Ironically, I’m sat at my desk writing this at 4 in the afternoon, in my dressing gown, freezing and shuddering at the thought of going outside, but guys we’re expecting snow right now! But other than this horrendous week of weather we’re having, we love being in the great outdoors! Recently Laura of Em & Me wrote a blog post talking about the benefits of outdoor play and it inspired me to put this blog post together with outdoor activities for toddlers that are free!
We’re also taking part in the #150hoursoutside project so I’ve been trying to find more ways to spend our time outdoors and thought that anyone who might also be doing this would find these ideas useful!
Feed The Ducks
We did this so much in the summer and Tyler loved it! We take the ducks dry oats as bread is actually not very good for them(sorry to all the ducks I fed bread to as a kid) but you can also feed them corn, lettuce(cut up small), birdseed and frozen peas(defrosted). Our town sits on a river so we don’t have to go very far to find hungry ducks.
Explore A New Park
If you own a car and can drive then this one is super easy to do if there’s a little bit of petrol in the tank! You can still go out and explore a new park if you’re on foot too. If you’re not sure where there are parks local to you, head for heavily populated areas and new build estates as these usually have a park within them!
Last October, the lovely Lottie from Simply Together shared this scavenger hunt list and it’s made me want to create a few of mine for the year ahead! This one of Lottie’s is an autumn based one but you could mix it up to suit the time of year super easily! I’ve not gone out and done this with Tyler yet but as he’s very almost two years old, I feel like he’ll really enjoy this activity now.
Kids love puddles, right? So why not get your puddle suits and wellies on and head out on a puddle hunt. Of course, this isn’t going to work in August(well, it might!) but for most of the year it’s pretty wet here in the UK so this is a super easy way to get out of the house and entertain your little one.
Back Garden Water Play
If you search water play on Pinterest there are literally thousands of ideas at your fingertips. If you’ve got a back garden or yard then this is another super easy way to quickly get outside and have some fun. You don’t need to worry about mess or getting anything in the house wet as you’re outside. Like I say there are loads of ideas on Pinterest but essentially all you need for some basic water play are a few Tupperware’s or containers and maybe your little ones puddle suit/raincoat so that they don’t get drenched so quickly.
What are your favourite ways to spend time outdoors with your toddler? Bonus points if they’re free too!