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Summer is just around the corner. Today I wanted to share some of the FUN summer activities for kids that I have shared on my website over the years.
Fun Gross Motor Summer Activities for Kids
One of my favorite things we did a couple of summers ago was our gross motor minute to win it style games. You can have these set up as stations to do with a group, or just have the supplies around your yard for your children to engage with.
You can also check out my 5 ways to improve gross motor skills over the summer by clicking here.
Fun Sensory Summer Activities for Kids
This one is up there with the top sensory activities I have ever done. We got a group of 5 kids together and took a whole week to do this My Senses Summer Camp program.
We followed the same schedule each day and it took around 1-1/2 hours to complete. It included circle time and introducing the “sensory word of the day” followed by story and movement time plus two hands-on activities and a snack. We ended it with coloring pages for each sensory system.
Here's what my friend had to say about her kids participating with us…
“My Senses Summer Day Camp was such a phenomenal experience for my 5 and 3-year-old! They enjoyed the multiple approaches used to teach each of the senses including the crafts, exploring smells and tastes, and trying new games! A year later and they are still asking to do it again!” – Kati, mom of 3 children.
This Seashell Washing for Practical Life activity also doubles as a great sensory activity. You can do this at the beach or after you get home from your beach vacation!
Summer is also the perfect time to get some extra proprioceptive work while in the yard. Here are some ideas on what type of yard work to include for proprioceptive input.
Speaking of oceans, here are 35 ocean and beach sensory play ideas if you aren't able to get to the beach this year.
I created this fun summer senses scavenger hunt printable that you can add to any walk, hiking trail, or just a day around the house.
If you have any ice cream lovers, print off these fun ice cream-themed playdough mats and also work on number recognition and counting over the summer.
Fun Fine Motor Summer Activities for Kids
Because our gross motor minute-to-win-it games were so popular, I made a fine motor minute-to-win-it version. These are good for any time of year, but work great for rainy days inside OR do them outside on a back porch or picnic table.
You can also work on some fine motor and handwriting skills with this fun summer-themed pre-writing and scissor practice packet I created. It's a free download when you click over to the blog post here.
Water play is a great fine motor activity for summer. Here are 25 hands-on activity ideas that use water.
If you live in the United States and celebrate the 4th of July, this is a great play dough invitation to play I set up one year for my kids.
I also have this 4th of July scissor practice and cutting printable you can grab.
Summer Development Activities for Kids
Lastly, I have a free printable of summer developmental activities for kids. This free handout is a great thing to send home from school for home programs.
Have a great summer!