With the warmer months fast approaching I’ve created a quick to set up toddler wonderland in our garden which I thought I would share with you. From sporting activities to reflective reading corners, I’ve attempted to cover all bases! This is also a great way for toddlers to release some energy and soak up a little vitamin D at the same time.
This is easily achieved with an outdoor tent or teepee, a hand woven rug, blankets and cushions. I’ve also added a book stand filled with our toddler’s favourite books for a dual purpose space. This is optional, but you can decorate your teepee with flower garlands or paper garland decorations for a whimsical effect. Potted plants can also be added and these moss animals which are cute.
Art & Craft Table
A simple set of children’s table and chairs will work here covered in drawing paper, pencils, crayons and stick and paste activities. Other activities could include making paper chains, origami or sticker fun, the possibilities are endless. A dual blackboard/whiteboard is also a great idea. If you dare, include washable paints too but do consider a playmat to protect your grass and also a large play bib.
Obstacle Course & Little Athletics
This is a great way to have your toddler exert some energy and let off some steam and it can be achieved simply with things you have around the house or these alternatives. The first is this crawling tunnel, waterproof and stores away easily. The second is these kids sporting cones and sand bags which you can set up to form an agility course set to your toddler’s skill level. We also have this little car, which is a hit and toddlers can attempt to manoeuver their way around the sporting cones.
If your little one loves football, then two temporary nets and a ball is all you need and also the sporting cones or sand bags from the obstacle course. If they prefer tennis for example, these swingballs are ideal as a great introduction to the game. For those with a larger yard, a balance bike is also a great idea. Or alternativity, a mini basketball hoop is also a fun sport to introduce and is easy for your toddler to achieve. We also love these velcro catchers too.
Making a Splash
In summer a paddle pool or water activity is so much fun and this can include anything from an actual family pool to a themed dinosaur paddle pool to a water slide if you have a slope to a palm tree water feature. There are also water tables which are easy to set up and take minimal space in the garden. The options are endless.
Make Believe Corner
A treasure chest filled with costumes and toys encouraging imaginary play is a great way to spend summer days in the garden. From tea sets and an Alice in Wonderland theme to dinosaurs, whatever you can find in their playroom and add it to the chest of imagination.
If you have any additional ideas and activities please do share them below!
Kerstin // Lux Mumma
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