Summer activities for a toddler

Now that M has broken up from nursery, we’ve been thinking about suitable summer activities for a toddler. I say toddler, but we don’t really think of him as a toddler anymore. In 9 days our little man turns 3 and at times he sounds like he’s 13! This year he is really into doing more than he was last year. He is quite an independent chap and he likes to be challenged, so any activity we attempt has to allow him to exploit his independence.

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bug - lookWe kicked off the summer holidays by heading to our favourite location, Moors Valley Park. For the cost of a car park ticket (ours cost £8 for a few hours), you can explore the great woodland area, lake, children’s play area and for a few pounds, ride a mini train. We like to pack a picnic to save money and take a couple of bottles of drinks. Moors Valley Park have a no bin policy, to protect their wildlife, so if you are visiting, make sure you take your rubbish home. bug - tree

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The woods provide a fantastic environment to expand your child’s imagination and explore the world of bugs. I bought a small bug catcher from the gift store for £1.20 and it kept us all occupied for ages. M was amazed at the ants we caught, C faced her fears and scooped up a spider and I enjoyed watching my two favourite people bond over creepy crawlies.

bug - mummybug - mama We have fun visiting the woods whatever the weather, but if it really pours we have indoors activities covered too, thanks to the awesome Sian. Last year she gave M a Makedo London Tube Kit that we’ve been keeping for when he was old enough to appreciate it. We’ve managed to accumulate lots of boxes after moving and have been keeping them to one side so that we could make the best London Tube EVER!  The kit comes with a little plastic safe saw, clips to connect the cardboard and stickers to make your tube come to life. Once we’d assembled our tube, M collected several passengers from around the house and took us on a journey to a rabbit museum (no idea where he gets these places from) and the dinosaur house. We now have a large cardboard London tube in the middle of our living room, going on 3 days now. I’ve promised him I’ll make a racing car when it eventually falls down. 

tube making We are going to be discovering lots of activities to do over the next few weeks, let us know what you will  be getting up to, in the comments below. 

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Innocent Charms Chats Reply

    I must get Addison a bug catching kit, she is obsessed after doing MiniBeasts at preschool.
    We shall be doing picnics, walks on the beach, hopefully some treasure hunitng and many a craft but we are looking for other ideas. The national trust app would be a great start for you outdoorsy lot xxx

  2. Sara (@mumturnedmom) Reply

    He looks fascinated by the bugs, what a great activity. My oldest and youngest would be quite keen on this, the middle one probably not so much 🙂 We made a bucket list this year, and the kids are loving ticking things off! #CountryKids

  3. coombemill Reply

    Moors Valley always looks like a great day out. the little bug catching kit was clearly a well spend1.20 and what gorgeous photos with it too. I love the London tube idea, I’m wondering if we might adapt this to try here one activity hour, we are always collecting boxes from one thing or another. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

  4. Merlinda Little Reply

    We need to go out! We are having a cabin fever for staying inside the house the whole week and maybe this is what we are going to do tomorrow catch mini beast cuz its looks & sounds fun =) #countrykids

  5. Wander Mum Reply

    Collecting bugs! That brings back memories of a matchstick box and a beetle from my youth. Great idea! Those teddies certainly look like they are enjoying the tube ride. So cute! #countrykids

  6. MudpieFridays Reply

    Looks like great fun, our little Monkey has just turned 3 and I know he would love the London tube train kit, I’ve never seen anything like that before. Bugs are one of his favourites too 🙂 #CountryKids

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