Toddler Summer Bucket List (+Preschoolers Too!)

Need something to help you get out and have an awesome summer with your family?  This Toddler Summer Bucket List combines all kinds of fun summer toddler activities that are awesome and easy.  The best part, it’s a customizable Bingo Game, not just a list! 

Fun summer activities with toddlers are plentiful:

  • beach days
  • playground
  • splash pad
  • bike riding
  • hiking
  • + so many more


But sometimes it feels like the summer just flew by and you didn’t get to all the fun things you had planned or you don’t realize how much you actually did!  It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday routines, errands and well, life. 

That fun toddler activity you’ve been putting off until tomorrow or next weekend doesn’t get done.  You blinked and suddenly it’s fall! 

But you know what helps make sure you get things done?  A list! Or in this case a list turned into a game!


The first time we did a family summer fun list was when my eldest was one.  The year before I felt like we kept putting things off because of having a 4 month old, and knew more was possible.  So we wrote a list – literally, just a plain old Google doc that I shared with my husband.  Nothing fancy, but it worked!!

We did SO MUCH MORE that summer!


It’s a yearly thing now that we look forward to creating our summer fun list.   And now that the kids are older, we turned it into a fun family event by changing the list into a game instead of a boring old list! 

I mean, I’ve always loved a good list (as you may know from my mom journal choices), but for the kids a game is better so the Toddler Summer Bucket List Bingo game was born.



What’s great about this toddler summer bucket list is that it’s all done for you, but is customizable so you can include things your family wants to do, not just what someone else things you should do!  

It’s got everything for you:

  • Cute Summer Activities Bingo Board
  • Cute Picture Activity Cards
  • 48 Awesome Summer Activities with Toddlers
  • Mix of Big and Small Moments

 This FREE download will have you making so many happy moments with your family this summer it all adds up to one fantastic season.


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Two Ways to Use the Your Toddler Summer Bingo:


  1. Use the Bingo As Is:   Just print your Toddler Summer Activity Bingo download exactly as it is and you’re done! Get started making those happy moments and cross things off as you go!
  2. Customize the Summer Toddler Activities: Cut & glue to customize it to fit your family perfectly for your best summer yet by choosing exactly which of the 48 activities you want to enjoy!

Want a way to make your toddler summer bucket list game extra fun and special?! 

  1. Get it printed on big paper at your local print shop! 
  2. Share this post with a friend so they can download it too and you can play along together! 

Looking for more summer fun? Check out these 10 Best Budget Outdoor Toddler Toys

Choosing Your Toddler Summer Bucket List Activities

toddler boy playing at beach in summer

The best toddler summer activities to include on your list are:

  1. A mix of big special events & simple activities.  Simple things are often overlooked, but they add up to a lot of fun!  This visual lets you see just how awesome you really are making lots of happy little moments for your little ones! 
  2. Make a simple routine activity special.  For example: Play at a NEW playground”.  Super easy for mom but feels out of the ordinary special because it’s new!
  3. Cheap, budget friendly options.  Yes, some may be special once a year events like a visit to a favourite amusement park.  Most of ours are frugal fun and the kids have a blast!
  4. Include rainy day options

Cut and paste the squares of the actvities you like to create your very own totally custom bingo game card!

Be Creative With the Toddler Summer Activities!!

Here are some of the 48 ideas you get in the printable summer bingo game!   The titles are broad to allow you to make it work for you and your family!!

