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!
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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:
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