There are many things we love about sensory play, including how it allows toddlers to explore new textures and new materials. In most cases, it’s really easy to set up sensory activity and many of them are safe for kids who still place everything in their mouth. You can use sensory bins to add a bit of fine motor practice to child’s play, or simply allow them to be messy.
Depending on the time you have available for preparations, sensory play can be extremely simple or extremely complex. Furthermore, kids will love exploring same sensory bin, bottle or bag for several days in a row and you should always keep it available and don’t rush to put everything back to place. You will be surprised how their play evolves and changes every time they pick up the same sensory material.
In last couple months, we played through the alphabet with sensory play and here are all the ideas we came up with:
Add an extra sensory dimension to a Rice Bin when you add the scent of apple to it.
Pour bird seed into a sensory bin and add in a selection of fine motor tools to scoop, pour and mix it all up.
Explore the different textures of a corn husk in this Corn Sensory Play.
Stomp and eat through this edible Dinosaur Chocolate Mud Sensory Bin.
Do you love googly eyes? I bet you haven’t tried adding them to ice before?
A fun Farm filled sensory bin filled with lots of hidden learning tools.
Create and out of this world sensory experience for your little Space fans with our Galaxy Sensory Bin.
Filling a Sensory bin with Hair Rollers provides a lovely tactile sensory experience for you child to explore and build with.
Our Ice Hand Sensory Bin is perfect for some chilly spooky sensory fun.
You might not like the sound of it, but your kids will love getting their hands stuck into this Jelly Brain Sensory Bin.
Bring the beach indoors and explore the free flowing yet mouldable texture of Kinetic Sand.
Colored rice and jigsaw puzzle letters are all you need to work on Letter Recognition in this Sensory Bin.
Head up to the bathroom to mix up this Clean Mud Sensory Bin.
Hunt through your DIY supplies to find lots of different Nuts and Bolts to empty into this Sensory bin.
Simply pour Oats into this Sensory bin along with a few kitchen essentials for scooping and pouring.
Pegs come in all shapes and sizes, learn how to add color to them and use them in a fun fine motor Peg Sensory Bin.
Q-tips are perfectly formed to help work on fine motor skills. Have fun poking them through anything with holes in that you can find in your kitchen.
Add tin foil and light cubes to a sensory bin to explore reflections in the dark.
Our Shaving Foam Color Mixing Bag is the perfect way to allow kids who are reluctant to get messy to explore shaving foam and paint.
Enjoy some quiet time with a Transport Calm Down Bottle.
Turn your umbrella into a sensory tool in this colourful Under the Umbrella Sensory Play.
Get kids excited about vegetables in this hands on Vegetable Sensory Bin (this will even help with dinner preparations!)
All you need to do for this Water Sensory Play is fill a container with water and raid your kitchen for interesting tools to add.
Q-tips and black play dough make a great combination to make and learn about X-rays with your kids.
Work on scissor skills and explore the soft texture of Yarn in this fun Yarn Minion Sensory Bin.
When you are not feeling great and need a break from entertaining your kids this is the kind of activity you need. Set up our Zero Sensory Bin which has Zero Set up and is filled with little Zero shaped multigrain hoop cereal.
Nicola is a former Librarian who now spends her time looking after and coming up with arts and crafts ideas for her sons Liam (7), Freddie (5), and Bella (3) to do together.