It’s summer…the kids are excited and the parents are wondering how am I going to entertain my kids all summer long. While we don’t want our kids glued to electronics all day, we also don’t feel like listening to them scream and fight because of boredom. When you throw having kids with sensory issues and/or ADHD into the mix, then you definitely want to find something that will keep them moving and getting plenty of physical activity. Your backyard is a great place to add some sensory play, allowing your kids to have fun while getting the movement and sensory input they need.
This ultimate list of toys for backyard sensory play is great for providing fun while letting kids with ADHD get the movement they need and providing sensory integration for kids with sensory processing disorder.
Backyard Toys for Jumping:
Jumping is a great activity for kids seeking vestibular and proprioceptive input.
*While not all of these are jumping activities, they can provide the input vestibular and proprioceptive seekers need for their sensory diet.
Backyard Toys with Water:
Water play is great for those seeking proprioceptive, vestibular, and tactile input.
Backyard toys for spinning or swinging.
Spinning is a powerful therapy for sensory integration.
Backyard toys to Enhance Motor Skills:
A lot of kids with sensory issues struggle with their motor skills. These toys can improve fine motor skills, large motor skills, hand-eye coordination, etc.
Backyard Toys for a Calming Space:
When our kids get overwhelmed, they sometimes need a quiet place they can retreat too. Let them get away without leaving the yard.
Backyard Toys for Movement:
All of these toys allow for movement which all children need, especially children diagnosed with ADHD. They also provide great vestibular and proprioceptive input.