25 Outdoor Activities for Babies to Enjoy During the Summer

After being cooped up indoors for a good portion of the winter and spring, my daughter and I are loving the summer sunshine and warm temperatures. She’s not capable of running and jumping yet, but that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy playing outside.

Babies can’t run and jump, but they can enjoy playing outside. Here are 25 age-appropriate outdoor activities for infants to enjoy during the summer.

There are a number of age-appropriate outdoor activities that infants can take part in during the summer months. Here are 25 of these activities.

Outdoor summer activities for infants

  • Read books while sitting on a blanket in the shade of a tree.
  • Swing in a baby swing.
  • Gently ride down a slide on the lap of a parent or older sibling.
  • Go for walks through various settings (meadows, neighborhoods, wooded areas, etc.).
  • Watch birds perch on tree limbs or eat at birdfeeders.
  • Look at flowers in bloom. Gently feel their petals (make sure baby keeps flowers away from his or her mouth).
  • Listen to wind chimes and/or watch windsocks blow in the breeze.
  • Stand or crawl on grass and feel its texture (make sure the grass is free of fertilizers and pesticides).
  • Splash in a kiddie pool.
  • Eat fruit or breastmilk popsicles on hot days.
  • Enjoy watching and popping bubbles blow by a parent or sibling.
  • Take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of a farmers market.
  • From a safe distance, watch and listen to heavy equipment work at a construction site.
  • Feel the textures of rocks, twigs, pinecones, and sand (make sure baby keeps these away from his or her mouth).
  • Play with cups and similar toys in a water table (or a large bowl or tub of water).
  • From a safe distance, watch and listen to a parent mow the lawn.
  • Dance while taking in the sounds and sights of an outdoor concert.
  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of the zoo.
  • From a safe distance, enjoy the sights and smells of a parent using a barbeque grill.
  • Take in the sights and sounds of a state fair.
  • Watch and listen to the running water of a brook or small stream.
  • Play with paper streamers on a breezy day. Watch as the wind blows the streamers.
  • Sit on a blanket with several balls and an empty basket or box. Drop the balls into the basket or box.
  • Feel the raindrops while going for a walk during a light rainfall (make sure there is no lightening before going outside).

I’m excited for my daughter to enjoy these activities!

What additional ideas can you add? What outdoor summer activities have your babies enjoyed?

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  1. Great list! We are struggling because it is SO HOT here in Georgia that it is hard to enjoy outside between the hours of 8-8. Probably does not help that I am almost 39 weeks pregnant! We are trying to make it work though and will have to use some of these! Can’t wait to share this post!

    • Hi Stasia,
      It is hard to get out in the heat…especially when pregnant! Perhaps you can stick to those that involve water or shade.
      Grace during the last week or so of your pregnancy!

  2. Lovely ideas!

    Yes, there’s lots we can do with little ones during the summer. You’ve assembled a great list here.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  3. What a great list! I always love sitting in the grass and letting my babes play with the long grass or flowers. I’m not so sure why they all find this such a sensory delight, but they are all fascinated.

  4. Water tables and hanging out on a blanket with books and toys were some of my favorite activities to do with my own or young kids I babysat. This is a great list of activities.

  5. These are wonderful! I have a toddler, and he loves exploring the outdoors. Summer outside is such a learning experience as they just soak everything up like little sponges. I tend to forget the outdoor concerts and events, but I imagine those would go over well, too.

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Amy,
      Yes, they do soak up everything like sponges. There is so much for them to learn outdoors.

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