List of Sensory Play Activities
WHY MESSY-SENSORY PLAY IS IMPORTANT? Messy play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning. Play helps children to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration. Also how to work cooperatively and collaboratively, use all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve and experiment with solutions. Old Mac Donald had a Farm Hide & Seek Sensory Tub involves hiding all the plastic farm animals and characters in the rice and split peas mixture. Then using the mini tongs, searching through the mixture to find and catch each of the farm animals. This is all done while singing Old Mac Donald had a farm. Read more… Playing with Gloopy Gloop: If you haven’t made Gloop yet, then this is a must for any toddler or child to try. It is super fun and super messy, I am not sure who had the most fun, me or the kids!! Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture to explore and play with. Read more….. Soapy Slime FUN: This activity was FUN, REALLY FUN!! Kids love to get messy, it comes with being a kid as they explore their natural curiosity about the world around them. Read more….. Rainbow Sensory Rice Bags: Bright, colourful, no mess and fun – sensory play with rainbow coloured rice in zip lock bags. Read more….. Yellow Theme Balloons and Bottle Tops: Having some sensory fun and learning the colour yellow in the bath with yellow water balloons, yellow bottle tops and yellow bath water. Read more….. Blue Theme Sensory Tub: Having some fun in a sensory tub filled with blue rice and blue pompoms! Miss 22months loves sensory tubs and loves to run her fingers through the rice and pompoms and sprinkling them like it is rain. Read more….. Easter Theme Sensory Play Table: The sensory table became a bit of a factory with sorting, making, moving, creating, role playing, pretending and games. Read more….. Fluffy Snow: Making Fluffy Snow using soap flakes is a fun and messy sensory play activity. It is a great way to incorporate a bit of a Christmas theme, well sort of, here in Australia Christmas is celebrated in summer, far from any snow. But it is fun, encourages lots of learning and that is what it is all about. Read more….. Sensory Water Balloon Bath Fun: A fun sensory play experience for kids in the bath tub by adding balloons filled with water. Read more….. Strawberry Scented Rice: Exploring and playing with strawberry scented rice with all kinds of scoops, shovels and sifts. Read more….. Back Yard Water Park: You will find lots of fun sensory play ideas in our Back Yard Water Park. There is soapy lime, shaving cream, bubbles, water balloons and so much more. Read more….. Rainbow Rice and Bottle Tops: Using Rainbow Rice and Bottle Tops to create an open-ended, unstructured activity and see what the kids create while playing with these props. Read more….. Sensory Play with Jelly: Ooey, gooey, slushy and messy! A fun sensory experience playing with Rainbow Jelly. Read more….. Sensory Play with Sand: Sand is a toy! The less a toy does the more a child will learn! Sand is such a great sensory toy for kids as they explore their sense of touch and play and discover the wonderful texture of sand! Read more….. What is Hiding in Our Jelly? Since our first play experience with jelly, my kids have been asking if we could do it again. This time I hid some items in the jelly for them to squeeze and squish through to find. Read more….. Ice Boats: Water and ice are great for sensory play with kids as it engages children into a world of exploration and wonder. To make our water and ice sensory play experience a little more fun we turned the ice blocks into boats with a few simple materials. Read more….. Sensory Play with Buttons: Kids love to run their hands through buttons, sort through them and explore the differences. Buttons are a great sensory toy and are also great to assist in learning about colours. Read more….. Sensory Alphabet Hunt: Making learning your alphabet fun by searching for alphabet letters in a sensory tub with strawberry scented and pink coloured rice. This sensory play activity is a great game to motivate kids to learn their alphabet. Read more….. Christmas Theme Sensory Table: Christmas is an exciting time; it is also a time when we pull out all our Christmas decorations. There are lots of great sensory toys to explore with Christmas decorations, so I set up a sensory play table using several Christmas decorative items. Read more….. Bottle Tops & Bubbles: A simple unstructured and fun sensory play idea using water, bubbles and bottle tops. It was wonderful to see the creativity, imagination and fun happen just by adding bottle tops and bubble bath to the tub. Read more….. Milk Numbers: We made these milk numbers by mixing milk and vinegar together. It is an interesting science experiment to try with the kids with some very surprising result. Read more….. Ice World: Ice World is a sensory activity for toddlers and pre-school children involving playing with ice, water and sea theme props. Read more….. Play Dough is also a wonderful sensory tool to play with. We have tons of ideas of ways to play with play dough with different scents and textured play douh recipes too. Read more….. This page is continually being updated, please pop back for more ‘Sensory Activities and Play Ideas for kids!