Outdoor exploration
- Outdoor activities
- Indoor activities
- Group activities
Then, add as many activities as you can think of to each category. That way, no matter what the weather is like or what you both feel like doing on any given day, there will be something to fit your requirements.
Let’s take a look at some examples for each category you could use…
Outdoor Exploration – Outdoor play is vital for a toddler’s development, and what better way to channel their natural outdoor enthusiasm than with exploration activities?
Just some of the things you can add to this list include heading to the beach, going to the park, heading off to the zoo and going on long walks. Each of these activities allows your toddler to discover new things. Whether it’s wildlife watching, or having fun making sandcastles on the beach – outdoor exploration is a must for any toddler summer bucket list.
Outdoor Activities – Of course, you don’t even have to leave your back yard to help your toddler enjoy the outdoors. There’s plenty of fun summer activities they can take part in wherever they are.
Think sensory play activities for example. Any outdoor activity that incorporates water into the mix will go down well and help to keep them cool on hotter days. You could also create your own outdoor teepee – how fun would that be! Painting and toddler gardening are also fab ideas. There’s literally no end to the amount of summer outdoor activities you can try out. Why not look online for inspiration?
Indoor Activities – There’s a lot of fun indoor summer activities you and your toddler can do. Whether you need to stay home to catch up on chores, you want to keep your little one out of the sun for a while, or the weather isn’t great – put together a list of activities which can be done indoors.
Just a few ideas include making your own ice cream in freezer bags, having an indoor picnic, dressing up and having a blast with indoor bowling.
Group Activities – Even with a long list of indoor and outdoor activities, if you don’t get out and socialize with others, you’re going to start feeling like you’re going insane. Socialization is also important for your toddler’s development, so take a look at the different group activities available in your area.
You’ll find there’s typically a lot more toddler groups hosted during the summer, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding something to suit you and your child. You might just be surprised by the number of different groups available.
You can also get out and socialize with others by going to community events. Again, summer is prime time for local events and simply getting out with your toddler without having to directly participate directly, can be great for the both of you.
Tips For Creating Your Bucket List
Finding inspiration for activities to add to your summer toddler bucket list is easy. However, the purpose of a bucket list is to ensure you do the things you really want to do.
So, when creating the list, consider what your main goals are. Do you want them to learn new things? Is there something you don’t usually get time to do with your toddler that you could do in summer?
Ideally, you want to try to come up with ideas you can’t usually do at any other time. So, spend a little time thinking about the types of activities that would best fit your goals.
Overall, a toddler summer bucket list is a fantastic idea and it can really help make the summer months much more interesting. You and your little one will have a lot of fun, not just doing the things on the list, but ticking them off too. So, if you haven’t yet created one, now’s definitely the time to consider doing so.