Winter sensory play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers

Winter sensory play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers

Are you running out of ideas to keep your toddler or preschooler busy in the winter?


Try these outdoor sensory play activities below and let us know your favourite.


1 - Sensory colour walk

Find all of the colours of the rainbow - including white for the clouds

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2 - Collect 10 natural resources

As you walk in your community, collect natural resources then use these natural play resources indoors for open ended art when you get home

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3 - Break up your sensory walk with a quick play at the park

Pack a warm hot chocolate for you and your little one if needed at the park and encourage your child to try a range of playground equipment options (with your help where needed)

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4 - If your neighbourhood doesn't have many natural resources available, make a chalk obstacle course to help you all warm up with exercise during this cold weather.

Your neighbours might also enjoy using your obstacle course on their next walk.

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5 - Find 5 different textures on the ground during your sensory walk

Enjoy exploring a range of different nature play textures including mud, grass, rocks, sand, bark, etc.

Talk about how each natural play resource feels to touch. For example, 'wet', 'cold', 'sticky', 'smooth'

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