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Toddler Talk: Making the Most of Summertime

I truly believe that summertime is one of the best seasons for inspiring creativity and developing a sense of adventure. Through play and imagination, children can discover themselves and the world around them. During summer, the pace slows down. The weather is warm. The sun is shining. The routine is a bit different, leaving room for fun surprises (and ice cream)! Everything about summertime sets us up for bliss—a state that toddlers should indeed experience.

What I love the most about summer is that it's the simple things that count the most. Family picnics, ice pops on the front porch, running through the sprinkler, chasing fireflies—these are the things that allow children to be free and happy and live "in the moment." It doesn't take a fancy vacation or a lot of money to have an incredible summer. It only takes a bit of gusto.

It's hard to believe that summer is nearly over. Only a few more weeks of time off, warm temps, and longer days. But, it's not too late to make the most of each and every day. Here are several ideas of quick and simple things to do to have an epic summer with your toddler:

  • Enjoy a picnic
  • Eat ice cream
  • Catch an outdoor movie
  • Visit the zoo
  • Throw rocks in a creek
  • Go fishing
  • Catch fireflies
  • Gaze at the stars
  • Go camping
  • Go swimming
  • Spend an afternoon at the park
  • Make popsicles
  • Take a walk in the woods
  • Play in the sand
  • Visit a farm
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