Our 5 Favourite Garden Activities For Toddlers

toddler garden activities

We love getting out in the garden in all weathers, but we especially love to be out when the weather is as gorgeous as it has been recently.  Apparently we have another week yet before we see any more rain up here.  So I have put together our 5 favourite fun garden activities when in the garden with toddlers.

  1. Create a Water Wall. This can be as creative or simple as you like.  We chose to make a frame from cheap wood to attach it to our fence, but you can just tie the pieces onto a board which you can lean against the wall.  This is a pic of our wall, but check out Adventures of Adam’s wall and Clare’s Little Tots wall too.DIY water wall DIY water wall2. Chalk tracks for trains or cars.  This has been a regular occurrence throughout the years with my oldest, he now loves to add lots of extra decoration to his tracks, including canals, bike tracks and boats.  We have also used timber pieces from old pallets to arrange tracks around the garden, I love watching his imagination at work.chalk track3. Water Play.  Water play can be as simple as a bowl of water and some stones to drop in, or a stick to stir items in the water.  We had fun creating our own DIY water sprinkler with just a plastic bottle taped onto the end of the hose with 4 small holes (the smaller and fewer holes the higher the pressure and the better the water sprinkles)DIY water sprinkler4. Get the tuff spot out.  We love our Tuff spot and have had a lot of fun playing with different ideas outside in the garden.  From piles of soil to dig for treasure to coloured spaghetti ad frog ponds, it’s really a fantastic place to play on. Check out some of our Tuff spot ideas here and here.spaghetti tuff spot5. Water Balloon Painting.  This was one of the boys favourite activities and we will be doing it again this year!  Filling water balloons with paint and splatting them on the pavement was so much fun, read more about it here.

water balloon painting

What are your children’s favourite garden activities?

J x


  1. May 10, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Oh this is such a fab post, I was just thinking we need to get more creative and boom you deliver 😉 some great ideas and I need a tuff tray, where can I order one? Thanks for sharing and the chalk track lines are going to go down a treat 🙂 #WhateverTheWeather

  2. May 11, 2016 / 7:38 am

    Great ideas here. I have not heard of tuff spot but it looks very cool. The bottle sprinkler is genious!! I’m always trying to find ways to re-use things and this is great.
    Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  3. May 11, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Oh I love all of these!! Our toddler would have the best time with the water balloon painting, I hadn’t heard of a Tuff spot before but it looks like a fab idea, definitely going to look into that now. Thanks for hosting lovely #whatevertheweather x

  4. May 11, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I love the water wall! Mine like water play, the tuff spot and chalking, as well as mudpie kitchen, bikes and balls, and I just know they’d have fun with that wall!

  5. May 11, 2016 / 10:47 am

    All these ideas are fab Jenny – the spaghetti colours are unreal! Although my kids are older, I think they’d still love to play with all these things lol

  6. May 11, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Such great ideas. Will try out some of these with my little boy! Thank you for sharing #whatevertheweather

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  7. May 11, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I’m really inspired now, could do with some kids garden activities and I particularly like the idea of the water wall!
    Sophie x

  8. May 11, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Thanks for this – I’m so glad I read this today! My little boy is just the right age now to start doing more of these kinds of activities and I am somewhat lacking in the creativity department – these ideas are fab! #Whatevertheweather

  9. May 11, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Great ideas, my A would absolutely love the water wall! #whatevertheweather

  10. May 11, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    SO many great ideas! I have been wanting to create a water wall for my girls. Water balloon painting also looks like a lot of fun.

  11. May 12, 2016 / 4:01 am

    Seriously, these garden ideas make my attempts at working on phonics with sidewalk chalk look like…(I have to pun it) mere child’s play. Haha, can you tell it’s past our bedtime, here? Thank you so much for these ideas to add to our backyard fun-time this summer! The painted balloons will be a new fave, surely! And thank you for such a rad link-up! #whatevertheweather X, Lace

  12. May 12, 2016 / 9:15 am

    ohh there are some ideas here I hadn’t thought of 🙂 thanks for sharing! I want to do a water wall in our new house – well new garden! and a mud kitchen! #Whatevertheweather

  13. May 12, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Love these ideas! I’ve been trying to think of ways of spending more time in our garden. I was planning on getting Finn to help me grow some herbs and tomatoes but think he’s find messy play more fun! I’m going to get us a Tuff spot-what a fantastic idea and so simple. Thanks for the inspiration #whatevertheweather

  14. May 12, 2016 / 11:03 am

    We always habe chalks! I think its so awesome that you can create art and then when itrains itll be gone and you can create another one again and again! #whatevertheweather

  15. May 12, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Our friends have just build a rather wall and mud kitchen – my girls are begging for one too now!

  16. May 12, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    I am loving the sunshine and these activities look perfect for the kids. #whatevertheweather

  17. May 13, 2016 / 8:37 am

    That water balloon painting looks so much FUN! and I love the addition of plastic bottles on your water wall 🙂

  18. May 13, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Oh some gorgeous ideas there, I particularly love the water balloon painting, I think we might have to give that a go!

  19. May 13, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Love the exploding paint idea! We also have a tuff spot and love it, somehow having a space like that sparks lots of activity ideas. #whatevertheweather

  20. May 15, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Tin Box Tot loves anything to do with water. Where did you get your tough spot from? I’d love to do more messy play for my girls but can’t abide the thought of the mess spreading 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  21. May 15, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Really great ideas. I don’t feel good about my toddlers let loose with paint water balloons, they’d probably eat them or throw it at a window but maybe if I skipped the paint they’d love it! The coloured spaghetti looks fun too I’ve never heard of a Tuff before. I love playing outside with the kids they seem far happier. Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

  22. May 15, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Great list! I’ve been looking for new water play ideas and the water wall and DIY sprinkler are fantastic! #WhatevertheWeather

  23. May 16, 2016 / 11:47 am

    This is such a great list!!! Some really perfect ideas here. I really want to get a tuff spot. They look amazing and you can use them for so many things. The water wall sounds really fab too!!!! X

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