Father’s Day activity

For a fun Dad day gift, find some shoes, shirts hats or other articles that dad often wears and let your toddler try them on. Then take some pictures and mount them in a CD case as a frame.

Making Father’s day gifts

Suggest that your child makes a Father’s Day gift. With only a little help from you, even a toddler can create something that Dad or Grandpa wouldn’t trade for any store-bought treasure in the world.

Collecting in nature

Kids of all ages love to collect things, but toddlers make collecting a fine art.

Give your toddler a a plastic shoe box in the outdoors to collect sticks, leaves, pine straw, acorns… There is an endless supply of collection worthy objects out in nature.

Camping with kids

Unless your family is used to more rustic activities, it is best to choose a campsite with running water and clean restrooms that include showers when camping with a toddler.

Summer activity tip

Enroll your toddlers in summer programs at local museums.

In large cities such as New York or Los Angeles, you will have access to children’s museums, which are already in themselves a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. In smaller cities, museums may have a specialized children’s program running alongside adults’ workshops or lectures.

Playgroups in summer

This summer, plan some fun playgroups for your toddlers and get them in on all the fun this season has to offer. With a little bit of planning, you can all take part in and get something out of summer playgroups for the little ones.

Go outside!

Whatever the weather, just being out in the fresh air and basking in the sunshine will inspire your child to get moving. Take your toddler to a playground where she can climb, jump, and run.

Hot weather tip

In the hot weather kids drink a lot of liquids so make time for frequent bathroom breaks. If your child is still in diapers, be sure to check them often to see if they are in need of a change.

Avoiding the sun in the heat of the day

If you can, avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are most intense. Keep in mind that even on cloudy days, the sun can be just as strong; you’ll want to use these same precautions on those days as well.

Swimming safety

Swimming is a favorite summertime activity. It’s also as major summer health risk for toddlers. Even if your toddler has taken a swimming course, they should be supervised at all times when in or near water.

Snow globe activity

Make a snow globe with a baby food jar and some glitter.

Quiet before meals

A quiet activity or a rest before meals or snacks is a good idea as a tired or energized toddler may well not be interested in eating.

Paint a bunny face

Children love to have their faces painted. Here’s an easy way to turn your little one into Peter Cottontail’s helper: Draw an upside-down triangle on the child’s nose with the brush from brown or black liquid eyeliner. Fill in completely. Rub a circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint three whiskers with the eyeliner on each side of the face, starting from the nose and extending across the cheek.

Making Easter eggs tip

When making Easter eggs, rubber bands around the eggs make nice stripes. On plain eggs for a white & colored egg; or dye once, rubber band, and then dye again for the stripes.

Playground equipment for your yard

When getting outdoor play equipment, make sure your backyard is large enough. Watch out for obstacles, such as trees, utility poles, and wires.

Focusing on frugal activities for Valentine’s Day

Teach your children to enjoy Valentine’s Day by focusing on frugal activities instead of getting caught up in consumerism, like baking instead of buying, and focusing on free entertainment can make the day fun and unique.

Start by having fun

Think about something that you wish you could have done when you were a child. Start having fun with it and your child will watch and want to join in.

Keep activities simple

Remember when choosing activities for toddlers to keep it simple. Toddlers love activities such as playing with empty cereal or refrigerator or stove boxes to make play houses and castles.

Christmas colored playdoh

A reinforcing activity for Christmas colors can come by playing with red and green playdoh. Make it with Kool-Aid or add a few drops of peppermint extract and stimulate your toddler’s sense of smell.

When to play

The best time to play with your baby is when he’s alert and relaxed. Watch your baby closely for signs of being tired or fussy so that you can take a break.