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Easy sensory ideas are a must for moms of babies and toddlers.
Today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite sensory ideas for toddlers from across Pinterest.
They’re all EASY, mostly mess free, and cheap!
I tried to stick to the not so messy ideas because let’s be honest, we don’t need even MORE mess in our homes!
Here are 20 easy sensory ideas for toddlers!
From Everyday Chaos and Calm, we have:
The fruit loop smash! Or any cereal will do. Smash inside of buckets for a more mess free option. Or around the dog.
Flower play! Totally free option. She suggests snagging some flowers, pinecones and such from around you and letting your littles go wild.
& Colored spaghetti! This one is always fun. Plus not too bad to clean up!
Next up we have a fun idea from Busy Toddler.
Bubble trucks! This is a good idea to play outside. Or in the tub! She explains how to make bubble foam and just how to play with it in her post here.
Then from the Little Learning Club, we have a few different sensory play ideas for learning colors.
My favorite is her sorting toys by color idea. Check it out here!
Okay this one from Mostly Under Control is pretty great. It is 100% mess free and super easy.
Hair Gel Sensory window bags!!
This post from Messy Little Monster explains exactly how to make sensory spaghetti in a super fun and adorable way!
And one of my favorite mess free sensory ideas, sensory bags! Check out Growing a Jeweled Rose’s post here that is filled with so many creative sensory bag ideas!
After sensory bags, another mess free favorite are sensory bottles. Check out these rain stick bottles from Chalk Academy!
And some more creative sensory bottle ideas from the Little Learning Cub can be found here!
Another totally free and nature themed idea? Gather some leaves from your yard and stick them in a bucket like Twin Mom Refreshed! Twin moms think alike, I suppose!
Here is a great one for after the big sensory play, calm down jars. I have always wanted to make one for myself. Here is a tutorial from Play Based Parenting on making up these calm down jars.
And Kim of Team Cartwright has some brilliant ideas in her post here for sensory play. The shaving cream play is my favorite non-messy idea!
Then I have a few ideas for you guys also.
Earlier this week I talked about how to make up sensory bottles, so here is that post again for you guys!
And then a few months back I posted about 20 different sensory activities perfect for one year olds. Here is that list along with so many ideas!
- Stacking colored cups
- A smashing bin
- Balloon Play
- Pasta Scoop
- Painting Paper
- & so much more!
And last but not least, some sensory activities perfect for your water table!
I love these ones for hot summer days. But they could easily be adapted into bath tub games!
What do you think of these sensory ideas for toddlers? What will you be trying out first?