Sensory activities are almost always a no-fail activity.

This is the purest sense of exploratory learning. It offers your toddlers the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and they feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing. Try our picks of these fun sensory activities.

1. Dry Pasta Noodles

Pasta noodles make for a great sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers to explore with their sense or touch and even sound.

Prepare a tub of macaroni noodles along with several items to play with:

  • Macaroni (or other small dry pasta)
  • Bottles with lids (several sizes would be great!)
  • Measuring cups and scoops

Set them out on a blanket, or a plastic shower curtain, to help contain the mess after the activities. This not only makes it easier for clean up but it also sets boundaries for the kids to keep the pasta in an area.

2. Soapy Jars
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These sensory jars are super simple to make.

  1. Fill a peanut butter jar (or other large plastic jar) half-way with water.
  2. Add food coloring of your choice.
  3. Add some dish soap. Lots if you want to have lots of bubbles!
  4. Add glitter in too if you’d like some sparkles.
  5. Put on the lid. You can seal the lid with glue if you’re worried about kids opening it up, or it leaking.
3. Rice And Ice

Rice and coloured ice sensory activity is a fun activity that provides an opportunity to explore scientific concepts such as absorption and solids and liquids, learn about primary colour mixing, and it’s perfect way to cool down when it’s hot outside.

You will need the below for setting up this fun activities with your toddlers:

  1. Two ice cube tray.
  2. Yellow and blue food colouring.
  3. Water.
  4. Large tub.
  5. 1 cup of dry uncooked rice.
4. Alphabet Ice And Shaving Cream

Alphabet Ice and Shaving Cream is a fun-filled, messy sensory play activity that children can explore their senses and learn about alphabet letters in an open-ended, unstructured way.

This is a great activity to arouse interest and curiosity not only in the beginning but also as the activity progresses and develops. Moreover, as the ice begins to melt, the shaving cream changes colour and consistency creating another element to the sensory experience.

You will need the below for setting up this fun activities with your toddlers:

  1. An alphabet ice mold tray.
  2. Water.
  3. Food colouring and shaving cream.
  4. A large tray or tub to set up the invitation to play.
5. Water Balloon

Sensory play with the water balloons is a great opportunity for kids to explore and use descriptive words, describing their senses and what they were feeling; slippery, slimy, soft, squishy and heavy.

Materials for Water Balloon Sensory Bin

  • Colorful balloons.
  • Shoe box sized storage bin.
  • Water.
  • Empty bowl (optional).
6. Edible Finger Paint

Here’s what you need for an easy recipe for making edible finger paint:

  1. Pour 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup of flour into a pan.
  2. Gradually add 3 cups of boiling water to the mix.
  3. Stir over heat until it boils.
  4. Take off the heat and let it cool.
  5. Then divide the mixture into bowls and add food coloring.

Off you go to let your toddler explore and start to play!

Sources: Hands On As We Grow, Learning 4 Kids, Simple Fun For Kids, Teaching Mama.

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