Simple Sensory Play Ideas Your Baby Will LOVE!

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Babies and toddlers love sensory play - sandboxes, water tables, play dough - it’s a wonderful way for babies and toddlers to explore and have fun, especially touch-based play where little ones can squish, smash, and run their fingers through different textures. Sensory play is beneficial for children, too - it’s calming and can help them develop language and motor skills!

Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play
Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play

 

There are tons of touch-based sensory play ideas across the internet, but most of them are geared toward older toddlers and preschoolers - beans, rice, and water beads that could be dangerous for our smallest explorers. Here at Piper Jade Kids, we want everyone to play and learn, so we found some great sensory play ideas that are simple and safe for everyone! 

Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play
Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play
Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play

Edible Finger Painting

What you’ll need:

1 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt

Food coloring 

Plastic disposable tablecloth or vinyl shower curtain

 

Perfect for babies six months and up, put a few tablespoons of yogurt in separate dishes, tint each dish, and set near your baby. Let your baby paint sit on the floor (or outdoors!) on a vinyl white shower curtain or disposable table cloth to “paint” a picture with his or her fingers! Use this time to point out colors or even paint with your baby. 

 

Definitely make sure you do this activity in a place where if yogurt gets flung or splashed, it won’t stain anything important. You can also let your baby sit in his or her high chair and paint the tray while you put dinner together or make a phone call.

Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play

Spiky Turtle

What you’ll need:

Multi-colored pipe cleaners

A colander with holes 

 

This is a great motor-skill activity that will captivate your little one! Simply show your baby or toddler how to “thread” the holes with pipe cleaners. Not only does this help with grip and threading, but this can be a game used to help identify colors, take turns, and learn to share. 

 

If you worry there are pointy ends on the pipe cleaners, an easy fix is to fold the last half-inch up and twist it tightly against itself. 

Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play
Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play

Buried Treasure

What you’ll need:

4-8 cups of oats

Shoebox, plastic bin, or other solid container

Blocks, plastic or wooden animals, or letters and numbers

Slotted spoons, measuring cups, and scoops

 

Dry or raw oats are great for letting babies dig and sift through because they are taste-safe without being a serious choking hazard under supervision. Simply pour the oats in a large shoebox, bowl, or bin and hide objects for your baby to find and let him or her dig in with slotted spoons, scoops, or a cup. 

 

Not only is this a fun sensory play, but when your child finds “treasure” you can turn it into an educational game for identifying animals, shapes, letters, or numbers.

 

You can create different textures by using flour, sand, or taste-safe water beads with tapioca or boba tea pearls and dye them gorgeous different colors.

Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play
Simple sensory play ideas your baby will love- babies and toddlers play-piper jade kids-costa mesa-californis-orange county-children clothing-baby clothing-baby play

Baby Friendly Cloud Dough

What you’ll need: 

Four cups of all-purpose flour

¼ cup of vegetable or olive oil

Cookie cutters, cups, and molds

 

In a large mixing bowl or bin, mix flour and oil until a soft, moldable dough forms. If it doesn’t clump, add a little more flour, but if it feels too dry, add a teaspoon more oil. The great thing about cloud dough is it is moldable like sand, but soft enough for babies’ sensitive skin. Plus, it’s easy for little hands to squeeze and shape, and your older kids will enjoy playing with it, too!. Let your children make molds and shapes out of it with cookie cutters, cups, and other shapes. 

 

Note: Because this has oil in it, if it spills on the floor, it can make the floor slippery. Consider playing with this on top of an old blanket, vinyl shower curtain, or outside on an old rug for safety and to prevent carpet or furniture mishaps. 

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Never Ending Fabric Box

What you’ll need:

Plastic baby wipes container (wiped down and dry)

Numerous fabric scraps around six inches square in various colors and textures

Any parent knows that as soon as your back is turned, your baby is pulling all the wipes out of the container. All. Of. The. Wipes. And I think I speak for all parents when sometimes, it’s just easier to let them have their fun, then try to stuff the wipes back in the container. 

 

A friend of mine was tired of this happening, so she went into her fabric scrap bag (she sews), and stuffed a bunch of scraps into the box for her 10-month old daughter to go crazy with. And it worked! 

 

I like using different colors and textures, but use what’s handy. You can buy scraps at the fabric store, or just make your own with old towels, grown out baby clothes that maybe have stains or are a little too worn to donate, and other materials. Loosely stuff the box with scraps so when one gets pulled out, another will pop up, repeat! 

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Silly Suncatcher

What you’ll need:

Hair gel

Ziploc® bag (quart or gallon size)

Acrylic “rhinestones,” googly eyes, large glitter

Food coloring (optional)

Super-glue (optional but recommended)

Masking or packing tape

 

Add the decorations to the bag, then enough hair gel for it to squish the decorations around. If you want to make it a water theme, add blue food coloring or any color your child likes. Add a few drops of super glue to the zip-lock to be certain it won’t pop open, and tape it to a sunny window in your child’s reach, like a patio door.

 

Let your child squish and poke and move the decorations around in the bag for a neat, squishy feeling that is brightly colored and eye-catching!

 

The great thing about all of these sensory activities is you can get all of the materials at a dollar store and assemble them in moments, so any rainy day can become a fun activity day in a flash!

 

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