Flour Play Sensory Activity for Toddlers

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A wonderful go-to busy activity, not to mention sensory activity for toddlers, is to set out a tray for flour play!

I set out a jelly roll pan with a layer of flour spread along the bottom.

Be sure to only add as much flour as you want to clean up, because it is guaranteed to spread… [but wait, don’t get discouraged, check out these 10 tips to keep messy play clean, plus we had fun with our clean up, read on!]

I intended for this to be practice for drawing and writing with his fingers in the flour. However, Henry only made a circle and that was the extent of that. Oh well.

Flour Play Sensory Activity for Toddlers

Henry soon got his backhoe, loader, semi and went to town plowing ‘snow’ and clearing the path.

Its like an indoor sandbox!

Flour play as a sensory activity for toddlers

This provided the entertainment for the entire morning. Even through Grandma visiting.

I’m not sure which was more fun though… the plowing… or the cleanup.

cleaning-up-the-messCheck out these 10 tips for cleaning up after you’ve made a mess with such a fun activity like this!

A sensory activity for toddlers -- flour play!

Sucking up the flour with the vacuum showed instant gratification. It’s always nice to see that it actually makes a difference when you’re cleaning.

FYI : I did set a sheet down under Henry, although flour still got everywhere – but it’s easily cleaned up.

Other fun simple no setup sensory activities for toddlers like this flour play:

Henry was 2.5 years old.


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  1. Muma Paparazzi says

    Fantastic! I love how the aim of the set up got changed to a pile of snow…priceless!
    Definatley one we'll be trying here at our place…i might just start with the cars in it ;)

  2. An Amazing Child says

    Flour is such a wonderful sensory experience. And aren't boys funny, my little man always, always ends up driving his cars and trucks through all our sensory activities. I wonder what girls would do?

    I do really love how you got the vacuum cleaner out though. J is obsessed with the vacuum cleaner at the moment and so I am absolutely going to get it out for him next time. Thanks.

  3. Krissy @ B.Inspired Vintage says

    I've been meaning to try the flour with my kids to encourage their writing skills, but I just know the trucks and construction equipment will be in it! My little guy already has a little indoor sand box for that. But I bet they would love to vacuum it. Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Cate says

    I was sitting here cringing at the mess of the flour – I was imagining it *everywhere*. But I have never thought of getting them involved in the vaccuuming…what a brilliant idea :-)
    thanks for sharing!!

    visiting from childhood101

  5. gayle m. says

    I just saw this a week or so ago and tried it! What a hit! My 2 daughters were making cakes so i whipped out the jelly roll and the flour was right there waiting for us! LOL My grandson (2.5) had a blast! We plowed and “flew” planes through the clouds, and got trucks stuck in the snow! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Claire says

    Such a brilliant idea to bring in the vaccum cleaner!!! I’ve always just battled to wipe the flour up. Definitely going to use it next time.Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas<3

  7. Mali says

    My son is exploring some flour right now and he is having a blast. I was about to bake some bread and he insisted on “helping”. I had to find an activity for him and came across this site by accident. You just gave me a great way to bake and keep him entertained while feeling as if he is helping. Thank you.

  8. Danielle says

    If you add a little cooking or baby oil to the flour it is so much more fun to play with cuz it still can be lose but if pressed together you can play different stuff with it eg have cookie cutters and can make sand castles. I prefer it with oil :-)

  9. says

    Flour is such a wonderful sensory experience – in its various forms! One way to cut down the mess is to move it to the bathroom. I do a lot of sensory play and exploration as well as painting with stuff like shaving foam, jello, paint made with flour, etc in the bathroom. It contains the mess (i have 3 boys all under 3 yrs) and makes cleanup pretty simple too. And i land up using their plastic bath tub for a lot of the stuff as it is about 8 inches deep and about 3 feet long. In fact, this weekend, the boys were deeply engrossed playing with flour, home made playdough and plastic measuring cups. I asked them what they were making and my 2 year proudly announced: A Mess!

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