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Outdoor Sensory Activities For Kids

Instructor: Abigail Cook
Children love to explore their surroundings using their eyes, ears, and hands. Help engage your students with their environment by designing some fun ways for them to to explore using these outdoor sensory activities!

Sensory Play

Sensory play has an important role in learning and development. Children learn to use their senses from birth, as they begin to see, hear, and feel their environment. They are wired to explore using their eyes, mouths, hands, ears, and noses. Incorporating some sensory play in the classroom will encourage your students to examine, discover, and gain information about the world around them in fun and engaging ways.

This lesson includes several ideas and activities you might use with your students. These activities are intended for outside play, so you will need to find a safe area outside the classroom to implement them.

Sensory Bins

Sensory bins are a fun way to get kids exploring with their eyes and hands. To create a sensory bin, start with any type of plastic bin or container and filler material; the box should be about half full. You could use rice, dried beans, cotton balls, water, dirt, sand, and marshmallows as filler material. Add small toys or other objects to the box for kids to use as they play.

Here is a list of sensory bin ideas:

  • Water and plastic fish
  • Dirt and toy cars, trucks, and construction vehicles
  • Sand with seashells and colorful rocks
  • Soapy water and rubber ducks
  • Rice and small plastic animals

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