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!
Learning Through Preschool Sensory Activities
Summer sensory play ideas
SENSORY BINS FOR PRESCHOOL PROVIDES CHILDREN WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE THEIR SENSES THROUGHOUT PLAY.
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.
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?
What Can Toddlers and Preschoolers Learn While Using the Summer Preschool Activity?
Summer preschool theme
LEARNING ABOUT SENSES CAN HELP CHILDREN LEARN AND USE DESCRIPTIVE WORDS AND VOCABULARY:
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Change?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about the changing of seasons can help them understand the world a little bit better.
How To Use the Sensory Table Activities for Preschool
How to Make This Fun Sensory Bin
Fill the bin with the sand. Leave a small section for the blue gems (represents water) and place the gems next to the sand.
Add the scoops, spoons, and cups, mini umbrellas, and bowl with lei flowers.
Add the flamingo and palm tree stirring sticks to the bin.
Invite the child to engage with the contents of the sensory bin. Observe how he/she uses the items in the bin.
Our Favorite Summer Theme Books:
We can’t live without these!
Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer SummerThe Watermelon SeedA Camping Spree with Mr. Magee: (Read Aloud Books, Series Books for Kids, Books for Early Readers) (Mr. Magee, MCGE)Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read)Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book) (Over and Under)The HoneybeeI Am the Sun: A Book About the Sun for Kids (I Am Learning: Educational Series for Kids)
Create a Book
Make book with half sheets of paper and child illustrations, photographs, or magazine cutouts of summer time seasonal activities.
Have your child help make a tasty, and healthy, summer treat. You can use vegetables found in a garden or different summer time fruits.