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25 Homemade Sensory Play Recipes for Kids

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I long to be that creative and inspiring mom with my 2 year old but since he is the youngest of 3, most days I feel like I lost my mojo and energy. I find it hard to motivate myself to prepare educational and fun activities for my little man.  You know those great activities from those wonderful mom blogs that I spend tons of time reading and pinning so that one day I can be like them when I grow up.

One morning I woke up determined to be that creative mom for my youngest.  I decided it was time for him to explore painting. Not shaving cream painting, not edible painting but the real deal painting. I walked out of the room for like 5 seconds, leaving him alone with paint. That was a big mistake.  When I returned he had used his own body as a canvas!  He was quick and in the matter of seconds he had discovered warrior face painting but I guess this was part of the sensory painting experience for him, to use his whole body as he explored this new activity.

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Why sensory play?

This is how babies instinctively interact with their world and learn about their environment. So it is natural that we continue to encourage this interaction in their toddler years and beyond. Children need to dive into their world by touching, smelling, hearing, tasting and listening, just as my son did with the sensory play painting. Sensory play helps them fully engage in their environment.

sensory play rainbow rice

There are so many ways to do sensory play. It can be messy or it can be orderly and clean. One of the sensory play recipes I enjoy making is called Rainbow Rice (pictured above).   Just add some bowls, measuring cups,  or dump trucks and the kids will have fun for hours.  Stop by Fun at Home with Kids for the recipe.

Here are 25 more ways for you to enjoy stimulating your child’s senses through fun play recipes from some top kid blogger moms (you know those moms I mentioned above that I want to be like when I grow up). I am sharing creative recipes for play including gluten free recipes.

Creativity is contagious so don’t be surprised if you end up having fun.

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Note: Make sure you find sensory play activities that are suitable for the stage and personality of your child. For example, my son didn’t stick things in his mouth when he was a baby so putting him in a bin of rainbow rice would not have been a problem for him to play in.

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