We’ve been stuck inside only able to do indoor sensory activities but now it’s finally warmed up enough to spend some time outside. That means we can finally add these easy outdoor sensory activities to our days. We are so looking forward to getting some fresh air.The kids have already begun exploring in the trees and enjoying the sunshine. It has done wonders for their mood now that they aren’t as cooped up anymore.
Other easy ideas for outdoor sensory activities you can do at home:
- make mud pies
- water balloons or an old fashioned water fight
- obstacle course – Use anything you have on hand such as hula hoops, slides, wood, pallets, tunnels, pool noodles, chairs, and tires.
- jump rope
- relay races
- sprinkler, kiddie pool, or Slip ‘n’ Slide
- yard work – Great for proprioception and for teaching good work ethic! Think raking, mowing (for kids who are old enough), picking rocks, and carrying firewood or bricks.
- dig in the sandbox
- gardening – digging, planting, pulling weeds, and picking are all great tactile sensory input.
- bike rides
- hikes or nature walks
- family campfire
- tree climbing
- interval circuit – set up exercise stations in the yard with signs like “10 Jumping Jacks”, “1 Run Around the Yard”, “10 Supermans” (my kids loved this activity!)
Of course as with all sensory activities, adult supervision should be used.
In case the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can find a great list of indoor sensory activities for home here.