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Tips for Keeping Your Preschooler Occupied This Summer

Summer is finally here and with it comes lots and lots of sunshine! I love summer, but I also need to keep my preschooler occupied during these upcoming months. There’s a lot going on around here, but I still want my preschooler to have fun and remember the summer months. While we have a trip planned for both Disney World and Universal, I want to do a few things that doesn't include big trips and cost a lot of money. There are so much you can do and pre-schoolers are easy to please and to keep busy. Here are some fun and easy tips for keeping your preschooler occupied this summer.

Yes, sand might be a little messy, but it’s the perfect way to keep your child occupied this summer. You can usually put together a sandbox pretty cheap and then stock up on toys from the Dollar Store! It’s amazing how many hours of endless fun your child can have with something as simple as a sandbox. It's also a great way to keep them outdoors and away from the TV. If you're looking for a great sandbox for your backyard, check out our review of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sandbox which we just absolutely love.

Play Dough

Some parents have a love/hate relationship with play dough, but I love it! My child can sit there for hours and play with it, which makes it the ultimate way to keep her occupied in the summer months. Nowadays there are so many gadgets you can use to make play dough even more fun. It’s also really cheap, so you don’t have to worry about blowing through your budget. You can also find a few recipes online or on Pinterest where you can even make your own.


I’ve seen a few automatic bubble blowers recently and it looks like something that’s a smart investment. The bubbles blow on their own and you don’t have to worry about losing your breath. Anything that occupies a preschool for longer than five minutes is a smart investment! Just think, you can blow the bubbles whenever you are outside in the backyard playing or when you need five minutes to think to yourself. Or you can do it the old fashion way and pick up a few packages of bubbles at your local dollar store and have them blow away. The look of achievement after blowing their biggest bubble will amaze you and them too.

Water Table

Although a water table requires supervision, it can keep your preschooler occupied for quite some time! You can make your own water table or order one from the store. There’s probably nothing better on a hot summer day, than a water table to play in. I’m sure your preschooler would agree. Who doesn't love splashing in cool water on a hot day?

Bubble Bath

Let’s say you’ve done everything else and you’re not sure what else you can do to keep your preschooler occupied, think BATH TIME. Bubble baths are an awesome way to break up the monotony of summer. You can buy items like bath crayons, bath coloring, and even various bath toys. Don’t be afraid to make bath time, learning time. You can also purchase letters of the alphabet and numbers to use in the bathtub.

Let's discuss: What are some ways you keep your preschooler or even older kids occupied in the summer months?

Annmarie John
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  1. We did most of those when the boys were little! These are all great ideas.

  2. A water table is a great idea! We have the perfect space on our back deck for a little water play area and I know my youngest daughter would have hours of fun in it!

  3. We had a water table when my kids were little. Great for days you don't want to drag the kids to pool

  4. I remember doing those things with my kids when they were little. Sometimes those summer days can be very long and you run out of ideas.

  5. These are great ideas. It can be a challenge to keep preschoolers entertained!

  6. We go to the playground.. a new one every time we go out so they don't get bored.
    Plus we plan something fun that we want to do that week so we have something to look forward too.

  7. Great ideas! We love the water table, sandbox and going for nature walks! Park too but I like staying closer to home! - Jeanine

  8. Bubbles and sand boxes... Some of the best summer adventures ever made.

  9. Kids go crazy over a sandbox and i have no idea why .. these are all fun activities for Kids.

  10. These are all great ideas and some would work for a variety of ages too!

  11. I have found that children love sandboxes. They stay occupied for hours.

  12. LOL bubbles and sandboxes - that sounds like a lot of fun. I want to play!

  13. This is our day! My kids are so busy that I think we do all of these :)

  14. Those are great activities. Plus most communities has free activities too you could check out, the library is a great resource.

  15. I think bubbles can keep anyone entertained lol! Love these tips!

  16. The kids love bubbles - in fact every summer I buy each of them a new big bottle. It is always a fun activity.

  17. We love to make our own play dough! I also have been doing bubbles and finger painting.

  18. It's funny how bubbles and the water table work wonders. We also just discovered how much my kiddo loves the sandbox!

  19. OH yes, as a mom of a preschooler, I can confirm that these activities will definitely keep your kids busy! Bubbles alone are one of my son's favorite things to do.

  20. We are all stocked up on bubbles. Never gets old!

  21. What wonderful suggestions! Bubbles are my favorite! Oh and the kids favorite too, haha!

  22. Great ideas. We love our water table and yes I too have resorted to a mid-day bubble bath for fun! And the bonus is that they are clean!

  23. Great ideas! It is a tough job to keep those preschool aged kiddos happy all summer!!


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