Six Simple Summer Sensory Activities

Summer is almost here and I know everyone needs a few quick and easy activities to entertain your kiddos. Some might last 37 seconds while others might last longer — cheers to summertime and not losing your mind!

1. Jell-O Bowls

This is very simple to do. Take a few packages of Jell-O, whatever color or colors you prefer, and you can do one of two things: Put it all in one big bowl and then dump it into a large plastic container for your toddlers, or you can mix the Jell-O and pour it into a bunch of different smaller containers to set. I let mine set overnight and then put my son in a diaper and take him outside to explore the Jell-O. It is a fun sensory play activity that helped keep him cool too!

2. Squirt Water Bottles and “Paint” a Fence

This is literally the easiest thing ever:

  1. Go to the dollar store
  2. Buy spray bottles
  3. Fill with water
  4. Take your child outside
  5. Hand them a spray bottle full of water and let them go crazy

SIDE NOTE: If you have a paintbrush, old bucket, and a fence that can be “painted” with water, I highly suggest that too. It’s fun for them to dip the brush and “paint” without doing any harm.

3. Paint a Rock or Stick

Depending on your child’s age, you can have paint and brushes out on a table or throw a bunch of paint and brushes into a large plastic container you can stick your child into as well so they don’t escape.

4. Bubble Machine

  1. Buy a bubble machine
  2. Fill it with bubbles
  3. Turn on
  4. Enjoy

5. Calming Playdough


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 6-10 drops essential oils
  • food coloring (if desired)
  1. Mix all the ingredients except essential oils and food coloring in a medium saucepan, stirring for five minutes over medium heat or until dough reaches the right consistency.
  2. Split into three portions and kneed in essential oils* and food coloring.
  3. I used 10 drops of Lavender and six drops of Stress Away.

*I use Young Living Essential Oils {no, this is not a sponsored post.} 

6. Dig in the dirt

I hit up the dollar store for all of their garden tools, beach toys, and basically anything that can be used to dig and explore in the water or dirt. I make sure to only get items that aren’t going to cause the end of the world should they break. For younger kiddos, you can get a cheap plastic pool or large plastic container that they can sit in comfortably, fill it with dirt or water, and let them play!

Hopefully, your child will love one of these six sensory activities and will do them for longer than 37 seconds this summer! What are your favorite simple activities for your kids to do outside?

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