The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Sensory Activities for Kids and Weekly Link Party

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sensory Activities for Kids and Weekly Link Party

It's link party time and this week's features are sensory activities that are perfect to try with your kids this summer. I know I'm all over the place with my features from week to week. One week might be recipes or DIY projects and the next week is something fun for the kids. This week's features happen to hold a huge personal interest for me, though. You youngest son has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder along with developmental delays in multiple areas. It's for that very reason that I'm always on the hunt for excellent sensory activities--not just for him but for all three of my kids!

My little guy has certainly presented us with some challenges through the years, but the blessings far outweigh any of the obstacles that we have faced or will continue to surmount. Perhaps I'll sit down one day and tell you all about it. For now, I'm sharing a fun sensory topic--sensory play! You can't go wrong with implementing sensory play into your child's routine! Below you'll find a list of simple sensory play ideas to try with your child. Not only are they fun, but they promote development and learning.

Although not all kids have Sensory Processing Disorder, ALL kids do have sensory needs. Let that sink in for a minute... They all have the need to explore textures, sounds, sights, and more! And kids learn best through play. Sensory exploration and play help with many facets of a child's development. Whether your own child has sensory processing issues or not, the activities shared below can help support the development of their sensory systems. And they are all activities that can easily be implemented in their playtime routines this summer!
1. Mini Aquarium in a Bottle / A Little Pinch of Perfect
Sensory bottles are a no-mess activity and can appeal to a variety of senses. And this mini aquarium is such a fun and creative idea for a sensory bottle!

2. Sandbox with Lid / The Country Chic Cottage
Summertime is the perfect time for loads of outdoor play. Here's a fun way to get the kids outside playing. Not only is it an excellent tactile activity, but it's also budget-friendly!

3. Interactive Rainforest Box / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Here's an activity your kids will come back to time and time again. It's as fun to play with as it is to create!

4. Frozen Fractals Art Activity / A Little Pinch of Perfect
Here's a sensory and art activity all rolled into one. And the ice makes it an ideal outdoor activity for a hot summer day!

5. Ice Cub Tray Crayons / The Chaos and the Clutter
Colors, sorting, fine motor skills, creativity...this activity covers a variety of areas. Coloring is a great visual activity, but making your own crayons takes it to a whole new level. These chunky crayons are perfect for little hands that are still working on their fine motor skills.

Oh, and don't forget about sensory dough! You might also enjoy...

Now it's time for...

Meet your hostesses!
(Be sure to give them a follow!)
Tanya  |  The Natural Homeschool  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest
Jennifer  |  The Life of Jennifer Dawn  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest

Are you ready to share your own posts and projects? We can't wait to see what you've been crafting, creating, decorating, mixing, and posting!

If you were featured this week, feel free to grab a button...

Party time! A Little Bird Told Me that you've been doing some amazing things! I'd love for you to share! Link up a recipe, craft, home decor project, home school post, activity/craft for kids, or any other post you're proud of! Your post will be shown on each host's blog where we will individually pick features each week. We're teaming up to bring you an even bigger and better party!

Follow each host, grab a button, link up, visit others, and be sure to leave some comment love on each other's posts!  That same little birdie told me that we all love comments! If you don't have anything to link up, that's okay! Sit back, get comfy, and glean inspiration from the amazing posts shared below...

Remember that you must link back in order to be featured.  If your link does get featured, I have a special Pinterest board to further showcase your tremendous talent! Just a few more things... This party is not for giveaways or other link parties. Be sure to link to the specific post and not your blog's homepage. By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature your post. All features will be given credit and a link to its source.

Here we go! I can't wait to see what you're sharing this week!


  1. I just spent hours reading your blog posts...God bless you and your family.

    1. Thanks, Jas, for visiting around the blog. I'm glad you found some posts that you enjoyed. Hugs and blessings to you and your family too!

  2. Thanks for hosting the great party!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  3. Marilyn, it's a pleasure reading your comments on the link party each week. I know I've been awful about responding, but please know that I have seen each one and really appreciate them. Have a wonderful week!


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