Toddlers are at the prime age where anything and everything sensory really catches their attention. They are at a very tactile age, so they want to touch, feel and even mouth everything in sight. In this post, we show you ideas that will inspire you to present some of these sensory toddler activities in safe and educational ways.
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Sensory Toddler Activities
Let kids play with soap suds and blocks in this sensory activity. Allow kids to explore the suds and find the blocks in the soapy mixture.
For a low mess sensory activity, try this ocean in a bag sensory activity. All you’ll need is a blue gel to squeeze into a small bag, and then you can add small sensory objects, like beads or small toys that are easy to clean up.
Get your toddler digging with this button excavating sensory play. You’ll need corn meal and some buttons as toddlers search for buttons.
No actual play dough required, combine shaving cream with corn starch and some colorful food coloring for this fluffy sensory play.
Practice basic color sorting with two sets of different colored buttons. This activity helps build color recognition, sensory skills, and fine motor skills.
In this post, we will share some heart activities for kids that we love, especially, this lovely sensory bin that is perfect for Valentine’s Day or for anytime.
With only 2 ingredients that come from the kitchen, this sensory play recipe is super easy to put together, great for toddlers and kids of all ages, and goes with tons of themes.
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Keep Toddlers Busy
Combine early literacy with sensory play in this alphabet-themed toddler activity.
For an auditory sensory activity, try this Humpty Dumpty themed activity. There’s two ways to do this activity, making it convenient for whichever works best for your family.
Water beads are squishy and fun, but can be messy. To make this activity less messy but no less fun, put the beads in a heavy-duty bag, and let your toddler play away!
Learn about aquatic animals with a water bottle. Create a mini aquarium, with water, blue food coloring and small sensory toys, and put them into a bottle.
You’ll need some small pebble rocks and some plastic construction toys for this basic construction sensory bin. For those learning the alphabet, you can also add some small alphabet rocks, to add a touch of literacy.
These monster themed sensory activities allow them to do just that while also meeting their sensory needs.
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More Hands-on Fun
Sandpaper has a unique, scratchy texture, making it extra fun for toddlers. Instead of regular paper, have toddlers color on sand paper for new, fun results!
Explore the different kinds of weather with these creative sensory bottles for toddlers. You will learn about five common types of weather: sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, and snowy.
If you have a shredder in your house, chances are you have lots of shredded paper. And, with it being so simple, it’s practically free.
Use some alphabet beads for this sensory bin inspired by the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
For toddlers, you can tape the bag onto a table to make it easier for them to move the sharks around.
We combined two ingredients from our pantry and came up with a wonderful recipe that smells and even tastes good (although it’s not made for eating, it wont hurt if you try a little).
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