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Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Ultimate Sensory Play Guide

Unless you've been living in a cave for a few years you already heard that sensory play is all the rage.   If you don't do it your kids will never go to college and might even sue you for negligence when they grow up.  What's sensory play?   It's all the fun learning activities that engage multiple senses.  Sensory play strengthens neural pathways important to all types of learning.  This may explain why the internet is bursting with sensory play ideas.  I'm grateful to live in an age when most creative people have access to the world wide web and can share their wonderful ideas with others.

My ambitious goal is to try every quality sensory idea out there with each of my kids.  What often happens though is that when I find myself with a block of time when we can try some new sensory adventure I have to start by sitting down in front of the computer and doing some research.  I would go to one website and find that we don't have the necessary ingredients.  I would go to another site only to discover that we have already done that. Then it would be another site with a lame idea and yet another one with a broken link.  And the next thing I know it's time for us to eat and by the time the food is heated, served, eaten and cleaned up, it's time for a nap.  And after a nap it's time for a walk.  And the opportunity is lost.  So the last time I caught myself thinking that I wished I had all the sensory play ideas worth trying in one place, it occurred to me, it is possible!  I could gather all the wonderful sensory ideas in one place and share it with the world.  So that's what I'm trying to do here.  Your guide to the best of the sensory play ideas on the web.  I will be adding more with time as we stumble upon more great sensory ideas.

The Best of the Best on the Web
25 Sensory Play Activities from Hands On As We Grow
15 Food Sensory Bins from The Jenny Evolution
23 Learning Sensory Play from Learning 4 Kids
18 Insanely Awesome Sensory Activities collected by Play Ideas
100+ Sensory Activities on Kids Activities Blog

Toddler Approved Sensory Play
15 Toddler Sensory Play Ideas on Lemon Lime Adventures
10 Sensory Activities for 2-year olds from My Life and Kids
12 Homemade Paint Recipes for Toddlers from Lean Play Imagine
7 Summer Sensory Activities for Toddlers from Famlii

Corn flour Desert Sensory Bin
50 Things from around the House
If you like to start with one main ingredient and go from there, here is the best guide on the web.
50 Sensory Ideas to get your started on a Sensory Adventure from Tutus and Tea Parties

Most popular in my house
And by popular I mean that it's easy to setup, easy to clean, we tend to have all that is necessary for it handy and therefore we do it often.

Ooey-Gooey Fun
Homemade Sand
Cornmeal sensory bin
Shaving Cream play
Color Adventure
Snakes in a Jello
Homemade Edible Finger Paint from the Imagination Tree
Homemade Silly Putty from PBS Kids
Ocean Sensory Play Ideas from Fun At Home with Kids

Kitchen spices painting
If you are looking for some visual guide to sensory play check out our Sensory Play Pinterest Board.
Follow Kid Minds's board Sensory Activities on Pinterest.

Please, let me know in the comments below what are your favorite sensory activities and I will be happy to add them to this page.