Sometimes it seems toddlers are perpetual motion machines. Keeping up with them can really keep you on your toes. Children in the toddler stage develop at such an incredible pace and it can be tricky to keep them entertained, but honestly an entertained toddler is much less likely to be wreaking [...]Continue Reading
Our Top Sensory Activities
for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Big Kids
Sensory activities are engaging, fun and often calming for kids. Our children come into this world wired to find out about their surroundings. By providing sensory experiences we enhance their development, and often help them regulate emotions by giving their growing brains exactly what they’re craving.
Start Here for a printable list of Top Sensory Activities for Kids:
This printable list includes simple sensory activities for all ages of kids. When my middle son was a toddler he had an OT to help us with sensory integration. I made this printable list at the time because often I was so tired that even remembering simple sensory activities that would be helpful for him was really challenging. These activities are naturally engaging for most kids and don’t require anything fancy.
Sensory Activities Save the Day
Having a few sensory activities tucked away that you can pull out when kids are getting restless can really save the day. Look through the posts in this category to find a creative sensory play idea to try today.
BBP Sensory Play Tip:
Once you’ve figured out a few simple sensory activities that your child really likes, you can create a storage area with all of the supplies in it so you can grab something exciting to do for your child at a moments notice. We have a cupboard (with a toddler lock on it to avoid major spills). It includes items like a bin of rice – play dough and play dough tools – plus bubble wrap, Party Blowouts and bubbles.
For any of these that involve mess, you might want to check out our Tips for Cleaning Up and Containing Messy Sensory Activities
Sensory Activities by Age:
Sensory Activities for Toddlers
Sensory Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergartners:
Sensory Activities for Elementary Age Kids
By Dayna Abraham of Lemon Lime Adventures, author of The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day Sensory play can be fun and engaging, but did you know that it can also help children focus? If you are anything like me, I am sure you have had times where you wished you could get your [...]Continue Reading
If the thought of messy sensory activities makes you shudder - you may find hope for trying out this type of fun with the following tips written by a mom of two busy and MESSY little ones. Also included are three easy clean-up and easy set up sensory activities for toddlers. Read on and get ready [...]Continue Reading
The bean box continues to be on of our favorite sensory activities. Sometimes when my four year old is out of sorts I get it down and just start playing in it myself so that he'll join me in this sensory play and be able to calm down. Originally posted Jan 28, 2010. With so much indoor [...]Continue Reading
Preschool Color Activity - Discovering GREEN! With a little food coloring, water play becomes a chance to discover color mixing. Being told that blue and yellow makes green is fine, but it's so much more exciting for your child to discover this for themselves! In order to make an activity like [...]Continue Reading
Updated - Originally posted December, 201o Note: I now have a printable list of preschool activities for you! Sometimes we just need an activity QUICK. When energies are spiraling downwards into chaos the best option around here is to refocus with a little sensory play. Here is a list of [...]Continue Reading