The relationship between grandparents and toddlers is a special one. The time spent together is something that memories are made of and looked fondly back on when kids are older and into adulthood. That is why when grandparents offer and want the opportunity to do things one-on-one with their toddler grandchildren those times should be embraced. Especially for those outdoor activities that grandparents can do with toddlers.
When doing activities with toddlers, grandparents should never feel the pressure to participate in things they are not comfortable with. Not only is it not safe, but it can put a damper on the overall experience of the activity. As such, when choosing what to do, grandparents should make sure that it is in their wheelhouse while considering something toddlers will enjoy. And then fun will be had by all on an outdoor adventure.
Here are outdoor activities grandparents can do with toddlers.
10 Get A Line & Go Fishing
Be it at the dock or in a boat, taking toddlers for some fishing is a great way to spend some time together outdoors.
When out on the open water or even near it, grandparents will want to make sure that safety precautions are taken to keep toddlers safe. According to the American Academy of Pediatricsthis means keeping constant supervision and wearing life jackets on or near the water.
By taking these precautions, grandparents are ensuring that a fun time fishing will be had, even if it does prove to be unsuccessful when it comes to the bites on the line.
9 Soak Up The Sun At The Beach
From building sand castles to looking for shells, splashing in the waves, flying a kite or more, a day at the beach is a great way for grandparents and toddlers to spend some time together.
When grandparents take kids to the beach, it can be for the day or even a few if an RV is available. With the salty sea air and time in the sun, not only will good times be had, but toddlers will be exhausted and ready to sleep a solid night of sleep at the end of the day.
8 Go Butterfly Watching
Where flowers grow, butterflies will follow. And by taking toddlers to a field of wildflowers or just wandering around the backyard, butterfly watching can easily be done.
Once butterflies have been found, grandparents can take pictures of their favorite ones seen. Then, those photos can be translated into works of art by drawing and coloring pictures of butterflies to be displayed on refrigerators at the grandparents’ houses to always have their grandkids on their minds.
7 Use Your Green Thumb & Plant A Garden
Toddlers love to dig in the dirt. They also are more willing to eat different fruits and vegetables if they help to grow them. As such, grandparents and toddlers can plant a garden together and enjoy the fruits of their harvest when the time comes to pick and pull the bounty.
According to Picklebumssome easy fruits and vegetables to grow with toddlers include:
And of course, if there is a particular produce that toddlers enjoy, such as tomatoes, potatoes, corn, or the like including them in the garden to see if they will grow may want to be considered as well.
6 Pack Up & Picnic
Nothing sparks the appetite quite like eating outdoors does. And because of this, grandparents can plan a picnic with their favorite little ones to enjoy a little dining al fresco.
When planning a picnic, toddlers will be happy with locations that include the park, the beach, the playground, or even the backyard. They are not picky. What they will love is getting to enjoy eating in a place outside the ordinary while spending time with their adoring grandparents.
5 Grab A Paintbrush & Paint Rocks
Sometimes, being artistic while outdoors can spark creativity. And a great way to do this is to grab some paintbrushes and paint some rocks together.
The great thing about painting rocks is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Be it painting one color, drawing shapes, rainbows, flowers, or more, the only thing limiting what is painted on rocks is imagination.
Once the rocks are done, grandparents can take them and hide them for a fun game of finding the rock with their grandkids. Which turns painting rocks into not just one activity grandparents can spend with toddlers but two.
4 Create A Bouquet Of Wildflowers
Picking wildflowers is a fun outdoor activity for toddlers to participate in. It does not matter what the end result of the bouquet looks like. What matters is the journey in picking the flowers to incorporate into it.
Whether the stems are long or short, there is a way to arrange the flowers into a vase to last for a day or so. But, according to Grow The Rainbow, most wildflowers generally die shortly after being picked. And because of this, it may just be better to tie a string around the bouquet and let toddlers play with them, rather than putting them on display.
3 Explore Local Fare At A Farmer’s Market
To temp toddlers’ tastebuds, grandparents can take them to the local farmer’s market. There, toddlers can pick out what looks delicious to eat and grandparents can take those ingredients to make a meal when they arrive home with their grandchildren in tow.
2 Give Affection To Farm Animals At A Petting Zoo
Not all toddlers grow up on a farm where they can see baby animals as part of their daily lives. As such, going to a farm and seeing them at a petting zoo can give toddlers an up close and personal look at the sweet babies. And if they are lucky, they may be able to feed them as well.
1 Blow Some Bubbles
Blowing bubbles is an activity that will entertain toddlers for hours. This makes it a great outdoor activity for grandparents and their grandchildren to do together.
It can be hard to blow bubbles for as long as toddlers would like. Getting things like bubble machines or large bubble wands that do not need to be blown will help grandparents keep the bubbles going until the time eventually comes that toddlers lose interest. Although, there truly is no telling when that will be.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, Picklebums, Grow The Rainbow