The Ultimate Sensory Play Guide

The Ultimate Sensory Play Guide


Unless you’ve been living in a cave for a few years you’ve already heard that sensory play is mandatory. If you don’t do it, your kids will never go to college and might even sue you for negligence when they grow up. What’s sensory play?  It’s all the fun learning activities that engage senses. There are so many ideas out there, your mind might explode just from thinking too much about it.  The problem is never a lack of ideas, but the lack of time. 

Our favorite sensory play ideas for different ages.


Do you find that it’s hard to find time for sensory play? You are not alone. What usually happens is that when you find yourself with a block of time when a sensory play is possible, you start by sitting down in front of the computer and visiting Pinterest. You click on one idea and find that you don’t have the necessary ingredients. You go to another and realize that you’ve already done it in the past and nobody liked it. The third idea is lame and the fourth one looks nice but leads to a dead blog. 


The next thing you know the baby is up, everyone is hungry, and it’s time to go for a walk.  Do you know what would help? Having 1,000+ Sensory Play Activities all in one place. You are welcome! 


The Best of the Best on the Web

25 Sensory Play Activities from Hands On As We Grow
15 Food Sensory Bins from The Jenny Evolution
23 Learning Sensory Play from Learning 4 Kids
18 Insanely Awesome Sensory Activities collected by Play Ideas
100+ Sensory Activities on Kids Activities Blog




Toddler Approved Sensory Play

15 Toddler Sensory Play Ideas on Lemon Lime Adventures
10 Sensory Activities for 2-year olds from My Life and Kids
12 Homemade Paint Recipes for Toddlers from Learn Play Imagine
7 Summer Sensory Activities for Toddlers from Famlii


Corn flour Desert Sensory Bin

Things from around the House

31 Days of Sensory Play Ideas from Childhood 101

15 wonderfully messy and creative play activities to do with your kids

8 Child Sensory Projects You Can Do With Household Items

34 Edible Sensory Play Ideas for Kids from Hands On As We Grow



How to Start with Sensory Play

What is Sensory Processing? 

Why Sensory Play is Important? 

Easy Sensory Play Ideas


Most popular in my house

And by popular I mean that it’s easy to set up, easy to clean, we tend to have all that is necessary for it handy and therefore we do it often.

Ooey-Gooey Fun
Homemade Sand
Cornmeal sensory bin
Shaving Cream play
Color Adventure
Snakes in a Jello
Homemade Edible Finger Paint from the Imagination Tree
Homemade Silly Putty from PBS Kids
Ocean Sensory Play Ideas from Fun At Home with Kids


Kitchen spices painting

If you are looking for some visual guide to sensory play check out our Sensory Play Pinterest Board.
Follow Kid Minds’s board Sensory Activities on Pinterest.

Please, let me know in the comments below what are your favorite sensory activities and I will be happy to add them to this page.



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