Now that we’ve moved into the summer season (in this hemisphere), it’s time for our summer sensory box!
Summer Sensory Box
What’s in Our Summer Sensory Box:
- Sand (a great base for sensory play)
- Toy dump truck (that really dumps! It’s the perfect size for this box. $1.50 on sale at Target)
- Small shovel (when you wait until halfway through the season, the sand toys go on sale! This one was just $0.84 at Taret.)
- Small sand rake ($0.84 at Target)
- Small toy tree (I can’t remember the price, but it was at AC Moore)
- Set of two funnels (a great last-minute additional – only $1 for the 2-pack at Target!)
- Small sand bucket ($1 at Target)
- Small toy duck ($1 at AC Moore)
- Small toy turtle (this was my splurge item – with a 50% off coupon at AC Moore, it was $2.50)
- Large bin (I used a 16-quart one here – these go on sale semi-regularly at Target, too)
*I wanted this box to be more than just a beach box, so I included other items to make it summer-y, whether or not that includes the beach. (Love beach play, but just wanted this one to be more about the season!)
Activities for a Summer Sensory Box
-Scoop and pour sand into the dump truck, then dump that sand elsewhere in the bin!
-Pretend to “plant” the tree in the ground. This was the main reason why I wanted to get a toy tree. This simple pretend play involves digging, fine motor control, and spreading the sand back around the tree base to keep it upright.
-Pretend play with the duck and turtle learning to live in this new habitat. (Hah!)
-If you decide to add water, you can build sand castles, too.
Ask your child to:
- Find all the tools.
- Find all the animals.
- Find anything living (trees and animals).
- Find something that has a motor (the dump truck).
- Find the objects that are more square-ish in shape, and the ones that are more circular.
Fine Motor Skills:
-Build with sand
-Dig in the sand
-Learn how the funnel works if you scoop, then keep the funnel positioned vertically.
-Scooping and pouring! (a theme in sensory boxes, right?)
-Count how many scoops it takes to fill up a small sand bucket.
-Count how many dump truck loads it takes to fill up the bucket.
-Count how many scoops of sand it takes to cover the turtle or duck.
-Introduce words like “increase” and “decrease” when filling objects with sand.
- Model and make animal sounds.
- Practice and label common words and signs (“sand,” “turtle,” “tree”).
- Introduce new vocabulary, both nouns and verbs (“scoop,” “plant,” “funnel”).
-If you have toy cars, they can make a racetrack or town roads in the sand for more pretend play.
-As with our Spring Sensory box, we work on sharing and taking turns when both kids play at the same time.
*Since this box also has small materials, we only use this sensory box when a parent is present to watch over (and play with!) the kids.
Looking for other seasons? Check out my Spring Sensory Box here, and be on the lookout for a Fall box coming in a few months!
What would you add to a Summer sensory box? What kinds of skills do you include in sensory box play? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up, Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Tuesday Tots, Hearts for Home linkup, Tender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers, and the Weekly Kids Co-op.