Sensory activities are almost always a no fail activity. It opens the door for free play. It lets the kids explore a material. And its just fun!
Sensory activities tend to end in a mess at our house. But if you’re not a mess fan, take preventative measures with our 10 tips for keeping messy play clean.
Sometimes, I have a hard time differentiating a sensory activity from any other activity, because really, everything the kids do has to do with their senses, right? Touch especially.
I’m challenging myself in the next few weeks to get the kids to explore with senses other than touch. I’m going to find more activities that intentionally get them to use their sense of sound, taste, sight and smell. I’m kind of excited to really stretch ourselves out of our normal element!
Most of these sensory activities listed are to do with the sense of touch. However, a couple break out of that too. Can you find the ones that explore the other senses?
Enjoy our 25 sensory activities for kids!
I’ve broken our list up into two sections. The first is the majority of our sensory activities and they’re more of a ‘sensory tub’, even though they’re not necessarily always in a tub. They’re set out as an activity to explore a material or some sort.
The second section is the accidental sensory exploration through the creation of something else. I love these the most because there seems to be a purpose for the exploration even though the sensory part is an activity in itself.
Sensory Tubs for Kids:
- Dry Pasta
- Corn Meal
- Cloud Dough
- Play Dough
- Happy Birthday Sensory Tub
- Treasure Box
- Dish Soap Foam
- Cooked Spaghetti
- Squishy Gel Bag
- Corn Kernels
- Tissue Paper Bag
- Ice Excavation
- Baby Food
- Flour Piping
- Soapy Jars
- Ice Cubes
- Wet Newspaper
Sensory Exploration while Creating:
What’s your child’s favorite material for sensory exploration?
5 weekly plans of activities for each one year olds, two year olds, and preschoolers (plus a learning one too!)
The DISCOVER + PLAY eBooks have a combined 10 weekly plans of activities that are perfect for the toddler age. Fun ways to get one and two year olds moving, work on fine motor, do arts and craft projects and have fun as a family! Each weekly plan includes a handy supply list and activities broken down to know exactly what to do in a simple sentence or two.