Summer has finally arrived. Hooray! The days are warmer and I don’t know about you, but we’re finding ourselves playing outside a lot more. If you’re looking for some great activities to do at home on a lovely summers day (or inside if it’s raining), then look no further. These activities are perfect for both toddlers and bigger kids. What’s even better is that they’re all budget friendly and easy to do! Here are 5 summer sensory activities: 


1. Learning lollipops – These felt lollipops aren’t only pretty, but there are so many things you can do with them, as well as teaching colours! Click to find out how creative you can be.

2. Beach in a box with homemade sand – Made with two ingredients that you already have at home in your cupboards, this quick-to-make homemade sand is the perfect way to get the beach at home, rain or shine!

3. Rainbow ice water play – Two simple ingredients can bring your paddling pool or bath to life. The perfect sensory activity for cooling down this summer.

4. Gardening – An inexpensive activity that you can do so much with! From planting flowers, to teaching where food comes from. Gardening doesn’t just have to be for outdoors!

5. Paint lollipops – These easy-to-make ice paint lollipops are a great cooling summer sensory activity. A creative messy play idea that’s perfect for a hot day in the garden or a rainy day inside.

Which of these activities do you want to try the most? What activities can you suggest for a great summer of fun?



  1. August 4, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Lovely ideas, thanks for sharing! I love your learning lollipops, so simple and yet so many ways that they can be played with. I think that I might make mine some for the toy kitchen, they’d love them!

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. They’re so easy to make! I hope you get around to it. That’s a great idea for using them. x

  2. August 4, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Thank you so much for these fantastic ideas! I really like: Learning lollipops, Beach in a box with homemade sand, & Paint lollipops. Please may I ask which edible paint do you recommend? My 1.5 yrs Evelyn is still teething I’m afraid she might just pop that into her mouth. Thank you.

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:43 pm

      Some Crayola ones are safe if they happen to put them in their mouths, we used to use them at baby group and were always told Crayola was safe (I think it’s the finger paints but you’d have to check first!). But for these I found a recipe for edible paints on Pinterest. I can’t remember for the life of me which one it was but here’s a lot for you to browse through – https://www.pinterest.com/search/?q=edible+paints I hope that helps 🙂 x

      • August 5, 2015 / 9:13 pm

        Wow! Thank you so much for your help. That’s awesome! xx

        • August 7, 2015 / 5:47 pm

          that’s ok! I hope you enjoy making them. 🙂 x

  3. August 5, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Good ideas to keep kids busy outside. We tried ice painting last year, must do it again.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • August 5, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you so much. Evie was a little bit underwhelmed with ice painting the first time around but now she really loves it. It’s such a quick and inexpensive activity isn’t it! x

  4. August 7, 2015 / 9:13 am

    These are great activities! We enjoy baking, painting, colouring xx

    • August 7, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      We haven’t tried baking yet! I’m worried Evie’s too young. But I really do want to try it with her. I love making cakes. x

  5. Rachael Dancey
    August 7, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Loved theses ideas! Thank you

    • August 7, 2015 / 10:40 pm

      That’s ok. I hope you get to try some this summer. 🙂 x

  6. August 8, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Love the paint lollipops! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  7. August 9, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Brilliant ideas for summer thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

  8. Jenny Eaves
    August 10, 2015 / 7:59 am

    Great ideas! We made the lollipops too and they have been great fun! 🙂 x

    • August 10, 2015 / 6:23 pm

      Ice paint is such a strange feeling isn’t it! Evie’s grown into a big fan of this type of messy play now. I’m glad your boys enjoyed them too. xx

  9. August 11, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Great round up 🙂 I think that Monkey would probably enjoy the ice cubes the best! xx #ToddlerApprovedTuesdays

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      They were so pretty in the water. My photos do not do them swirling about justice. I’d recommend more dominant colours though, the greens and yellows weren’t great. 🙂 x

  10. August 12, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    A great list, some real easy ideas here. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much. Thank you for hosting too! 🙂 x

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