4 Summer Sensory Play Ideas + How We Stay Protected in the Sun

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Disclosure: I have received information and materials from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2018. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias 

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. Now that we're spending more time outside, its crucial that for both of us to be protected from the sun's rays. Today I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected while out in the harsh summer sun!

Of course before heading outside we made a pit stop at our local CVS to pick up a couple of sunny day essentials, including Aveeno sunscreen located in the skincare aisle! My favorite to use on McKenna's delicate skin is the Aveeno® Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50. Since it's free of all parabens, phthalates, dyes, fragrances, and chemical sunscreen ingredients, I know McKenna's skin is protected from the sun AND harsh chemicals. For myself, I grabbed the Aveeno® Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for Face. I have oily skin with pores that clog easily, so I love that it's oil-free and noncomedogenic!


There are tons of different ways to make moon sand, but I went with a taste-safe method of vegetable oil and flour. You just need 1/4 cup oil (any kind you have on hand will do) for every 2 cups of flour. Mix well and store in an airtight container when not in use. Add in a few digging toys and it's almost like being at the beach!

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities
As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

I've been looking for a way to introduce McKenna to finger painting without using chemical-laden paints. This edible finger paint uses plain Greek yogurt and food coloring. Mix a couple spoonfuls of yogurt and a 4-5 drops of food coloring (I used small containers to keep each color separate) until you cannot see anymore white and you're all set to make masterpieces with your mini Picasso. Good thing this finger paint is edible because McKenna instantly dipped her fingers in and ate a handful!

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

These colored ice cubes are another great way to get your kiddo started with coloring and it's probably the easiest DIY sensory project in the world. All you need is food coloring and water! Add to ice cube trays and freeze for an easy, brain stimulating way to beat the heat. 

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

Last, but not least, is a gelatin dig.  There are numerous ways to do this, but all you need is gelatin dessert mix and a few toys. Make the gelatin mix according to the package and pour into the container of your choice. Add in scatter toys through the mixture and let it cool completely in the fridge. McKenna LOVES this activity because she can make the biggest mess and eat it, too!

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities
As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

I set up all 4 of these activities on an old photo canvas backdrop and we spend a couple hours outside on our back patio. Before we move to the next activity I make sure to reapply our Aveeno sunscreens. What I love about the Aveeno® Baby Continuous Protection is that it's formulated with naturally sourced 100% Zinc Oxide to protect from the sun and Active Naturals Oat to help lock in moisture and soothe McKenna's skin. The lightweight formula isn't sticky which is perfect because these activities are messy enough on their own!

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

I've started adding a sunscreen to my daily skincare routine and Aveeno® Protect + Hydrate for Face is a must-have! It is formulated with skin soothing Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal, which hydrates skin and leaves it smooth, soft, and feeling healthier than before sun exposure. This mama sweats a lot and this sunscreen is water and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes!

As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

I hope you and your baby enjoy these sensory activities as much as McKenna and I did! Be sure to check out Aveeno sunscreens here so you and your family can be protected from the sun all summer long! If you have any sensory play ideas that you and your baby enjoy, please leave them in the comments below!

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As a kid I remember spending tons of time outdoors during the summer. There's plenty of activities we can do inside to stimulate her mind, but I want McKenna to enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air. I'm sharing 4 super simple summer baby sensory activities and how we keep our skin protected from the harsh summer sun! #SunnyMoments #CollectiveBias @Aveenous @cvspharmacy #CVSBeauty #babysensoryplay #sensoryplay #summerbabyactivities

1 comment:

  1. LOVE Aveeno Baby! My little red-headed boy has never been burnt and we live outside in the summer!

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