As the weather warms up, all I want to do is send my toddler outside to play! One of the challenges of having a 300 square foot patio as a backyard has been finding activities that will keep my son entertained (and that will fit!) in our small area.
Since we don’t have space for conventional backyard ideas like playhouses and swing sets, we have had to get creative in finding activities that my son will love this summer. Here are 10 things that my son does every day in our tiny backyard space:
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1. Water and Paintbrush Painting
This is one of our favorite go-to activities. All you need is a cup or bowl of water and a paintbrush and that’s it! Watch your toddler enjoy “painting” different surfaces of your yard to watch the colors change. No mess, no cleanup!
2. Pool Noodle Abacus
This is such an easy addition to your yard and so fun for toddlers! My son plays with this abacus daily – he loves to slide and count the pool noodles.
3. Mini pool
This mini pool has been a lifesaver in our tiny space this summer. Especially when the weather is really hot, we get this pool out so my son can cool off.
4. Watering plants
If you have any plants in your yard, grab a watering can and let your little one get to work! My son absolutely loves helping water the plants. To save water, I leave the water in the mini pool from the day before and let him scoop it out of there.
5. Fairy Garden & Planter
Children love little spaces to use their imagination, and this DIY play garden is so easy! It’s just a planter with some little animal and people figurines, shells, and rocks. My son loves creating little scenes in his play garden.
6. Sensory table
My husband made this sensory table out of PVC pipe (and these bins) in about an hour one afternoon. It’s excellent for when the weather isn’t quite hot enough for the mini pool. You can put anything you want in the bins; we have done water, sand, water beads, or rocks.
7. Book basket
A little cozy sitting spot with a book basket is perfect for your tiny backyard this summer. Fill your basket with nature books to inspire their outdoor play!
8. Mini Trampoline
My son got this mini trampoline for Christmas last year, and it’s been endless entertainment! It’s small enough not to take up too much room in our yard and it has a fully enclosed net for safety. It’s perfect for getting his energy out!
Bubbles are always a hit and so we keep them out for daily play. These no-spill bubbles are our favorite to minimize the sticky mess.
Sidewalk chalk is another easy outdoor activity that provides hours of entertainment for little ones, and takes up no space at all. Win, win!