The sun has been shining and you’ve no doubt been spending more time outside than usual. If you have little ones, you might be wondering how you can keep them entertained whilst you are outside in the sunshine, especially if you are wanting to lay down on a blanket and enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet.
We’re here to help. At Car Bed Shop, we’re experts in keeping kids entertained. Our novelty car beds come with LED lights and sound effects, and will keep your little one entertained inside for hours at a time.
But what if you’re outside? Well, we have your back there, too. Here are our top tips for keeping your toddlers entertained whilst outdoors.
Chalking is a great way to encourage your child’s creativity, and it’s such an easy activity to set up. Most children’s shops or crafting stores sell chunky chalks in a bucket, and these are the perfect outdoor activity for your little one.
This task works best if you have a big piece of pavement at the back or front of your house. Just give your toddlers the chalks and set them off. You can give them ideas on what to draw, if that helps, but their capacity to do it will depend on their age.
You can even use your chalks to draw a hopscotch on the path, then teach them how to play it.
Chalks are easy to clean with a jet wash, or a sweeping brush and hose.
2. Painting rocks
If you have a painting kit, encouraging your kids to collect and paint rocks is another great way to keep them entertained outside. We recommend you teach them how to turn small, round rocks into bumblebees or ladybirds. You can then encourage them to create other rocks that show the environment these insects live in, like trees, flowers, beehives and bushes.
Have a look online. There are tonnes of ideas for painting rocks, and even some suggestions as to how you can incorporate these in the decorating of your home or garden.
Bubbles create endless hours of fun! And they are super easy to make. Mix water with dish soap until you have the right consistency.
For homemade bubble wands, you might need to think outside of the box. You can make one out of pipe cleaners, or use other items lying around your home, such as cookie cutters, colanders, or fly swatters.
4. Scavenger hunts
Depending on the age of your little one, you might need to supervise this game, but scavenger hunts are amazing for all of the family. If your kid likes pirates, why not turn this into a treasure hunt, instead.
Buy some gold chocolate coins (or some healthier snacks) and hide them around the garden, then make your child a map, or give them a series of clues, to help them collect the hidden treasure!
5. Sand pits
These are a little messy and we know not everyone has access to a big garden or a paddling pool, but sand pits are great for sensory play, because sand feels different depending on whether it is wet or dry.
It can be moulded into lots of fun shapes using brightly coloured, interesting toys, and is the perfect place to cook up imaginary stories with dolls or bears.
You can buy sandpits online, or you can make your own with a paddling pool or plastic pit. You can even dig a hole in the garden and line it.
Just make sure if your toddler is really young that you supervise them at all times when they’re playing in the sand, to make sure they don’t swallow it.
6. Water fights
Super soakers and water pistols are incredible fun for all the family. They’re a great way to bring your little one out of their shell.
Water play is great for children. Splashing, scooping, pouring and submerging using a variety of water friendly tools helps your child to explore through play.
If you’re not up for super soakers, consider a paddling pool water pit. Water play helps children build a natural sense of the world and their place within it, and they rarely get bored of it!
You should always supervise children playing with water.
7. Ball games
Children love balls. Throwing them, catching them, hiding them and batting them, there is so much you can do with this simple toy. And they come in all shapes and sizes!
A simple bat and ball game can keep your little one entertained for hours, and will help with their hand/eye coordination. Footballs are great skill developers, and will help your child learn to control their feet.
Balls are so incredibly versatile. If you have a little one, it’s a really good idea to have a whole array of them to play with. When they get bored of one, you can switch it up with another, for endless hours of fun!