25 Homemade Sensory Play Recipes for KidsMari Hernandez-Tuten
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.
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.
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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DIY Sand Art 1 of 26This stuff can get expensive if you purchase it so enjoy saving some money with this recipe!
DIY Colored Sand
Rainbow Slime 2 of 26Slime will definitely get your senses going!
Chalk Paint 3 of 26Here's a new and fun twist to sidewalk chalk:
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Paper Mache Recipe & Craft 4 of 26There are so many crafts you can enjoy via this crafty medium: Paper Mache.
Paper Mache Spring Hats
Homemade Modelling Clay 5 of 26This medium is great for both educational and fun activities:
Homemade Modelling Clay
Pizza Parlour Play Dough 6 of 26One of the most versatile sensory activities I have found is play dough.
Pizza Parlour Play Dough
Moon Sand 7 of 26Moon sand can be pricey at the store but with this easy recipe you can enjoy it all year long.
Salt Dough Recipe 8 of 26A lot of people use this to make those cute Christmas ornaments:
Cornmeal Castle 9 of 26This looks like so much fun!
Gluten Free Play Dough 10 of 26I am so glad someone thought of this!
Gluten Free Play Dough
Dancing Oobleck 11 of 26Find out what makes it dance:
Bug Slime Spaghetti 12 of 26A wonderful twist to rainbow spaghetti:
Bug Slime Spaghetti
Sand and Sea Craft 13 of 26A lovely way to make a keepsake of your outing:
Sand and Sea Craft
DIY Finger Paint 14 of 26Now this can get messy!
Homemade Finger Paint
Microwave Puffy Paint Recipe 15 of 26Easy and fun!
Microwave Puffy Paint
Chocolate Shadow Play Dough 16 of 26It's not edible but it smells lovely!
Chocolate Shadow Play Dough
Skin Therapy Play Dough 17 of 26This sounds like it's right up my alley.
Skin Therapy Play Dough
Glittery Ball Bottles 18 of 26You can make so many sensory activities using bottles.
Glittery Ball Bottles
Exploring Sound with Homemade Shakers 19 of 26This is a 2 in 1 activity your baby will enjoy.
Exploring Sound with Homemade Shakers
Snow Painting 20 of 26Two ingredient snow fluff:
Ice cream Dough 21 of 26Yum! Not edible but lots of fun.
Ice Cream Dough
Dirt and Mud Play 22 of 26My son would absolutely love this!
Dirt and Mud Sensory Box
Glow in the Dark Slime 23 of 26Perfect for summer nights!
Glow in the Dark Slime
Kool-Aid Play Dough 24 of 26Scent sensory overload at your fingertips!
Kool Aid Play Dough
Oobleck! 25 of 26Icky fun!
Baking Soda and Vinegar Eruption! 26 of 26Your kids will be mesmerized by this sensory fun!
Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment
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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