Water And Outdoor Activities For Toddlers

Water and outdoor activities, plenty fun. A water activity for toddlers has many benefits for your child, it helps their physical development and mental powers, as well as their social skills.

Swimming is a great toddler activity and you'll love the excitement and stimulation of taking your toddler to a water baby class.

It's also a great way of meeting other like-minded people.

If you decide to take your little one to water classes at a very young age, you will need to keep your expectations low, as you will not be able to teach them to swim.

Thought About Using Water And Outdoor Activities, For Your Toddler's Development

You can normally start to take your baby to a swimming pool from the age of three months, and without any learnt fear of water, they will usually settle into the fun very quickly.

Very young children do not have any conscious control over their arms and legs, and their movement is more instinctive, so learning to swim is not something that they will be able to master.

Although they will start to kick their legs and use their arms in the water from the age of 12 to 18 months, they will not be able to coordinate them both, so splashing around will provide the majority of the excitement.

But do not under estimate the value of this type of water activity for toddlers.

Studies have shown that they will gain far more control, far quicker, by taking part in regular toddler swimming classes

By the time they reach the preschool age, this splashing around will have given your child many advantages over children who have not learnt to swim, or have had little or no experience in water.

These advantages are not just physical, they are mental too, and your child could be far more confident and independent.

There are also far more benefits to a swimming class activity for toddlers ...

  • They help with the relationship between parent and child. 
  • Parents offer more trust and independence to their children. 
  • They are more willing to interact with other as part of a group. 
  • They cope with new experiences with more self-assurance
  • They learn to listen and concentrate better.

With all these benefits, it is worth checking out if there is a water activity class in your area, they are quite common and usually quite well attended, so you may need to book early to avoid any disappointment.

Great Outdoor Toys For Toddlers

Water And Outdoor Play

Outdoor toys for toddlers encourage learning from a natural environment and help to burn off boundless energy.

Being outside offers toddlers unique experiences and play opportunities that are different to any indoors, which has a positive impact on your child's well-being and development.

But keeping toddlers safe without spoiling their chance to explore and investigate, is paramount.

Being outside will give your toddler the chance to experience the fresh air, the weather, the seasons and of course, nature.

This is a whole of body experience that is new and exciting for your little one. It offers them a sense of freedom, the opportunity to investigate and explore, and a wealth of stimulating learning opportunities.

They will be intrigued at the sights, sounds and smells that this new world offers them, which will motivate them to discover more.

As they become more mobile, your toddler will want to explore everything they see, they will express their interest through their growing language skills and will quickly learn new words to describe this new experience.

Whether crawling or toddling, children of this age love to be on the move, and this new open space will delight them.

They will want to share their interests and discoveries with you so this is a great opportunity to talk about what they are seeing and doing. 

Water and outdoor activities.

There are so many activities and outdoor toys for toddlers that can help your toddler's curiosity and creativity grow, and I have included some suggestions for outdoor educational toddler toys, which can be great resources.

You could add bubbles to the water in a paddling pool, it's great fun, and gives your toddler a range of new experiences. Take the opportunity to talk to your toddler, using new words to describe how the bubbles feel.

Using outdoor toys for toddlers like wheelbarrows, trikes and push-alongs, will provide enthusiastic 'transporters', as your toddler endlessly carries objects from one place to another, and using their own transport will delight them.

Provide large boxes and blankets for making into camps and dens or even better, have your very own teepee or igloo in the garden!

Set up a low-level obstacle course to provide new and varied physical challenges, this is a great activity, which can be made easier or harder as they develop their physical skills.

Also trowels for scooping up materials, as well as child-sized brooms for sweeping up afterwards. 

Beach & Ocean Crafts & Activities

Water And Outdoor. What Better Than A Trip To The Beach

Water and outdoor. All preschool children are fascinated by the beach. Whether they are fans of Finding Nemo or Mermaids, they’ll love these crafts and activities.

Paper Plate Jellyfish

This is an old classic craft for kids.

What You’ll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Staples, glue, and/or tape
  • Decorations


  • Cut a paper plate in half.
  • Staple the two halves together so the cut part is still open.
  • Hang yarn or pieces of ribbon or paper from the open part.
  • Decorate your JellyFish and display it proudly.

Beach & Ocean Snacks

  • Goldfish crackers

Color Me Some Sand Art

This is a quick, easy and inexpensive craft that will bring out the artist in your preschoolers. It can get a bit messy though, so you may want to do this craft outside on a nice (but not windy) day.

Items You’ll Need:

  • Sand
  • Food Coloring
  • Plastic Bags (one for each color you’d like to make)
  • Paper Plates (one for each color)
  • Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Add a bit of sand to each plastic bag.
  • Put a few drops of food coloring into each bag and shake and squish until the sand is colored. Don’t forget, you can mix custom colors, like red and blue makes purple, etc.
  • After all the sand is colored pour the bags on individual paper plates to allow the sand to dry.
  • Using the glue let the kids draw a picture on the cardstock or construction paper. Next, sprinkle sand (colors of their choice) over their drawing. Let dry thoroughly.

For water and outdoor activities, this can get messy, but fun.

Fill your outdoor area with plentiful supplies of movable materials, leaves, conkers, pebbles, sand, water and wooden bricks. Your child will love the different textures on their skin, and the noises that these materials make. 

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