Outdoor sensory play supplies are our summer staple.
It is time to restock the outdoor sensory supplies and get ready for fun water play!
Whether you are looking to add to the water table or encourage more inquiry-based learning, we’ve got the outdoor sensory table supplies to get play ideas flowing.
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What types of toys do children need outside?
Outdoor sensory play supplies do not require an enormous fenced-in backyard with three swings, monkey bars, and a slide.
Instead, outdoor sensory play supplies, maybe 5-10 items you store in a container to keep on the fly for pouring, mixing, and transporting. Children can use these items on the back porch or driveway. It is an “anything goes” type of bin that is incredible for child development and inquiry-based learning.
Does your child like making potions and mud pies?
Come step inside our outdoor area supply bucket!
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Build momentum with your outdoor play.
Every day, you can find us outside playing in some quick and easy sensory bin.
Occasionally we will drop ice into our favorite 41-quart storage bin, and others will see what we can do with our almost expired bag of beans.
Outside sensory play ideas
- Water Beads
- 20+ Ideas for Water Beads
- DIY Watercolors
- Muddy Water Play
- Button Water Play
- Paint the Ice
- Bear Soup
- Strawberry Sensory Bin for Babies
- Lemon Play
- Flower Senses
What remains consistent is the tools and supplies my children are using to play.
Okay, okay, I hear you.
Beth. WHAT IS IN THAT OUTDOOR STORAGE BIN?!
Let’s take a look inside.
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What is inside this outdoor storage bin?
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Outdoor sensory supplies – the basics
Store all your supplies in one place with this outdoor storage box.
We use this sensory bin indoors and outdoors throughout the year. An alternative to this bin is an under-the-bed storage container.
We also use this sensory bin for a handful of summer activities for toddlers.
Here’s what’s inside the outdoor sensory play storage bin.
Pot – Use an old one from your current collection
Ladles – Dollar store or one you no longer use is great!
I keep this storage bin filled with outdoor supplies and goodies under an outdoor table.
Once everyone is finished playing outside, we typically line everything up for the sun to dry it out. After dinner, we place our supplies back into the outdoor container and tuck it away.
This outdoor storage bin is one of my top things we own for playtime. We use it multiple times per day and include it in our outdoor water play.