20 Sensory Play Activities and Ideas for babies and Toddlers to Encourage Hands on Learning, Stimulate Senses and Calm Little Minds

As the parent of a child with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), I’m always on the lookout for different activities to stimulate, teach and calm the senses of my overactive toddler. For anyone not aware, SPD is a neurological disorder which disrupts the sensory information that the individual perceives resulting in abnormal responses (IE: over reacting or under-reacting to stimuli). We have sensory bottles everywhere, but it was time to branch out and get creative, so here are some of my favorite sensory activities I’ve come across!

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Tactile Sensory Play with Texture Balloons || THE CHAOS AND THE CLUTTER

Fluffy Cloud Dough Recipe || GLITTER ON A DIME

Edible Water Beads || STEP MOMMING

How to Make Slime without Borax || FINDING ZEST

Fireman Sensory Activity for Preschoolers || FIRE DEPT FAMILY

Edible Play Dough: Easy, Fun, Yummy! || INSPIRING SAVINGS

DIY Slime Stress Balls for Easter || COURTNEYS SWEETS

Stained Glass Finger Painting || LIFE ANCHORED

DIY Busy Board for a Busy Toddler || WHERE THE SMILES HAVE BEEN

Moon Sand Recipe – Non Toxic || CONSERVAMOM

Sensory Dinosaur Dig || TEAM CARTWRIGHT

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play || MOM SPOTTED

Jello Sensory Play for Babies and Toddlers || THE MOM FRIEND

Colored Ice Cube Play || CRAYONS AND CRAVINGS

DIY Montessori Flower Press || AKAMATRA

How to Make Glittery Faux Snow for Kids || HAPPY MOTHERING

Fluffy Slime Recipe || THE BEST IDEAS FOR KIDS

DIY Window Paint: Sensory Activity for Kids || MOM BRITE

How to Make an Oobleck in a Rainbow of Colors || LITTLE BINS FOR LITTLE HANDS

Zoo Sensory Bin Idea: Exploring Animal Textures || THE MOMENTS AT HOME

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15 thoughts on “20 Sensory Play Activities and Ideas for babies and Toddlers to Encourage Hands on Learning, Stimulate Senses and Calm Little Minds

  1. We needed this list so bad! Summer is here, and even my older kids would love all of these options! Thanks for doing the research!


  2. Hi Ariana! I’m always looking for new hands-on activities to do with my two-year-old granddaughter. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home. –Jennifer


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