The significant advantages of sensory play for brain development that I previously discussed go beyond merely the importance of these activities for infants and toddlers. Sensory play is beneficial for kids of all ages. In addition to having a favorable effect on the brain, sensory play helps children improve their fine and gross motor skills, reasoning abilities, and stress-relieving abilities.
I particularly enjoy sensory game activities since they are easy to set up and typically only require a small number of objects you already have at home. Yes, some sensory game activities can be messy, but you can usually reduce the mess by taking a few easy steps to constrict your child’s play area.
Consider putting up the activity as a sensory bin, where it is confined within a sizable plastic tub or bin; setting it up on a mess mat on the floor (we’ve even used a tiny blow-up pool as a rice play pit); or moving it outside, where the mess won’t matter as much. Before you start, have cleaning supplies on hand, such as a dustpan and brush or wet wipes, to make cleanup easier.
I’m going to give you 31 ideas for sensory play today. These activities are excellent for after school or for days spent at home. Though they naturally include all five senses, I’ve organized the concepts based on which one is the major emphasis of the exercise. To experience a different kind of sensory activity every day, you can either explore the list in sequence or mix up the days. Enjoy!
Sensory Play Ideas for Touch
- The Imagination Tree’s Frozen Dinosaur Eggs are a fantastic sensory game for youngsters who love dinosaurs.
- Sensory Game with Textured Balloons from Little Bins for Little Hands: Even those who shy away from touch will enjoy experiencing this squeezy, squelchy sensory experience.
- Fantastic Fun and Learning’s Beach Sensory Play is a fantastic summer-themed outdoor sensory tub, perfect for days when you’d rather be at the beach.
- Farm Sensory game from Frugal Fun and Learning: Check out this really basic sensory game with a farm theme for a straightforward exercise for young children.
- Slime Recipe: Making slime is a fantastic “touch” activity.
- Fun and Frosty Snow Slime: Make some (very!) fantastic snow-like slime with this great guide. It’s certain to be popular!
- Bubble Bin Sensory Game from No Time for Flashcards: The ideal, straightforward, and enjoyable sensory activity for kids!
- Learning 4 Kids’ “Digging for Worms” Sensory Game: Check out this fun sensory activity with a creepy-crawly theme that is ideal for developing sensory and motor skills.
- Silly Putty Recipe: Give this fantastic recipe a shot; it’s guaranteed to be a success!
- Learn Play Imagine rainbow slime is a fantastic way for kids to experiment with sensory game.
- Sparkling Flower Water Play: With your children, create this adorable fairy realm for the ideal enchanted sensory exercise.
Ideas for Sensory Play for Sight
- Pickle bum Shaving Cream and Bubble Wrap Play: Check out this easy shaving foam and bubble wrap game that is sure to amuse kids!
- Fizzy Cloud Dough from Powerful Mothering: This fizzy cloud dough recipe is ideal for sensory game and science experiments at the same time!
- You Clever Monkey’s I Spy Sensory Game: Check out this I Spy game with free printable I Spy cards, which is great for both sensory play and learning.
- Slow Motion Sensory Bottle: Make this fun sensory bottle for kids or for yourself when you need a moment of tranquility.
- Try your hand at constructing this quick and simple mermaid sensory board from Homegrown Friends; it’s wonderful for hours of fun and sensory game.
- Parenting Chaos’s water bead sensory window bags are excellent for mess-free sensory play and are quite enjoyable.
- Rainbow Chickpeas from And Next Comes L: Check out this awesome guide for sensory game with vibrant chickpeas!
- Exploring Magnet Sensory Play from And Then There Were None Making this magnet sensory bin is an excellent way to get youngsters interested in science.
Activities for Smell Play
- Scented Sensory Bottle: This fantastic sensory bottle blends sound, sight, and fragrance for a really relaxing sensory experience.
- Rosemary Rice Sensory Tub: Construct this wonderful rice sensory tub with a rosemary smell for easy, relaxing sensory play.
- The lavender sensory rice from The Imagination Tree is the ideal multi-sensory play concept because it is wonderful to touch, smells fantastic, and looks lovely.
- Try this fun sensory science project that bubbles and fizzes: Scented Rainbow Sensory Science from Fun-A-Day.
- Make some of this fantastic handmade play dough for a wonderful tactile experience that combines touch and fragrance.
- Scented Snowflake Soup Sensory Play from And Next Comes L: Create this easy sensory tub with a winter theme to help with fine motor skill development.
Sound-Sensory Play Ideas
- Don’t Ring the Bells: Try your hand at building this enjoyable outdoor obstacle course for a festive sensory and exercise activity.
- Rain stick Sensory Bottle
- Exploring Sound Treasure Baskets: Make this fantastic sound treasure basket for children who enjoy investigating sound.
Taste-Safe Sensory Play Ideas
- Stuck in the Mud Sensory Activity from Simply Learning: For some easy, messy fun, try making this great mud-themed sensory game activity!
- Edible Glitter Finger Paint: Make this sticky, squishy, edible glitter finger paint for kids who can’t help but eat everything!
- Sugar, Spice, and Glitter’s Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough: Check out this amazing-smelling, three-ingredient cloud dough! undoubtedly a hit!
Let’s start some activities to help your kids’ sensory play development!