Outside Play (for the Non-Outdoorsy Mom)

I am not naturally an outdoors person.  I wish I was.  I think God’s Creation is beautiful and all, I just prefer to view it from an air-conditioned room or from behind a bug-proof screen.  I know it’s something I need to grow in and being a mom to boys has pushed me out of my comfort zone, in a good way.

It’s easy for my toddler to start bouncing off the walls, couch, or table if cooped up indoors too long.  Sometimes a few minutes of fresh air and open space is the answer to any extra energy or attitude problems.  This year, I’ve tried to make it a point to go outside at least once a day.  So here are a few of the low-hassle activities we’ve been enjoying.

It’s a time to use all those large outdoor toys that get ignored.



Fetching with or just better training the family dog.  This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone, get outside time AND a better behaved family dog.  Armed with a box of dog treats, it’s a great time to teach your toddler how to give the dog commands such as sit and fetch and teach the dog not to knock down/bully your kiddos.


Swing or Trampoline, if you have been so blessed with some (or have awesome neighbors who will let you use theirs, as in our case)

A few pots, cups, and measuring cups filled with water, with an assortment of cooking spoons and children stripped down to their underwear/diaper.  No swimsuits required.  Of course, you can also use a more traditional swimming pool or sprinkler, but this has been our latest go-to form of water play.



Also, a little summer play tip…  If you live in a hotter climate and don’t enjoy sweating buckets, try going out earlier.  Around here, it easily reaches the nineties, which for me = misery.  But earlier in the day, say after breakfast, it’s often still in the seventies… nice and pleasant.  I’ll often leave the front door open so I can both hear and watch him while I do dishes.

What are your favorite outdoor toddler activities?

2 thoughts on “Outside Play (for the Non-Outdoorsy Mom)

  1. Jen says:

    I’m just like you, I think I would enjoy going out more in the summer if, one it wasn’t so hot! and two, there wasn’t so many bugs! 😛 but with boys who really need to be outside and get that energy out, I’ve been forced to go out a lot more! and I think its really been good for me 🙂 thanks for the tips on activities! my boys favorite activity for the summer is playing with water. they could do it all day I think! and we just got a new swing set from my dad that they LOVE! My boys also like to throw balls around together. I have a feeling we’re going to be outside alllll summer long 😉

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