I often associate sensory activities to toddlers because it’s all about exploring with your senses and not following direction or learning a specific curriculum.
When I think of sensory activities, I can’t help but think of ooey, gooey, slimy stuff to put through your fingers. But there’s more to the senses then just touch. Sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.
While most sensory activities I see are usually touch-related, I did find a couple of others as well that focus on sight and smell on It’s Playtime last week.
Below are 6 sensory play ideas for toddlers, you can also browse these other collections of sensory activities for toddlers:
- 15 Sensory Activities from Hands on Moms
- 25 Sensory Activities for Kids
- Several sensory activities in the list of 50 Activities Just for Your Toddler
These sensory activities are great for toddler exploration!
6 Sensory Activities for Toddlers
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- Water is one of the most basic sensory activities! Reading Confetti does a tin foil river and mini ice boats!
- Create With Your Hands also explore with their hands in shaving cream, a classic sensory activity, and makes shaving cream prints!
- Moon Sprig plays with peppermint and explores with their sense of smell and potentially taste!
- Play Through the Day is playing their way through the seasons with these autumn sensory bottles that work well for I spy and their sense of sight.
- A treasure hunt in the sand from Little Bins for Little Hands. A sensory activity that toddlers will love to dig their way through!
- Check out this spaghetti painting. Normally I see spaghetti painting with splatting and throwing of spaghetti. But this one, from Kids Play Box, the spaghetti is made into paintbrushes for the ultimate sensory experience!
Toddlers also tend to put things in their mouth still. If you have a ‘mouther’, here are 34 sensory activities that are also edible so its okay if they put it in their mouth.
Let me know! What sensory material do you like to use with your toddler?