If you have young children, you may have already seen their natural love for sensory play!
At your house, sensory play might look like:
- getting messy with food
- splashing water in the bathtub
- digging in the dirt outside
In this sensory play series, we cover:
The good news for parents is this: sensory play doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive! In fact, you can set up a simple sensory experience in three easy steps.
- Get a large container, a small bin, a wading pool, or a water table. Decide if you want to play inside or outside. (If you’re inside, put down a large sheet first to make clean-up a breeze!)
- Choose a filler. We reuse our food materials for many years, but there are a lot of non-food options as well.
- Add some accessories and let your children get to work!
We have slowly added to our sensory bin accessories over the years. Here are a few of our recommended items!
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- IKEA has many wonderful materials: colorful bowls, metal cookware and utensils
- You can recycle many tools from your kitchen: empty jars, funnels, measuring cups, ice cube trays, creamers, muffin tins
- Dollar stores often have small containers with screw-top and flip-top lids
- You can add in tools and toys, like these:
Fine motor tools, such as tongs, scoops, and droppers
Stacking cups (our favorites are from Discovery Toys)
Small animals and wooden people figurines
Be sure to follow our Sensory Play board on Pinterest!
Do you have a child who likes to get messy? Bring the fun inside with a simple sensory bin!