Creative Play: Sensory Play Summer Ideas and Activities. Without a doubt, summer is the favourite season of the year, especially for kids. At Creative Play, we believe the warm weather is best for engaging the kids in sensory play and activities. Below are some sensory play, summer ideas and activities kids can participate in, to get the best out of summer.
Sensory activities for children are engaging, appealing, exciting, easy to put together and are usually carried out during summer to help do away with boredom and keep the children physically active. It involves the use of five senses; taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing, helping towards good health and energy.
1. Sandbox play
Sand is the best natural available toy for kids. Kids explore their imaginary world as they mould objects. Sandbox play enables kids to improve their motor skills as well as refine their hand-eye coordination. It is also important for practising social skills, as kids play together.
Whether at the beach or in the backyard, only simple tools such as small buckets, sifters, funnels and pipes are needed. What child doesn’t enjoy building sandcastles?!
2. Water balloons
Under adult supervision, kids can learn and play safely with water. Water enables the kids to cool off too. The older kids can battle with water-filled balloons, but in a careful way. The younger ones can play with wobbly balloons, teaching them the importance of being gentle.
3. Play sprinklers
Play sprinklers for kids are fun and safety is guaranteed. One can opt for the regular backyard sprinklers or set up one in various shapes such as unicorns, rainbows or a fun shape.
4. Sensory bags
Sensory squishy bags made from shells and sand collected from the beach or the sandbox, and coloured water. This enables the kids to continue exploring while learning and sparking conversations, which help build their vocabulary.
5. Parachute Games
Parachute games are a lot of fun for children and help to keep the children physically active and at the same time, entertained. Every child gets to spread around the parachute and hold the edge. Under the supervision of an adult, parachute games can be used to encourage group cooperation, turn-taking, non-competitive play and they can also learn the virtue of sharing.
Before summer arrives, it is wise to have a list of ideas to do, to account for the most anticipated season of the year. Summer is meant to be joyful, fun and fresh. With the help of adults, kids can make their wish lists for things they’d like to do, places they’d like to go and the various kinds of food they’d like to make and eat.
Below are some of the recommended summer ideas
Baking is a brilliant idea for kids who enjoy the process of making pies, cakes, scones, cookies and treats. Instead of the normal cookies, kids can make rainbow cookies under adult supervision. This allows them to be creative and play with their imagination. Encouraging them to share with other kids enhances their social skills as well.
2. Making refreshments
Helping the kids make summer refreshments is a fun and refreshing way for them to cool off. This can be done by challenging the kids to come up with some fun recipes they’d like to try out using fruits and healthy ingredients of choice. Try refreshments such as smoothies, popsicles and lemonades that are easy to make.
3. New sporting activities
Summer is the best time for trying out new sports for kids. Caregivers can identify various talents and interests that kids have through trying out new sporting activities. The activities foster teamwork, discipline and physical benefits. You can also introduce interesting activities such as roller-skating which encourages body balance and coordination. Running is a great activity that enhances both concentration, focus and improves muscle strength. If a child is interested in gymnastics, it is advisable to introduce them to trained experts, to take them through the process. Kids benefit from attaining flexibility.
Parents can prepare their kids for travelling to various destinations locally or around the world. This breaks the boredom of staying at home. Since travelling with kids is less relaxing and more exhausting, some travelling tips can come in handy; such as putting up car activities with items like drawing pads and coloured pencils or play dough, making stops at restaurants and scenic views allowing the kids to take pictures to keep beautiful memories.
Our aim at Creative Play is to provide various suitable sensory play ideas and summer activities that are fun, engaging, appealing and safe enough for children, to reduce boredom, entertain them and keep them psychically active.
At Creative Play, we have lots of sensory play and playground equipment for the summer season. Our playground equipment made in the UK is made with a lot of inspiration.
Please feel free to contact us for great sensory play, summer ideas and activities, as well as some of the best equipment that can offer your kids the best experience.