When I was teaching in the classroom summer used to be my FAVORITE season out of the four. Yes, I enjoyed sitting on the beach, relaxing in my hammock, and finally finishing a book. Summer break from classes and the busy schedule at school was always welcomed with open arms.

Sometimes the heat can be too much for our kiddos. Bring them inside, or in the shade, and still give them a piece of summer to play with. This summer themed sensory bin can provide children with independent or social play, as well as exploring senses. Grab your pool noodles and CHARGE!

– Life Over C's Summer theme sensory bin for kids.

Recommended Grade Level:

Summer Sensory Bin Supplies:

  • Sensory bin or sand/water table
  • Kinetic sand
  • Flamingo stir sticks  
  • Palm tree stir sticks
  • Blue gems
  • Scoops and spoons
  • Small bowls
  • Small cups
  • Lei flowers
  • Mini drink umbrellas

Learning Through Preschool Sensory Activities

Summer sensory play ideas


Easy sensory activities can help children understand their 5 senses and develop oral speaking skills. Both of these concepts can help them navigate the world around them.

This summer sensory activity is a great hands-on way to explore the many exciting descriptions of the season and activities you can participate in. It’s also a great way to explain to children that the season of summer is different depending on where they live around the world.

The sensory bin filler could also be used with water beads, small colorful rocks, seashells, or just plain water.

I like to use the sensory summer activities at the end of an ocean theme or at the start of an awesome summer!

In addition to learning about the 5 senses and summer, you can pose additional questions to young learners like:

  • What does the sand feel like?
  • What things do you see on the beach? What can you hear on the beach?
  • What activities do you like to do in the summer?
  • What items could we put in a summer sensory bottle?
– Life Over C's Supplies to make the summer sensory bin.

What Can Toddlers and Preschoolers Learn While Using the Summer Preschool Activity?

Summer preschool theme


– Life Over C's Put flamingo stir sticks and palm tree stir sticks into the sensory bin.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About the Changing Seasons?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about the changing of seasons can help them understand the world a little bit better.

Background Knowledge: Learning about the changing seasons is really the first step toward more complex science concepts, like the scientific process. What will the weather be like? Will the temperature be hot or cold?

Make Connections: Learning different cycles, from seasons and plants to animals and insects, helps kids make deeper connections among them and relate it to themselves.

How To Use the Sensory Table Activities for Preschool

How to Make This Fun Sensory Bin

Step One:

Fill the bin with the sand. Leave a small section for the blue gems (represents water) and place the gems next to the sand. 

– Life Over C's First put kinetic sand and blue stones in the sensory bin.

Step Two:

Add the scoops, spoons, and cups, mini umbrellas, and bowl with lei flowers. 

– Life Over C's Add tropical flowers, umbrellas, and scoops to the summer theme sensory bin.

Step Three:

Add the flamingo and palm tree stirring sticks to the bin. 

– Life Over C's Put flamingo stir sticks and palm tree stir sticks into the sensory bin.

Step Four:

Invite the child to engage with the contents of the sensory bin. Observe how he/she uses the items in the bin. 

– Life Over C's Child playing with the summer sensory bin.

Summer Activities for Preschoolers

Summer Crafts: Summer crafts are a colorful way to display the fun and exciting activities you can complete throughout the season.

Create a Book: Make book with half sheets of paper and child illustrations, photographs, or magazine cutouts of summer time seasonal activities.

Summer Salad: Have your child help make a tasty, and healthy, summer treat. You can use vegetables found in a garden or different summer time fruits.

Sensory Art: Cool down with this colorful ice cube summer sensory art project! So much fun and so refreshing!

Have a Snack: A butterfly-themed snack is a great way to please hungry kiddos while still reviewing important concepts and vocabulary!

Seashell Play: Continue learning about summer and the beach with the seashell sensory bin.

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– Life Over C's Summer theme sensory bin for kids.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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