Each year I try to come up with some new things for us to do outside that do not cost all that much and keep my little guy entertained. Currently he is super into anything dealing with dirt and shovels. We have been able to let him dig some holes in our driveway which he loves to do. Last year someone got him a little plastic shovel and rake set. These of course did not last even until the end of the summer so this year we were able to find him a metal set. As long as we are out there with him he is able to use it since it is a little dangerous. However, I think that we will definitely have this set for a while!
Another thing that we do, especially when it is super warm outside, is give him a spay bottle full of water and let him go. The great part is that you can get a spray bottle at the dollar store. We actually picked up two of them and have water fights sometimes. It is a great way to run around the yard with him and stay cool at the same time. When he is playing with them himself he likes to make “graffiti” on the side walk or on bricks. The best part is that as he goes along the water dries and he is able to start over. This year he has been spraying it on the ground to make roads for his trucks.
This year we also picked up a little slip and slide. We have a pool for him but he is not super fond of just sitting in the water to play unless we are sitting in it with him. Now, on super hot days this isn’t too bad but other days not so much. So the slip and slid is perfect. He runs down it and then likes to lay on his belly and slop through the water. The best part is that the simple ones do not cost too much and it great fun.
A couple other classics that keep Ray entertained over and over again are chalk and bubbles. He loves both. For his birthday last year we did get a bubble machine and have been very careful about cleaning it out after every use so that it is lasting us a while. He is able to spend hours outside just running after the bubbles. And the best part is that sometimes you can get some great pictures of them having some summertime fun!
Other than that the best way to find some great summer toys is to go to a yard sale. We have been able to get all sorts of little trucks and stuff for him to play in the driveway and in the dirt with. For all of the trucks that he plays outside with I always just look for some that he can scoop and haul dirt with that kids have been pretty rough with already. Most of the time people are selling those for pretty cheap and you won’t feel bad when he is pushing them through dirt and sand.
What are some of your favorite things for your little ones to do or play with outside? Leave me a comment below!