Having fun while sneaking in some easy spring sensory activities shouldn’t be difficult. Why… they should be right in your backyard, right?
Erin from Putting Socks on Chickens is encouraging us all to step outside our back door and experience all of the sensory input our backyard has to offer.
5 Easy Spring Backyard Sensory Activities
Spring is a great time to get outside and have some sensory fun in your own backyard. Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring down, here are 5 of our favorite easy spring time sensory activities.
What kid doesn’t love blowing dandelions? Blowing is a great oral activity. It helps my son learn how to take deep breaths for when he is not so calm.
Find a 4 leaf clover.
OK…so in all honesty with an attention span of all about 5 seconds, I’m pretty sure my kiddo won’t be finding any 4 leaf clovers unless he has incredible luck. However, asking him to sit down and look for a 4 leaf clover offers a lot of tactile input that he craves. Just the thought of the grass tickling my hand as I run it through the clovers is enough to put me in a calm state.
Jump in rain puddles.
Well…spring showers bring May flowers and filthy wet kids. My kids love splashing, kicking, running, sliding and doing just about everything in rain puddles. And as long as we aren’t getting ready to go somewhere, I seriously don’t mind. My son gets so much tactile and proprioceptive input when they head out to play in the puddles.
Make mud pies.
Some of our kids would love this and some of them would hate it. If your child is one that doesn’t seem to notice the dirt on his face, then let him dig in and patty away. Another great tactile activity that also offers proprioceptive input.
Climb a tree.
To this day, I still can’t climb a tree. As a child, I was always scared of the monkey bars because I didn’t want to get hurt. So it amazed me when I heard my son calling for me one day, “look at me mommy” and he was up in a tree. So if your child is like mine, send them outside for a little proprioceptive and vestibular fun and have them climb a tree (or play on the monkey bars).
Now that spring is in the air, send the kids outside to get their sensory input. They will have so much fun that they won’t even realize it’s helping regulate them. And if you love spring as much as kids do, have a little fun and join them.
What’s your favorite backyard sensory activity?
About Erin: Erin is the mother of two of the most adventurous and hard headed children that are the best gifts ever given her. She is also a wife, part-time fundraiser for a non-profit and blogger. You can read more from Erin on Putting Socks on Chickens.
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