Sensory Play Activities for Toddlers – Part Two!

Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction!  And we can’t get enough of it!

Here we have listed some more sensory play activities for toddlers you can do at home for free or little expense.

Spaghetti Play

Boil the spaghetti as specified in the cooking instructions. Add food colouring to the water (the more food colouring you add the more vibrant the colour).  Allow to cool before placing it into a tray for your toddler to explore.

Spaghetti Play

Frozen Slime

Do you have a Frozen fan? Well they will just love this sensory Frozen slime activity!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of PVA glue
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp. contact lens solution
  • Drop of blue food colouring
  • Silver glitter
  • Snowflake sequins

Method:

  1. Mix the glue, bicarbonate of soda in a bowl
  2. Add the contact lens solution and a small drop of blue food colouring
  3. Stir well, then kneed with hands until you reach desired texture
  4. Now add lots of glitter and snowflakes and stir through until it sparkles!

Frozen Slime

Make your Own Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand can be expensive to buy, but it is so easy to make!

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sand
  • 1 tbsp. of corn flour
  • A drop of washing up liquid
  • 1 cup of water
  • A drop on food colouring

Method:

  • Mix the sand and corn flour in a bowl
  • Combine the water, food colouring and washing up liquid in a cup and stir until the water starts to foam
  • Then gradually add the water mixture to the sand and corn flour, stirring as you go
  • Continue to mix slowly until you have reached your desired consistency
  • Add buckets and moulds, and your kinetic sand is ready!

Kinetic Sand

Animal rescue!

To make this melting ice science and sensory play for your little ones, follow these easy steps:

  • Place animals into a small container
  • Cover with coloured water and place in freezer
  • Once frozen, remove ice block and place into larger container
  • Add some warm water and a baster
  • Help the animals to escape by using the baster to pour warm water over the trapped animals!

A perfect science activity to talk about changes in temperature.

Animals in Ice

Construction trucks in soil

With your little one, collect pebbles stick, cardboard tubes and boxes.  Place them all in a large tray or box.  Add some construction trucks and soil and you’re ready to start building!

Trucks in Soil

Sensory Fire fighter rescue

Bring your fire fighter toys to life by adding shaving foam and some powdered paint to toy buildings to create a fire.  Then have your little one save the building by putting the fire out with water.

Shaving Form Sensory Play

Farm animals in sand

All you need is a large tray with sand.  Add farm animals for guaranteed hours of fun!

Animals in Sand Sensory Play

Water Bottle Top Play

Ever wondered what you could do with lots of bottle tops!  Add them to a large container of water, provide a sieve for catching and allow your toddler to collect as many as they can.  You can count them as they go!

Water Bottle Top Sensory Play

Sensory foot trail

This is so much fun for little feet!

You will need lots of large trays or shallow boxes and containers.  Then fill them with the following suggested items:

  • Water
  • Shredded paper
  • Sand
  • Egg cartons
  • Dried food e.g. rice, seeds, pulses
  • Jelly

Line the trays up to form a trail and get you toddler to describe how each one feels!

Sensory Walk Trail

For more sensory play activities for toddlers, take a look at our blog from last year!

Please show us pictures, in the comments below, of your little ones engaged in sensory play. We may even share them across our social media pages!

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