Little ones learn with their whole bodies. Sensory activities (such as these ones focusing on the sense of touch) are a very important part of that whole body learning.
Sensory play exposes children to many new experiences, textures, and materials. It is calming for many children and also presents children with lots of new language that they might not otherwise experience – rough, smooth, clumpy, brittle …
Sensory play strengthens little hands and builds fine motor skills too — so let’s get playing!!
Rainbow Pasta Sensory Play from Still Playing School – Invite your toddlers to explore a tactile rainbow bin! They can touch, squish, and manipulate to their hearts’ content.
Soapy Sensory Jars from Hands On As We Grow – Let the little ones explore soapy water without all the mess. These jars are sure to capture toddlers’ attention for quite some time.
Star Box from Where Imagination Grows – Babies and toddlers (and older kids, too!) will have a blast using their sense of sight with this star box. Love that it just uses two materials, too!
Duck Pond Sensory Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning – Who doesn’t love rubber ducks? Add them to a pond sensory bin for the kids.
Water Bead Sensory Bag from Sugar Aunts – Water beads are an amazing sensory experience for kids. Turn them into a sensory bag for those younger children who may still put things in their mouths.
Wash the Muddy Farm Animals from The Imagination Tree – Children can get the farm animals all dirty (with taste-safe “mud”), and then they can go back and wash the animals clean.
Toddler-Safe Play Sand from Fun-A-Day – Whip up a batch of this “sand” any time of the year. Add toddler-safe sand toys to the mix for sensory exploration.
Colored Ice Sensory Play from Learn Play Imagine – This colored ice can be put in a pool outside during hot weather, but it would do just as well in a sink or sensory bin inside. Explore the concept of “cold” with toddlers using this activity.
DIY Rainstick Musical Sensory Bottle from Rhythms of Play – Toddlers can help put this musical sensory bottle together. Once it’s assembled, they can explore their sense of hearing with it.
Sticky Sensory Art Project from Hands On As We Grow – Kids can create their own sensory art with a few various materials. The sticky paper, on its own, provides for a lot of sensory fun for the toddlers.
DIY Sensory Boards for Babies and Toddlers from Fun at Home with Kids – Put together sensory boards to engage your toddlers’ interests in exploring their senses.
Rainbow Glitter Jars from Fun-A-Day – These colorful glitter jars will capture the kids’ attentions! Use plastic jars or bottles, glue the tops down, and then let the children shake and observe.
Easy Paper Sensory Activity from TinkerLab – Paper and water are all that you need to create this sensory activity for toddlers.
Circle Themed Toddler Sensory Play from Lemon Lime Adventures – Make a sensory bin all about shapes – in this case, all about circles. Let the children explore circles and spheres of various textures and sizes.
Peek-A-Boo Sensory Board from Motherhood and Other Adventures – What a fun way to explore textures, especially since young children love to open and close things!
Neon Taste Safe Finger Paints from I Heart Arts ‘N Crafts – Painting with their hands is a great sensory activities. These paints are perfect for those little ones who still put things in their mouths.
Exploring Herbs Outside from Happy Hooligans – Grab some water and some herbs for the kids. They can explore their senses of sight, touch, and smell inside or outside with this activity.
Sensory Blocks from Red Ted Art – Add new textures to the kids’ block building with these sensory blocks. You can use items that you already have on-hand to make them, too.
Bubble Wrap Road from Sunny Day Family – Add sensory play to the favorite activity of driving toy cars around the house.
Sensory Steps from Living Creatively – Let your toddlers’ feet do some sensory exploration with these DIY steps. I bet older kids would love using them for a game of hopscotch, too.
I hope you found a sensory activity or two just right for you and yours.
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