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10 Outdoor Summer Sensory Activities:

  1. Sensory Nature Walk: Take children on a nature walk and encourage them to explore different textures, smells, and sounds they encounter along the way, such as touching leaves, smelling flowers, and listening to the sounds of birds or water.

  2. Sand Play: Set up a sandbox or visit a beach where children can engage in sand play. This sensory activity promotes tactile exploration, fine motor skills, and creativity.

  3. Water Balloon Toss: Fill water balloons and engage children in a game of tossing and catching them. The sensation of water splashing and the tactile experience of catching the balloons provide a fun sensory activity.

  4. Bubble Play: Blow bubbles and let children chase and pop them. This activity engages their visual tracking skills, hand-eye coordination, and provides a tactile and visual sensory experience.

  5. Sensory Obstacle Course: Create an outdoor obstacle course with various sensory stations. Include activities like crawling through a tunnel, walking on textured surfaces, jumping over hurdles, and navigating balance beams.

  6. Sensory Garden: Plant a sensory garden with different herbs, flowers, and plants that have distinct smells, textures, and colors. Encourage children to explore and interact with the garden, stimulating their senses.

  7. Sprinkler Fun: Set up a sprinkler in the yard and let children run through the water. The sensation of water spraying and the sound it creates offer a refreshing and sensory experience.

  8. Outdoor Music Play: Set up a space with various musical instruments like drums, chimes, or a small keyboard. Let children explore and create music, engaging their auditory senses and fine motor skills.

  9. Nature Scavenger Hunt: Create a scavenger hunt list that includes items for children to find in nature, such as different types of leaves, rocks, flowers, or animal tracks. This activity encourages observation, tactile exploration, and outdoor sensory experiences.

  10. Sensory Water Play: Set up water tables with various sensory elements like colored water, foam, or water beads. Let children explore and play with these sensory materials, stimulating their tactile senses and promoting water play skills.

Always remember to consider children's individual sensitivities and preferences when engaging in sensory activities. Provide supervision, ensure safety measures, and adapt the activities for

their age and abilities.

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