The benefits of sensory play for babies and toddlers are numerous. An important part of early childhood development, sensory play encourages brain and language development, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive growth and social interaction, to name a few. Babies and toddlers use their senses (touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing) to explore and try to make sense of the world around them, and getting outside in the summertime is a great way to help your little one make new discoveries while getting some fresh air at the same time.

Best summer sensory activities for babies & toddlers

From splashing around at a water table to grabbing bubbles and playing Peekaboo, these sensory play activities for babies and toddlers will start their development off right while providing you with another chance to bond with your new little one.

We've broken down the best summer sensory activities for ages 0-3. Enjoy exploring with sensory play activities this summer!

Best summer sensory activities for babies 0-6 months

Best summer sensory activities for babies 6-12 months

Best summer sensory activities for 1 yr olds

Best summer sensory activities for 2 yr olds

  • Finger painting is a great sensory activity for toddlers. Simply choose your safe edible finger paint (vanilla yogurt mixed with food coloring, how genius is that?) and grab a big sheet of paper for your toddler to create art.
  • Best summer sensory activities for 3 yr olds

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