  • Fishing – In our house this means finding a big stick and putting it in the pond or stream at the park!  Or on a rainy day, make your own game with this easy DIY toddler fishing game!
  • Visit a Splash Pad – We have this one on our bingo card a few times to try out a few different ones in our city.
  • Board Games Day – Perfect for a rainy day OR fun to take outside to make it a little special.
  • Eat at a Restaurant Patio – Restaurants with toddlers aren’t always fun, but a patio is casual and cool for summer. 
  • Go to a Museum – So many have great children’s areas!  Even local little community ones can be interesting for something to do on a rainy day!  Lots of places even have good free deals for kids or at certain times!
  • Ride a Scooter/ Ride a Bike – In your driveway or make it special and take it somewhere like a park, pathway or even skate park.  

toddler playing on playground

  • Flag Hunt – Perfect for a rainy day drive or hot day drive in the cool A/C to go looking for flags and count how many you can find!  
  • Treasure Hunt – A great way to  make a regular walk stand out and be fun!
  • Summer Reading Club – Join your local library’s program.  In Canada, check out the TD Summer Reading Club
  • Sailing a Boat – This could mean actually being on a boat OR it could mean making leaf boats like mothernatured.com suggests and sailing them down a stream or on a pond while on a hike!
  • Car Wash – A great air conditioned activity for a really hot day to take the kids through one OR a fun way to play in the water by washing some car toys!
  • Obstacle Course – Don’t worry about the fancy ones you see online where someone has spent so much time making pool noodle wonders (unless you want to in which case wow, well done!!!).  Use whatever you’ve got outside.  Run between the blocks, crawl around the playhouse, grab the flag from in the tree, wiggle under the slide, hop on leaves etc.  Anything can be an obstacle! 

Toddler Summer Bucket List Bingo Prizes:

Come up with some prizes together as a family to celebrate getting Bingo!  Every time you get a line on the card and/or a big grand prize for if you fill the entire card!  Sometimes a little bribe – oops, I mean positive reinforcement?! – goes a long way with little ones! 

bingo card with winning diagonal line

In that moment of trying to:

  • get toddlers out the door
  • find a hat
  • put on shoes
  • put on sunscreen
  • get buckled in the car seat

…or any of the other million times toddlers can be difficult despite going to do something they love, that reminder that you are almost to your bribe (I mean prize, oops) can be helpful! 

Plus it’s just fun and this is all about having a super summer of fun!


These prizes can be whatever you like, but I suggest keeping them small – there are a lot of lines!  The point is experiencing all the fun, not stuff.   I like to make these a mix of little prizes like a sheet of stickers, craft kit and little food treats like a Kinder egg or something else I don’t usually buy.  I’m all about consumables rather than trinkets.   


The big full card prize for us is going to be a new outdoor toy and a special summer backyard family party! 

I helped my kids choose this prize for two reasons:

  • It is easy! It honestly isn’t all that much different than a regular summer weekend afternoon, but call it a party! The kids will have fun making some festive decorations, we will play music and games the kids will love, make a summer celebration cake together…The prep is as much fun and an event for the kids as the “party” itself! You don’t have to invite anyone – make it just a family party.  Remember, simple can be special!

little kids playing in backyard

  • The new outdoor toy is definitely a real treat, but also just good to have late in summer.  The whole season kids have been playing with a lot of the same stuff, but it stays warm into the fall.  This gives them something fresh to play with and as a mom bonus, nearing the end of summer seasonal stuff is usually on sale or people are selling second-hand ones because their child has outgrown it. 

Toddler Summer Bucket List Bingo Prize Ideas:

Some good toy prizes that will be fresh and fun to last through the fall too:

  1. New Beach Toys: At this point of the summer you may have broken a few, lost a few, or just want to add fresh new ones.  And remember, sand toys are great for in the snow too!
  2. New Summer Sports or Game: We have this t-ball set and both kids (2 & 4) love it! I’d say equally because it’s fun to hit the ball and fun to knock it over!
  3. A playhouse or climber! This is a BIG reward, and totally not necessary (we don’t do anything like this!) but if you’re in the market for a new addition to your yard picking something that will continue to be fun into the fall is a great idea! 

Don’t forget to download your FREE Summer Fun Bingo  – scroll back up to the form you just passed!! 

Summer almost over and thinking about starting school?!  Check out these awesome kindergarten lunch box notes to send some love with your little one!

I hope you have lots of fun doing these toddler summer bucket list activities making it a season full of happy moments and happy memories.  

printable preview toddler summer activities bingo sheets

Enjoy a happy moment,

❤ Sara

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