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Squidgy, slimy, sensory play ideas for kids

sensory play ideas for kids

Fact: small humans love squishing things, poking things, jingling things and prodding things, and because we're spending so much time at home right now, we're thinking of ways to keep those tiny hands busy. Voila: we give you these easy sensory play ideas that are guaranteed to be a big hit. Warning: there may be an teeny weeny bit of mess involved... but it's all part of the fun, honest!

Glitter slime

sensory play ideas for kids
Photography: Somewhat Simple

We're loving this glitter slime recipe by Somewhat Simple: it has just three ingredients and produces oodles of icky, sticky, gorgeously glittery slime. Sensory play at its best for kiddos AND adults, we say.

Cloud dough

sensory play ideas for kids
Photography via Powerful Mothering

Not only is cloud dough easy to make and dough-tally awesome to play with, it's also toxin-free, safe and edible too! Phew! Try these instructions by Powerful Mothering for the fluffiest dough around.

Bubble bin

sensory play ideas for kids
Photography: No Time For Flash Cards

Whisking up bubbles is a classic sensory play activity, and we love that you need very little prep to whip this fun activity. All you need is a washing up bowl, a whisk, some soap (the stuff that isn't going to sting eyes!), a dash of food colouring, and, the most important thing of all, an acceptance of the fact that you're going to get wet. Pop over to No Time For Flash Cards to check out instructions.

Rainbow rice

sensory play ideas for kids
Rice is nice! Photography: Busy Toddler

Whether you chuck it into a bucket, into bags or into a bottle, there's plenty of sensory play adventure to be had when it comes to rainbow rice. Follow this tutorial by Busy Toddler for the full, rice-y lowdown.

Spaghetti worms

sensory play ideas for kids
Photography: Learning4Kids

The early bird catches the spaghetti worm... well at least it does with this cool sensory play idea. Learning4Kids has some great activity suggestions as well as instructions on how to make your own worms.

Frozen dinosaur eggs

sensory play ideas for kids
Photography: The Imagination Tree

We love this roarsome activity by The Imagination Tree! Science and sensory play all rolled into one!

Day at the beach

Sensory play ideas for kids
Photography: Fantastic Fun & Learning

We might not be able to get to the beach right now (unless you're one of the lucky ducks living on the coast), but we can bring the beach to us with this sensory beach set-up by Fantastic Fun & Learning.

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