We are excited to share a wonderful guest post today from fellow blogger, Clare. She is sharing a fun summer activity idea for kids of all ages called Summer Sensory Soup. Read below for more details!
One of my favourite summer activities for toddlers is creating a Summer Sensory Soup. This activity is so quick and easy to put together and provides lots of lovely opportunities to learn through play.
We create this fun summer sensory bin every year and even babies love to join in with this one, just make sure they can’t grab any small parts.
You will need:
- Shallow tray
- Yellow objects
- Yellow food colouring
To start with I asked the children to go on a treasure hunt and find as many yellow toys as they could around the house. They came back with quite a haul and I removed any that weren’t suitable to go in water or that I didn’t want to stain.
Next, we filled our tray with water, added a few drops of food colouring and mixed it together until the water turned a lovely yellow colour.
We then added the yellow toys and objects to the water and our Summer Sensory Soup was created.
The first thing they noticed was that some of the toys sunk and some floated which led to lots of experimenting with how they could get the floating toys to sink.
There was lots of scooping, pouring and transferring the water and toys between containers and the jumbo tweezers provided a great fine motor workout.
It wasn’t long before their play got really creative and they pretended to make ice creams, soups and pet food and even pretended to make a magic witches potion. Open-ended play like this really allows children to use their imagination and it’s lovely to sit back and watch as their play develops.
For some more summer fun you could also make a Summer Sensory Bin using yellow rice or make some super Sunny Playdough. Or if your little ones love water play then this Easy DIY Water Wall is always a big hit and if you kids love to get messy then try a mini Mud Kitchen.
More About our Guest Blogger:
Clare is a mum of 2 children aged 2 and 5 and has been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2013. You can find her blog over at Clare’s Little Tots where she shares easy crafts, recipes and activities as well as childminding help.