Book Review: The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book by Krissy Bonning-Gould

The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book by Krissy Bonning-Gould

100+ Fun Early Learning Activities for Outside Play

Rockridge Press (April 2, 2019)

Age 1-3 years

Children’s/Activities, Crafts, & Games/Outdoors




Take Your Toddler’s Education Outside

There’s almost nothing better for toddlers than outdoor play. It promotes creativity, strengthens muscles, enhances social and emotional development, and most importantly, it makes learning fun. So grab The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book, take your toddler outside, and watch the joy of learning in the fresh air.

Spring or winter, rain or shine―these simple-to-setup toddler activities are designed to make the most of being outdoors no matter what the season or weather. And with chapters devoted to the type of outdoor activity, you can let your toddler be as messy, loud, or active as they want. Best of all, skill-building icons show what each activity teaches your little one so you can help guide their growth.

The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book includes:

  • TONS OF WAYS TO PLAY―From “Make it Messy!” to “Embrace Nature,” discover 5 categories of outdoor fun featuring more than 100 educational toddler activities.
  • ACTIVITIES FOR EVERY SEASON, ANY WEATHER―Keep going year-round with toddler activities designed for more than just sunny spring days.
  • A GUIDE TO TODDLER DEVELOPMENT―Developmental milestones help you determine your toddler’s level of readiness for each activity. Skill-building icons tell you what your toddler is learning.

Get your toddler ready for preschool and beyond with these fun and educational outdoor toddler activities.






The main job of a toddler is to play! Almost anything a toddler does they are learning and developing new skills. This activity book makes keeping them busy outside easy with wonderful ideas that require little to no prep time. No activity is longer than 20 minutes which is about the limit of a toddler’s attention span. This is not a summer time idea book – this has year-round, all weather, outdoor activities. They are broken down into 5 different themes ( Make it Messy; Run, Jump, and Play; Embrace Nature; Get Wet; and Outdoor Art). The book is laid out well with indicators of the skills used, materials needed, prep instructions, and the steps to the activity. So many sensory activities for toddlers and bigger kids too! Very well-done activity book. An excellent resource for child care providers, teachers, and parents.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (March 7, 2019)

ARC provided by Publisher


gouldKRISSY BONNING-GOULD is a former art teacher with a master’s degree in K-12 art education. After becoming a mother, Krissy discovered a passion for blogging and connecting with fellow moms. Over the past ten years, she has grown into an extensive resource of inspiration for kids’ crafts, learning fun, kid-friendly recipes, and creative parenting. Follow her educational fun at



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