Everything is a sensory experience for babies! Every texture, sound, taste, and touch is a new sensation to discover and explore. Check out these squishy, gooshy, and colorful activities to pull, push, oogle, twist, and smoosh! Whether you go for bags, bins, or the great outdoors here is a list of special activities designed with your baby in mind, these quick and easy do-it-yourself playtime concoctions are sure to bring joy to your little one!
10 Sensory Activities for Babies
First off is the most classic childhood activity – play-dough! Little Bins for Little Hands gives a great explanation of why play-dough is perfect for sensory input and fine motor skills. Here are Powerful Mothering’s popular play-dough recipes, try her cook AND no-cook versions!
The Imagination Tree’s clever homemade edible finger paint is wonderful for a day when you are feeling brave and want to see some beautiful masterpieces created on your kitchen table!
Let the squishing and squashing being with the slimy, stringy fun of rainbow spaghetti.
Nothing is better, more affordable, or easier than enjoying quality time outside under the sun with your little one crawling around you. Embrace the array of natural sensory exploration that can be found outside!
While your out in the sun, bring a bottle of bubbles and enjoy 11 benefits of playing with bubbles!
Fresh water is another essential sensory tool for a little baby, it is seemingly limitless with possibilities and applications.
A fresh chilled batch of jello is a great tool to encourage growth of fine motor skills, explore temperatures, and…get messy!
Sensory play doesn’t necessarily equate messy, these baby level sensory bags are great for contained mess-free playtime.
Don’t be unimpressed with its simple appearance, this textured sensory bag is great project that introduces babies to different textures, nice for older kids too as it evolves into the different stages after the first is thoroughly explored.
Pull some hair curlers from your bathroom cupboard and enjoy baby sensory play, pattern making, stacking, and sticking.