25 Sensory Activities for Kids

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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!

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:

Sensory Activity: Dry Pasta Noodles Corn Meal Sensory Activity for Toddlers
Dry Pasta Corn Meal
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 Cloud Dough Play Dough
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Happy Birthday Sensory Tub  Treasure Box
2012-05-17_7154 Toddler Sensory Activity: Dish Soap Foam
Bubbles  Dish Soap Foam
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Cooked Spaghetti  Squishy Gel Bag
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Corn Kernals  Tissue Paper Bag
Gross motor activity Fabric free play 07+Activities1[1]
Fabric  Ice Excavation
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Baby Food  Flour Piping
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Soapy Jars  Ice Cubes
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 Wet Newspaper

Sensory Exploration while Creating:

IMG_3825[1] Sponge Art Painting for Toddlers
Salt Painting  Sponge Painting
Shaving Cream Sensory Activity for Toddlers 2012-02-24_50891[1]
Shaving Cream Painting  Sand Art
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Finger Painting  Frozen Paint

 

What’s your child’s favorite material for sensory exploration?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I agree with you . . . when all else fails, bring out the sensory play! My guy loves so many different sensory items, but he always comes back to just plain old water. Even when we use different materials, like shaving cream or oats, he always ends up adding water to the play. Thanks, as always, for sharing such fun ideas for the kiddos. :)

  2. katepickle says

    I am so with you on this… sensory play calms the savage beasts in our house!
    thanks for such a fab list of resources!

  3. Mandy says

    If you live in the right region, putting a tub of snow on a big towel on the floor is a great thing for little ones to have fun with too. The snow doesn’t melt as fast as one would think it would.

  4. says

    It doesn’t show how to make any of these things. I’m starting a job as a nanny, and I came upon this site. I thought-what a great thing. But, then it doesn’t give me the ingredients I need to make any of them.

  5. Taylor Martinez says

    I really love this website and it has really helpful ideas for anyone who is working with two’s.

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