Sugar Aunts: Backyard Summer Fun with Oral Sensory Processing

Backyard Summer Fun with Oral Sensory Processing

This is such a fun list of Oral Sensory Processing activities that can be done at home right in the backyard this summer.  If you are new to this blog, you should know that I've been putting together monthly Occupational Therapy calendars each month this year.  The monthly activity schedules include OT based therapeutic activities designed to build development through play with a sensory base.  You can grab all of the calendars by joining our email list. 

Today, I'm sharing one part of that list.  These oral sensory processing activities can be done frugally and right in your backyard.  Getting the kids outside to play is important with all of the research out there telling us that kids are not playing outdoors as much as they used to.  These backyard sensory ideas are sure to bring smiles to your kids' faces while sneaking in some sensory input.
Oral sensory processing activities that can be done at home this summer right in the backyard with the whole family, great for self-regulation, sensory input, attention, and focus.



Oral sensory input can help self-regulation in kids as well as improving attention, focus, and adding a calming component to slow down a sensory seeking child.   Try these backyard oral sensory processing activities this summer:

RELATED READ: Animal Cracker Oral Sensory Activity

Oral Sensory Processing with a Summer Backyard Theme


  • Dandelion Race-  Pick several dandelions and place them into two piles.  Kids can race another child to blow all of the seeds from the dandelions one at a time.  Blowing dandelions is a proprioceptive activity that provides calming sensory input through the mouth.
  • Balloon Bin-  Help your child blow up a bunch of balloons and place them into a large bin.  An under the bed storage bin works well for this activity. Once the bin is full of  balloons, spray in a bottle of shaving cream.  Mix the balloons and shaving cream around to coat the balloons.  Ask kids to scrape off the shaving cream with their hands to reveal the color of the balloon. This is a tactile sensory activity as well as an oral sensory activity.
  • Smelly Bubbles- Most kids agree that there is nothing more fun or summery than bubbles.  Try adding a scented component by using scented bubbles.  Blowing bubbles is an oral sensory calming activity for kids.
  • Kazoo Parade- Gather kids from the neighborhood and pass out a bunch of kazoos. Blowing a kazoo is a sensory activity that provides proprioceptive input through the mouth.  This is a calming activity and can be used for self-regulating or improved focus.  
  • Hot and Cold Taste Test- Alternate between hot and cold taste sensations in a taste testing game.  Prepare cold foods like ice cubes, chunks of popsicles, and frozen vegetables alongside a hot foods tray like warm applesauce, warm sun tea, and toasted bread.  Set up a roadside stand for taste testing and create a "most liked" survey.
Oral sensory processing activities that can be done at home this summer right in the backyard with the whole family, great for self-regulation, sensory input, attention, and focus.


Looking for more of these ideas?  Grab your July Occupational Therapy calendar (which has ideas that could be adapted for the whole year!) for more sensory activities including the proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile, auditory processing, gustatory, and kinesthetic senses. 

More oral sensory activities you will love for addressing self-regulation, focus, attention, coping, and sensory input needs: 


Animal Cracker Oral Sensory Activity

Plastic egg Boats

Oral Motor Road Trip Sensory Breaks

Easter Bunny Oral Processing Activity

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