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Auditory Processing Backyard Sensory Activities

These auditory backyard activities are a variety of sensory activities that can be used as tools for addressing auditory sensory processing needs at home. In fact, the backyard is the perfect place to work on sensory needs!


Auditory processing sensory ideas for backyard summer sensory play, perfect for sensory diet ideas for kids.




Auditory Processing Backyard Sensory Activities


Try these auditory processing ideas this summer:
  • Neighborhood Listening Scavenger Hunt-  Notice the sounds in the neighborhood.  Ask your child to locate or name the origin of the sounds as they walk around the neighborhood.  If the sound is too far away, ask them to name the origin.  During this activity, they need to discriminate between sounds.
  • Auditory Hide and Seek-  Play a game of hide and seek with sounds.  They child that is searching for kids can make a call and each hider responds with their own sound.  The person who is looking for others can determine who is making the sounds they hear and locate each child one at a time.
  • Listening Tag-  Play a game of tag in the backyard as children race to tag one another.  When the person who is "it" comes near another person, they can tag a person unless the runner sits on the ground and makes a noise.  When the child sits, they are on "base" and safe from being tagged. They can stand up again when the child who is "it" makes the same noise.  
  • Noisy Toy Positioning Game- Use a squeaky toy or bike horn in this noisy toy game.  Have one child hide with the toy and make it squeak.  The person who is looking for the toy needs to describe where the toy is hidden by using descriptive words like "over", "under", and "left".

More auditory processing tools and ideas for sensory play in the backyard this summer:

  • Bell parade
  • Kazoo sound hunt
  • Listening for birds or animals
  • Record backyard sounds and play back the recording. Try to recognize and name the sound and where it was located in the yard.
  • Fill containers with items from the backyard.  Shake plastic containers or even paper bags with the items and see if your child can name the objects.
  • Play Marco Polo in the yard!

Looking for more backyard sensory ideas for summer?  

The Summer Sensory Activity Guide is the place to find everything you need for a summer of sensory input.  Use the sensory activities described in the booklet as a guide to meet the individual needs of your child.  The activities are not a substitute for therapy.  Rather, they are sensory-based summer activities that are designed to address each sensory system through summer play.  Activities are described to involve the whole family.  Check out the Summer Sensory Activity Guide today!

Related read: Try these activities for auditory learners.

Auditory processing sensory ideas for backyard summer sensory play, perfect for sensory diet ideas for kids.

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