Your toddler might be in a pre-school during the school year, which means they have buddies, activities, and other fun to keep them busy. But when your little guy is home with you, you very likely have some tough competition to keep up with!

Don’t fear the days off! At Albemarle Square Family Health, we have some tips for keeping your toddler occupied and happy during the summer months. When it’s time for screenings, or if he comes down with a summer cold, give us a call for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Make Playdough

What kid doesn’t love playdough? It’s a wonderful sensory experience that also allows creativity to come through. And you don’t have to make a run to the store to buy it pre-made. Follow this link for a simple recipe made with ingredients you probably already have on hand: https://teachingmama.org/how-to-make-jello-playdough/ You child will love standing on a chair next to you, either watching or helping you make it, which creates a fun bonding experience for both of you.

Gardening

Your child probably isn’t going to whip out the garden shears and start pruning bushes. But he would probably love to have a small container garden or a fairy garden just for himself to tend and watch grow. You can put small cars and action figures in it to personalize. Give him a pair of garden gloves and a small watering pot, which will give him a sense of ownership.

A Trip to the Library

Check your local library’s schedule. You’ll likely find story hours and other activities you can attend. Your little one will find this a great opportunity to make new friends while getting in her reading fix. Check out a few books to take home for the week, and exchange them for new books when you visit next week’s activity. Fostering a love of reading at a young age will prepare her for academic excellence, help form important speech and communication skills, and form a stronger relationship with her parents.

Go for a Bike Ride

Hook up a child seat or a cart to your bike and take your kiddo for a spin! This is a wonderful way for him to explore the world around him. But it’s also excellent for parents to get in some exercise and work off some stress. Riding a bike is great for taking a breather while spending time with your toddler.

Sidewalk Chalk

Create a masterpiece on the sidewalk or back patio with a set of sidewalk chalk. You can take turns lying on the cement while the other draws an outline around your body, then fill in the outline with beautiful works of art. Or you can create a massive comic book strip to tell a story. No matter what type of art you create, there are few kids who don’t love to get out there and show off their artistic skills.

These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. When you’re spending the summer with your little one, don’t stress too much over how to beat boredom. Let your (and her!) imagination run wild, and enjoy this time. Before you know it, she’ll be going back to school in the fall, so make the most of it!

For your health and wellness needs, make an appointment with Albemarle Square Family Health today!