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Christa Anaya Christa Anaya 275 Points

What outdoor activities would be good for sensory development in early childhood?

Daisy Gomez Daisy Gomez 515 Points

Hello Christa! A great outdoor activity that can be done for sensory development is the Rainbow Soap Foam Bin. For this activity all you need is a large bin, water, soap, and food coloring. You're basically creating a bubbly foam by mixing the soap and water together, then painting it a solid color with food coloring. These steps will be repeated to get as many colors as you'd like to have. Once all foams are colored and ready, you will place them into the large bin. The students can then play and get creative by pointing out colors they already know and make new ones by mixing the foam with their hands. 

Anne Lowry Anne Lowry 6890 Points

I'd look at the other outdoor activities thread.   Think through many of those  activities from an "I feel, i hear, I touch, I smell" perspective and you have good sensory activities.   I usually leave out "I taste" unless I know the class well

Conversely, if you had specific senses you want to focus on, such as touch for that one student who touches everything, you can look at your outdoor spaces.  What textures are there?  Can you categorize the textures?  Dothe textures change?  Can you create class names for the textures?  Later, can you discover texture words and create a class dictionary with examples?  How would you draw texture?  Can you create texture scavenger hunts?

Just some ideas.  I am sure you will come up with and share many more!


Aida Nichols Aida Nichols 1180 Points

Hello there!

An activity I do every year with my students is a five senses scavenger hunt. This week my students are painting binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. Then we are taking a nature walk and looking for signs of fall. They can collect acorns, different color leaves, different size sticks to compare, etc. Being outside, especially now is wonderful for hands-on sensory exploration!

Madeline Henderson Madeline Henderson 250 Points

Finding different kinds of leaves would be a fun, easy science activity for children. This could help them compare their textures and colors to figure out which tree they came from. 

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