With summer coming up, you're going to need lots of new activities for your toddlers and preschoolers to keep them occupied and out of trouble! Check out these 11 Summer Sensory Activities For Toddlers! Everything from summer sensory bins to educational math and nature activities. All simple and fun to play with!
Summer sensory activities
Summer is the perfect time to do sensory activities with little ones because there is so much opportunity to get outside, get messy, and have fun all while learning (and getting exposed to many different textures!). The list of sensory play ideas for summer below includes activities that can be done indoors and outdoors, so you can choose what you want to do and get outside if the weather is good!
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Summer Sensory Activities For Toddlers
Sensory activities are SO important for toddlers! And when summer comes around, many toddlers and preschoolers are home from daycare and preschool.
Of course, it is amazing if you are able to get lots of outdoor time with your little ones in the summer. But sometimes you need to set them up with an activity to do at home.
So check out these great summer-themed sensory activities! You'll find everything from edible sensory bins to educational math and crafts activities for little ones.
In addition to that, I have a few outdoor sensory activities you can do with your little ones to make the most of your time outside this summer! Enjoy!
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Summer Sensory Bins
Edible Ocean Sensory Bin
Bring the ocean home this summer with this edible ocean sensory bin! Create a taste safe treasure hunt your little one will love.
Cloud Dough Sand for Beach Sensory Play
Don't want your kiddo to eat your sensory bin?? Set up a beach-themed sensory tub with cloud dough 'sand' for a reusable sensory bin!!
Fun Frog Sensory Bin
A cute frog sensory bin - perfect for summer and learning about new animals!
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Summer Sensory Crafts
Use real sprinkles to make this adorable little ice cream sensory craft! And then take your kids out for some real ice cream!
Recycle & Create: Shape & Color Boats
Make your own shape & color boats for fun water play! Crinkly paper makes for GREAT sensory fun!
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Monarch Butterfly Sensory + Math Activity
This exciting butterfly sensory activity is taste-safe and a great way to introduce early math concepts!
Play Dough Fairy Forest Nature Play
This activity combines a few great sensory play ideas: play dough and different textures from nature. On top of that, it encourages creativity and open-ended play for toddlers!
Floating Egg Carton Whale
Do some arts and crafts together, and then play with this whale in the pool or the tub!
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Outdoor Sensory Fun for Toddlers
Set up a mud kitchen in your yard for hours and hours of sensory activities outside.
Here are some great mud kitchen play ideas for little ones, as well as awesome printable mud kitchen "recipes."
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Another great way to include nature's textures in sensory activities is to do this Nature Treasure Hunt! Get the free printable Scavenger Hunt list and get outside with your little ones!
Yes, taking your kids to the beach is a GREAT sensory activity! Touching the sand, getting their toes wet is all important for sensory development for kids. So plan a trip to the beach this summer - whether it's the ocean or a local lake. Even an outdoor inflatable pool or local splash pad at the park is not a bad idea!
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Summer Fun! Ocean Themed Water Play
Here's another fun summer play idea - set up an ocean themed water tub! I love how the mirror adds another dynamic.
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